Intern Recruitment:  Suggestions and Tools

Contact the career center of your local college or university.  Obtain information about
how to promote internship opportunities through the center.  In addition, contact the
following departments of the local college or university to promote the internship:

Child and Family Studies
Family Science
Human Development
Marriage and Family Life
Political Science/Public Policy
Social Work
Sociology

Contact any public policy think tank in your state or community that works on family and
marriage issues.  Ask them if they have a list serve that could promote your internship program.
The following Internet links will guide you to organizations in your state or region:

http://www.policyexperts.org/organizations/

http://www.frc.org/councils.cfm

The National Council on Family Relations has a list serve that sends out information on jobs
and internship opportunities around the country.  Visit the web site at www.ncfr.org to join the list serve.

The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. has a list serve that sends out information on
jobs and internship opportunities around the country.  Contact Lynn Gibson or David Jetter at 202-546-4400 for more information.

The Smart Marriages List Serve is also available to send out information on jobs and internships.
Contact Diane Sollee at diane@smartmarriages.com for more information.

The Leadership Institute in Northern Virginia has a list serve that sends out information on
jobs and internship opportunities around the country.  Contact Jim Cromwell at 703-247-2000 for more information.

Internship Opportunity:
Our internships provide first hand knowledge of a community healthy marriage initiative
and show how theory is turned into practice.  Learn the basics of pulling together a marriage
initiative in the local community, building a coalition of private and public partners.

Name of Your Organization:
Contact Person:
Phone/E-Mail/Fax:
Internship Duties:

_  Research and track community marriage initiatives around the country
_  Track media stories on the marriage initiative
_  Create a data base of activists, volunteers, and organizations that are partners in the initiative
_  Organize mailings
_  Attend conferences and local events to promote the initiative with local stakeholders
_  Draft letters to the editor
_  Organize meetings and training sessions
_  Track state and federal legislative activity on healthy marriages
_  Track state and federal funding opportunity on healthy marriages
_  Review literature, issue papers, and information pamphlets
_  Answer Phones, File

Time Commitment:  Flexible, 20 hours per week, etc.

Willing to accommodate requests for college credit requirements

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SAMPLE Letter to Colleges/Universities Regarding Internships

Print on Your Letterhead

Date

Name of Career Center Director
College/University
Address
Address

Dear Mr./Ms. Jones:

I am requesting your assistance in promoting internships with Name of Your Organization.  I am
enclosing a flyer about the internships including specific duties as well as a point of contact for
further information.

Name of Your Organization is committed to strengthening marriages and families in Town, County, or Region.
 Our internships will provide first hand knowledge of a community healthy marriage initiative and
show how theory is turned into practice.  Your university students will learn the basics of pulling together
a marriage initiative and how to help build a coalition of private and public partners.  All majors and areas
of study are welcome to apply.

I will be in touch in the next few weeks to answer any questions you may have as well provide any
additional information.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
 

Your Name
Name of Your Organization

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