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Grant Writing & Research Internship (Virtual)

Summer/Fall/Spring (2020-21)

Location: Virtual
Start Date: Immediately, Fall, or Spring
End Date: April

Hours: 10-20 hours per week. Must be available on Fridays for weekly team meeting.

Current students must be eligible to receive academic credit for this internship, and/or we will work with the school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork.

Application Deadline: 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 non-profit committed to 1) empowering Amish women and children through education so they can choose their futures, 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, and the fine arts. The average adult has a 6th grade level of English fluency, the religion forbids health insurance and assimilation with mainstream society, and women are prohibited from exercising their rights as American citizens.

Founder Torah Bontrager, Columbia University GS ’07, was born and raised Amish and literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15. She’s the author of the memoir Amish Girl in Manhattan, and her story and work have appeared on NPR, Tim Ferriss’ blog, MTV’s True Life,,, HuffPost, and Thrive Global, among others.

About the Internship Program:

The Amish Heritage Foundation (AHF) is looking for a college student or recent graduate who is interested in a grant writing internship starting immediately, the fall semester, or the spring semester. You’ll work directly with the Founder & Executive Director to deliver on timely grant objectives. 

You’ll help with real-time grant writing assignments that will give you hands-on experience with the grant writing process.

In particular, you’ll conduct research to identify active and future grant opportunities, assist with writing grants for an educational prep program that fills in the gap from Amish 8th grade to community college entry, and acquire Amish cultural awareness.

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 mentorship throughout the program to help you achieve your career goals, and invitations to industry events where you’ll have the opportunity to build your network of relationships.

Even though AHF is a nonprofit, we operate under a for-profit business model (Torah’s experience is in entrepreneurship). At the end of your time with us, you’ll have acquired marketable and lucrative transferable skills in grant writing that you can use in your personal academic journey as well.

What a Former Intern Said:
"My internship w/ @AmishFoundation was one of the most rewarding experiences of my sophomore year. I learn[ed] about marketing & nonprofits, [grew] my network, & discover[ed] a mission that I was proud to work for." - Skylar Fetter

Who We’re Looking For:
  1. Enthusiastic initiative, strong work ethic and commitment to the position. You must be able to make these 10-20 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.)
  • Keynote
  • WordPress
  • Asana, Trello, or similar application
  • Slack

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 VIP (if applicable), Handshake, or email [info at AmishHeritage .org] with the following:

  1. Your resume
  2. A cover letter addressed to Torah (sent as a PDF attachment) 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)
  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
  5. Email subject line: “AHF Internship: [YOUR NAME]”

I look forward to receiving your application! - Torah