Employer: United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
Internship Number: 611
Internship Title: Grant Writer Internship
Location: Farmington, ME
Period of Engagement: To be determined by supervisor based on academic requirements and availability.
Compensation Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
United Way is a nonprofit organization that partners with 50 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges.The selected student will help research and write grants that provide critical funding to community programs like food pantries and domestic violence prevention programs. The intern will also seek grant support for United Way initiatives such as Leadership and Growth Through Service Summer Experience and Packs for Progress.

This internship and its responsibilities and associated hours may be modified to meet internship and practicum requirements from 450 hours to a minimum of 135.

  • Orientation and training
    • Target outcome: Attend one orientation session
    • Target outcome: Identify potential professional development opportunities to acquire and ask for support. (Example: Excel training; public speaking; etc.)
  • Office assistance
    • Target outcome: Become familiar with community requests by providing office assistance including answering phones and greeting people as they visit the office depending on schedule and availability. Triaging requests provides valuable insight into community needs, resources, and gaps in services as well as the operations of a non-profit.
  • Research funding opportunities nationally, regionally and locally
    • Target outcome: Update existing grant tracking spreadsheet to ensure accuracy of information
    • Target outcome:  Research new funding opportunities and identify at least ten new funders and add them to the UWTVA grant tracking sheet
    • Target outcome: Become familiar with the Maine Philanthropy Center and its resources, including the Directory of Maine Grant Makers
  • Prioritized funding needs
    • Target outcome: Read Community Needs Assessments assembled by UWTVA
    • Target outcomes: Read United Way Community Needs Assessment
    • Target outcomes: Read Community Partner, Hope Fund and Special Project Fund requests
    • Target outcomes: Interview staff to determine their perspective
  • Grant writing
    • Target outcomes: Reach out to established and new potential partners prior to writing a grant to determine potential for collaboration and to avoid duplication
    • Target outcome: Write at least five grants to support United Way’s Community Investment process and 3 grants to support United Way initiatives
  • Special projects as assigned


  • Attend community meetings (such as the Franklin Resource Collaborative) as assigned and available.
  • Become familiar with United Way Community Investment process and United Way Community Partners to have a better understanding of community needs, and what United Way supports
  • Provide a written one-page report to site supervisor weekly
  • Meet at a scheduled time for a one-on-one meeting with site supervisor at least every two weeks (frequent interaction will also occur at the United Way office, FVN meetings, and other venues throughout the community)
  • Ask questions as needed so site supervisor can provide appropriate support
  • Be passionate about meeting United Way’s mission and goals
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to talk with a variety of persons/groups
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Good research and organizational skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Attention to detail
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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