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Public Relations & Blog Writing Spring Internship (Virtual)

This internship is offered through our unique, first-of-its-kind Amish Cultural Literacy Internship Program, comprised of a cohort of 12 students who want to acquire Amish cultural literacy through PR, blog writing, or grant writing, so they can become empowered advocates for Amish women and girls — as well as similar educationally deprived and disadvantaged groups — or for the importance of education access and equity. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in professional development programming alongside their internship.

Public Relations & Blog Writing Spring Internship (Virtual)

Spring 2023

Location: Virtual
Start Date: Between January 18 and 23 (your choice, including earlier if your school requires that)
End Date: April 28

Hours: 8-10 hours per week. Must be available on Fridays for weekly team meetings.

Candidates must be eligible to receive academic credit for this internship or participate via their school’s internship program or requirements for interning. We will work with your school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork. Recent grads or students taking a gap year are welcome to apply as volunteers in our training program if they're not eligible for internship credit through their school.

Application Deadline: December 7. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

About The Amish Heritage Foundation and Founder Torah Bontrager:
The Amish Heritage Foundation is a history-making 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to 1) making it possible for Amish women and girls to attend school past the 8th grade, so they can exercise their rights, participate in civic engagement, and contribute to the global community, and 2) raising awareness about the crises hidden in Amish society.

The Amish are an insular, underserved minority population of ~350,000 throughout ~30 states in rural America who speak English as a second language. Their religion requires members to attend Amish-only schools and to stop their education after 8 years; and they are prohibited from learning STEM, politics, current affairs, law, civics, music, and the fine arts. The average adult has a 5th grade level of English fluency and 3rd/4th grade math, the religion forbids health insurance and integration with mainstream society, and women are prohibited from exercising their rights as American citizens.

Founder Torah Bontrager, Columbia University ’07GS, was born and raised Amish and literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15, in order to have the opportunity to go to high school and college. She’s the author of the memoir Amish Girl in Manhattan, and her story and work have appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Tim Ferriss’ blog, Forbes.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tablet, The Federalist, USA TODAY, and the Tamron Hall Show, among others.

About the Internship Program:
The Amish Heritage Foundation (AHF) is looking for undergrad and grad students who are interested in an internship as part of its Amish Cultural Literacy Internship Program. You’ll work directly with the Founder & Executive Director to deliver on timely objectives. 

This internship is designed to allow you to see a variety of aspects of the roles PR and blog writing play in AHF's day-to-day activities. You'll also gain an appreciation for the overall impact media relations has on our reputation and outreach.

In particular, you'll learn how to or assist with the following:

  • Write blog posts on Amish culture and issues published under your name or anonymously
  • Pitch stories about our work (e.g., educational and social initiatives) to outlets
  • Conduct research that speaks to our target market
  • Identify what a corporate reputation is and why it's important
  • Explain what participatory culture is and why it's important
  • Acquire Amish cultural literacy in order to hone your skills for our audiences

We hope that your time with us will turn out to be one of your favorite memories — perhaps even a major turning point — when you look back on your life years from now. You’ll be considered a vital part of our team and your ideas will be welcomed. You’ll also receive personal mentoring throughout the program to help you achieve your career goals.

Even though AHF is a nonprofit, we operate more as an entrepreneurial startup, with social impact and sustainable earned income among our metrics for success (Torah’s experience is in entrepreneurship). At the end of your time with us, you’ll have acquired marketable and lucrative transferable skills that you can use in your personal, professional, or academic journey.

What a Former Intern Said:
"My internship with the Amish Heritage Foundation was one of the most rewarding experiences this year. I learned about PR, marketing & nonprofits, grew my network, & discovered a mission that I was proud to work for."

Who We’re Looking For:

  1. Enthusiastic initiative, strong work ethic, and commitment to the position. You must be able to make these 8-12 weekly hours a priority.
  2. Quick Learner. Eager to learn new skills and broaden knowledge.
  3. Creativity. Strong writing and strategic thinking skills.

**If you have experience with and access to the following software, please indicate so in your cover letter:

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Premier, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Asana, Trello, Basecamp, or similar application
  • Slack, or similar application

How to Apply:
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply, please submit through Handshake or email [intern at AmishHeritage .org] with the following:

  1. Your resume (PDF format)
  2. A cover letter addressed to Torah (PDF format) explaining what interests you about the internship, how you’d be a great fit, and whether an internship is a requirement as part of your degree program or credit is given through your school
  3. Your transcript (unofficial or official) (PDF format)
  4. Two to three (2-3) examples of papers that you've written––whatever you consider your best work; if applicable, we're especially interested in seeing a proposal you submitted that got you funded (PDF format)
  5. Email subject line: AHF Internship: [YOUR NAME]

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to complete our free online Introduction to Amish Culture course (2.5 hours total) in order to decide whether interning with AHF is your first choice. Email [intern at AmishHeritage .org] with AHF Internship Course: [YOUR NAME] in the subject line for the link.

I look forward to receiving your application! - Torah

Check with your Advisor or Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.