Employer: United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
Internship Number: 616
Internship Title: Special Projects  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.This internship exposes interns to a diverse array of opportunities that United Way is engaged in. A special projects intern will become familiar with many aspects of the non-profit sector. There will, however, be a focus on working on initiatives that address identified community needs, including transportation, access to mental health services and food insecurity, for example. Grant writing, resource development and project implementation will be key responsibilities.

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.
  • Grant research and writing
    • Target outcome: Become familiar with United Way current, past, and potential grant sources; identify at least 4 new sources of funding for both designated and undesignated grants
    • Target outcome: Write at least 2 grants and submit them to identified funder
  • Data collection, input, and research
    • Target outcome: Assist with the data collection and input for determining ROI on initiatives such as.
      • Community Energy Challenge
      • Packs for Progress
      • Leadership and Growth Through service
  • The Pantry Project
    • Target outcome: Research food insecurity data for Greater Franklin County and develop a summary. This includes collecting data from Good Shepherd Food Bank, and local food pantries.
    • Target outcome: Continue to survey food pantry patrons using existing survey.
    • Target outcome: Establish at least two Pantry Project participants.
  • Summary of Community Needs
    • Target outcome: Update a summary of community requests that have been tracked since 2012 by United Way.  
    • Target outcome: Update a summary of community requests that have been tracked by 211 since 2008.
  • Communications and Marketing
    • Target outcome: Interview at least 4 recipients of UW funding and write 4 articles about the impact of UW funding
  • 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 is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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