Internship Opportunities

The following organizations have expressed an interest in hosting a Nonprofit Fellow for Spring 2020. Watch this space for additional listings as they are received.

Efficiency First

Efficiency First improve residential home energy efficiency in the United States. Efficiency First is a non-profit trade association that represents energy auditors and contractors whose mission it is to reduce home energy use, and thus emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants associated with heating, cooling, and electricity production.

Contact Information: Tom Carter

Wright to Read

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring & mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a comprehensive support network that guides each child to success.

Contact Information: Luisa Reyes

Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes people and resources to meet regional and community needs. We strengthen nonprofits, connect volunteers and – with the help of more than 30,000 people each year – we make a difference through volunteer power!

Contact Information: Jen Brown


FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in Fairfax County. We meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, help them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and work with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.

FACETS was founded in 1988 to respond to the diverse needs of people impacted by poverty in Fairfax, Virginia. We began as an outreach project by our founder, Linda D. Wimpey, who, in partnership with several area churches, prepared and delivered hot meals to families who were homeless three nights a week. This program continues to this day, and we have since expanded from operating as an emergency food program to a full-time staff of professionals, an engaged board of directors and a range of programs that work to break the cycle of poverty and prevent and end homelessness in our community.

Contact Information: Maura Williams,

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Mason

We are a non-profit affiliated with Mason that provides educational classes to retired people on 3 campuses in Northern Virginia (Mason Fairfax, Mason Loudoun and some locations in Reston).

Contact Information: Alice Slayton Clark,

Northern Virginia Family Service

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is a private nonprofit that helps permanently lift families and individuals out of poverty and along the path to independence and brighter futures. Seven core service areas include: housing, health & mental health, early child development, child placement services, intervention & prevention, legal services and workforce development.

Contact Information: Karen Horowitz,, 571.748.2626

South County Youth Network

Our mission is to support and deliver quality prevention/education programs and activities for youth and adults through community collaboration. SCYN serves the Mount Vernon/West Potomac school-community pyramids located in the southeastern part of Fairfax County, Virginia. Our community is large and very diverse – culturally and economically – with a population of 80,000 people.  SCYN is faced with the great challenge of selecting and implementing strategies that make a lasting impact on our youth, adults and the neighborhoods where we live.

Contact Information: Burnette Scarboro,

Keep Prince William Beautiful

Keep Prince William Beautiful is a nonprofit environmental organization that serves Prince William County through partnering with residents, businesses and government to educate and inspire people to be environmental stewards and keep Prince William beautiful. We offer six programs spanning the issues of litter removal and education, recycling education and water quality.

Contact Information: Kiliaen Anderson,, 571-285-3772

Our Task

Mission: To empower and mobilize young adults to lead a movement toward a more sustainable future by training them to be informed, effective leaders.

Contact Information: Martha Nowlan, Deputy Director,


Mission: Cornerstones helps people build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, childcare, food, or financial assistance.

Contact Information: Susan Alger,

Neighborhood Partners

Neighborhood Partners is a collaboration between the Telesis Corporation, the Neighborhood Associates Corporation, and CT Associates. It is responsible for the development and wellbeing of mixed income communities across the country.

Contact Information: Phillip Peters,, 812-325-8968 or Kamran Hakiman,, 615-713-8220

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia

SCAN of Northern Virginia promotes the well-being of children, improves parent-child relations and prevents child abuse and neglect by: educating the community about child abuse/neglect and the importance of positive parenting; providing parent education; and advocating for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.  Today, SCAN pursues its mission through three programs: a Public Education Program; a Parent Education Program; and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

Contact Information: Karen Price,

Mason Hillel

Mason Hillel's mission is to inspire Jewish students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life and learning. We empower student leaders to explore their identity through organizing programs such as community service projects like Good Deeds Day, communal dinners like our German Jewish Dialogue, and experiential education programs like the November 2016 Expressions of the Holocaust event.

Contact Information: Ross Diamond, Executive Director,

Carpenter's Shelter

Mission: Carpenter’s Shelter supports the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy.

Carpenter’s Shelter serves over 1,000 homeless and formerly homeless children and adults each year.

Carpenter’s Shelter’s comprehensive continuum of care offers continuous services, aiding the chronically homeless and shelter residents through their transition back into independent living. We empower our clients to address the issues which led them to homelessness and provide the tools necessary to achieve lasting independence.

90% of clients who continue on with our community case management program remain in permanent housing during their first year out of the shelter, which is a very vulnerable time.

ACT of Alexandria

In the fall of 2002, a small group of Alexandrians came together to decide how best to stimulate philanthropic giving to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in their community.

One of the several catalysts was the availability of an initial sum of money that the family of Norma L. Steuerle, a generous, long-time Alexandria resident, transferred to ACT after Mrs. Steuerle's tragic death on September 11, 2001. After careful consideration, the group determined that a community foundation focused on Alexandria would be the right vehicle to make a deep, long lasting impact on their community.

From its launch in 2004, ACT for Alexandria has proven its value as a community foundation. ACT brings the community together to elevate local philanthropic giving and engagement to new heights, supports local nonprofits working to aid the most vulnerable and develops solutions for our most pressing community challenges.

Since its founding, ACT has continued to expand and adapt its programs and initiatives to meet the needs of the community. ACT initiatives include ACTion Alexandria, an online civic engagement platform, Spring2ACTion, 24 hours of online giving to support local nonprofits, LEAD, an executive coaching program, and IMPACT: Innovation+Philanthropy, an annual leadership development forum.

Brightpaths (formerly: Our Daily Bread)

Our Daily Bread provides our Fairfax County area neighbors in need with short-term safety-net services and empowers them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency. We welcome individual volunteers and those from local faith-based groups, community organizations, businesses, schools and universities.

Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


*updated Fall 2016