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2014 FOCUS North America Internship Program

Since 2009, FOCUS North America has offered an internship program to undergraduates and recent college graduates interested non-profit management and poverty reduction programs. The FOCUS Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain firsthand exposure to the operations of a cutting edge organization that provides healthcare, housing, job/workforce development, and other community development activities to the homeless and working poor families in North America.  

FOCUS North America Internship Program in 2014 

FOCUS internships typically require a 10 to 12 week full-time commitment during the months of June – August. In 2014 there will be multiple opportunities for interns as follows: 

National Program Intern at our Pittsburgh headquarters with some travel to FOCUS operations nationwide;

Research & Planning Intern at our Pittsburgh headquarters.  This position will work primarily with the Youth Equipped to Serve (YES) Program field office with some travel to home build sites in New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Toms River, NJ and Colorado;

Center Interns based in cities across the nation and supporting various FOCUS program centers.  

All interns will receive stipends.  All interns are responsible for their own housing. 

A detailed action plan for each intern will be developed based on the descriptions below.  

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate, recent college graduates, or advanced degree students.  Must be 18 years of age or older. 

Application Process

  1. Please download and complete the internship application form
  2. Submit the following documents to FOCUS North America: 
    * Completed internship application form
    * Current resume
    * One letter of recommendation
  3. All documents should be sent via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   All documents should be in PDF or WORD format.  Please write "FOCUS Internship" in the email subject line.

Application Deadline is May 10th, 2014.  Successful candidates will be informed of their acceptance by May 30, 2014.  

Internship Descriptions

National Program Intern

FOCUS North America is a national, faith-based non-profit organization that provides sustainable services to the homeless and working poor of America.  Through targeted feeding, job-creation, housing, and community distribution programs, FOCUS seeks to transform people’s lives, moving them from dependency to self-sufficiency.  

Summary

The Program Intern will work with the national office to compile and document FOCUS’ program models and work on researching and establishing new FOCUS programs around the nation.  This internship will provide practical, hands-on training and experience in the day to day operations of the FOCUS North America National Office and requires a high-performance and driven individual.  Travel (expenses paid by FOCUS) throughout the United States may be required to observe and research FOCUS’ operations.  

Responsibilities

Research existing program models and policies.

Create short briefing papers on FOCUS programs and best practices

Coordinate with FOCUS staff and volunteers nationwide to assess and monitor existing programming and plan for new initiatives.  

Develop a locally-hosted database of FOCUS program models.

Assist in planning staff and partner meetings.  

Perform other duties as required.

Research and Planning Intern

FOCUS North America is a national, faith-based non-profit organization that provides sustainable services to the homeless and working poor of America.  Through targeted feeding, job-creation, housing, and community distribution programs, FOCUS seeks to transform people’s lives, moving them from dependency to self-sufficiency.  

Summary

The Research and Planning Assistant will manage national projects and assist the YES Program Director with regular program activities, along with overseeing YES Trip planning and other research projects of the national office.  

Responsibilities

Research existing program policies

Develop research project goals and objectives

Work on YES Trip Planning for Fall 2014

Assist with YES program related tasks

Assist with other national office events and projects

 

Advisory Board

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Andrew Natsios, (Chairman) Former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development

Peter Marudas, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Sarbanes

Maria Foscarinis
, Founder and Executive Director of National Legal Center for Homelessness and Poverty

Kh. Frederica & Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green
, Nationally known author and commentator and outstanding parish priest

Joel Smith
, Comprehensive Media, Nashville, TN

Mrs. Theodora Polamalu - Click here for more info

 

Financial Statements and Policies

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Annual Report

 

2012 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report

 

 

Previous Reports

IRS Form 990

View FOCUS North America's 2011 Form 990 here.

Our Privacy Policy

FOCUS North America knows that you care how information about you is collected, used and shared. We appreciate your trust and we are committed to protecting your privacy. It is our desire that visitors to our website are aware of this privacy policy. You can read our privacy policy here.

   

Leadership

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Board of Directors

Mr. Brian Gerich, Chairman

Mr. Joe Abdalah, Vice Chairman

Ms. Georgia Kazakis, Vice Chairman

Dr. Julie Papatheofanis, Secretary

Mrs. Lory Barsdate Easton

Dr. Nick Pandelidis

Dr. Eric Paljug

Honorary Board Members

Charles R. Ajalat (Founder)

 

Advisory Board

Andrew Natsios, (Chairman) Former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development

Peter Marudas, Former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Sarbanes

Maria Foscarinis
, Founder and Executive Director of National Legal Center for Homelessness and Poverty 

Kh. Frederica & Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green
, Nationally known author and commentator and outstanding parish priest 

Joel Smith
, Comprehensive Media, Nashville, TN

Mrs. Theodora Polamalu - Click here for more info

 

Job Openings

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FOCUS North America is a national, faith-based non-profit organization that provides sustainable services to the homeless and working poor of America.  Through targeted feeding, job-creation, housing, and community distribution programs, FOCUS seeks to transform people’s lives, moving them from dependency to self-sufficiency.  One of FOCUS’ key activities is supplying school-aged children with the resources they need to stay in school and succeed in their educational environment.

 

National Program Intern

(Download PDF announcement)

Location: Orange County, California

Summary: The Program Internship will provide practical, hands-on project management training and skills development in the context of a multi-million dollar community engagement and distribution program implemented in more than 20 cities across the United States.  This is a high-level internship that requires a high-performance and driven individual who is seeking to gain a deep understanding of community and volunteer engagement, and the federally-mandated social services framework.  Qualified candidates who are interested in domestic or international social services, social entrepreneurship, or community development programs is encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: The intern is responsible for supporting the various needs of a nationally-implemented community engagement and distribution program including: engaging local faith-based communities and volunteers, managing volunteer engagement and participation in FOCUS program activities, keeping detailed distribution records of goods/items delivered to beneficiaries, communicating with local government officials to ensure timely receipt and delivery of goods/items delivered, engaging local volunteers to support fundraising events and activities.  The FOCUS North America Program Intern reports to the Program Director.

Specific Responsibilities are not limited to, but will include:

  1. Support Program Director in implementation of a national community engagement and distribution program.
  2. Assist with volunteer coordination and engagement.
  3. Assist with planning and preparing fundraising events and activities.
  4. Maintain detailed distribution records for goods/items given to program beneficiaries.
  5. Participate in acquiring beneficiary profiles and preparation of public relation materials.
  6. Participate in the program strategic planning process.
  7. Periodically visit with local government officials in program areas of operation, nationwide.
  8. Assess and review program status on a periodic basis with FOCUS national staff.
  9. Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

Knowledge and Skills: Advanced communication skills (writing and speaking); familiarity with record keeping using spreadsheets and databases; basic understanding of domestic social service ideologies and programs; knowledge of Orthodox Christian Church doctrines and traditions; computer proficiency.

Competencies: Cultural and local area sensitivity; ability to understand and work with homeless, impoverished and vulnerable communities and demographics; ability to build volunteer relationships between FOCUS and Orthodox churches, communities and leaders; ability to represent FOCUS professionally and respectfully; foster a sense of teamwork among volunteers.

Education: College degree; advanced degree in social work, community development, nonprofit management or related field preferred.

Experience: None required, but preference will be given to candidates with experience working/volunteering for non-profit organizations.

Working Conditions: Stationed in FOCUS’ office in Orange County, California, with some national travel required to speak on behalf of FOCUS/promote FOCUS activities. FOCUS will pay for all program-related travel expenses and will, in addition, provide a fixed monthly stipend to the successful candidate.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No telephone calls please.

   

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