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Community Action Network


Ann Arbor, MI (remote)


(A) Laura Amtower; (B) Katie Lampen

Description of Project Role and Responsibilities

Community Action Network (CAN) is seeking interns to participate in one of two projects listed below. Please indicate in your cover letter which project you are most interested in. Depending on interest and available funding, one intern may be selected for each project.

Project A: Wellness in Children and Families

Every year Community Action Network (CAN) facilitates a 12-month topical curriculum at each of six locations, reaching over 250 children aged Kindergarten through 8th grade. This curriculum begins during CAN’s annual summer camp in June and is taught throughout the rest of the school year during our weekly After School Program. Each curriculum is developed over the course of six months with intentional community and staff input. Previous themes have included architecture, STEAM, food, and Michigan culture. The theme for 2021-2022 (beginning June, 2021) will be wellness, and will cover a variety of topics from physical health and body positivity, to personal and collective social and emotional health, to managing healthy relationships, to contributing to community wellness.

Given the circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing effort to challenge systems rooted in racism and inequality, CAN is seeking to expand this curriculum beyond in-program time for only K to 8th grade students, to out-of-program time aimed toward family and community units. CAN is seeking individuals with a background in the arts and humanities, education, social work, or related disciplines to conceptualize, co-develop, and pilot this wellness program over the course of the summer. Interns will collaborate with CAN directors and staff, and report to Laura Amtower, Director of CAN Art & Design. Interns will participate in weekly collaborative meetings that focus on the wellness program, and are additionally invited to participate in weekly supervision sessions with University of Michigan Master of Social Work students to hold topical discussions in relation to work at CAN, studies, and current events.

Project B: CAN Works

In addition to ensuring our families have the support and resources they need to provide better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live, we are now developing a new subscription service to support other organizations and educators in their missions rooted in equity and justice by providing access to the successful program procedures, materials, templates, and trainings we have developed in over 30 years of partnering with families.

CAN Works subscribers will have access to various packages related to our education programs, stabilization programs, community-building materials, nonprofit administration best practices, fundraising/development tools and resources, and consultation services. A business plan is available upon request.

We are seeking individuals with a background in communications, marketing, graphic design, business, or related disciplines to co-develop materials and content for the subscription service and help ensure this business is designed and marketed successfully. Experience with Microsoft Word and the Google Suite is a must; experience with the web platform WIX is a bonus. Interns will collaborate with Katie Lampen, Director of Program Management.

Time Commitment and Stipend

Start date: May 4, 2021
End date: August, 20, 2021
Hours or days per week: Flexible schedule, approximately 20 hours per week
Stipend: $6,400

About the Organization

CAN partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live. CAN envisions the closing of socio-economic gaps by providing educational and enrichment programs for children and teens, supportive services for families who are under-resourced, and challenging systems rooted in racism and inequality.