Foundation Beyond Belief Seeks Spring Interns

The Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for a few interns for the spring:

Experience in the nonprofit sector is not a requirement, but certainly a plus, as is experience in grant writing or other development capacities. Though interns will do work in several areas of Foundation operations, each internship includes a primary focus area, special project, and cause area assignment.

It’s a great organization and our volunteers do a wonderful job. More information is right here. The deadline is November 30th, so apply soon!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Haydenmuhl

    I had never seen their logo before. That is fantastic.

  • chicago dyke, Blonde

    once upon a time i agreed with the idea that an unpaid intership was a good idea for a young employee, college student or new job seeker. no more. not in this (scam)economy. everyone who agrees to take an unpaid internsthip these days is basically announcing, “i have a college degree and/or the education & skills that go with it, but i’m willing to work like a slave, just for the ‘opportunity’ of being able to put my experience with you on my resume in hopes for a min wage job at a ‘better’ firm.” 

    the whole employment system in this country is DRF
    and i wish more people would be willing to admit that. and strike, accordingly. this isn’t a “pathway to a good job with benefits,” it’s convincing middle class college educated kids that their future is competing with government controlled slaves in Chindia and worse. liberal non profit, evil right wing corporation: it’s all the same.

     pay people for their work, fairly. or, be evil war profiteering nazis. there is no middle ground. everything else is basically “rape.”

  • mecoboy

    I can only agree with CD. The FBB is looking for unpaid volunteers, why not just say so. Intern culture is exploitation at its worst.

  • Miriam Mogilevsky

    Erm, no. The only thing that’s “basically rape” is rape.

    Also, the only “Nazis” are the ones responsible for the deaths of 12 million people during WWII.

  • Sarah

    I’m an intern for the Foundation right now! I’m the technology intern.

    To me, the difference between an unpaid internship and volunteering is the level of guidance, communication, and work you get the opportunity to do. Good volunteering should probably do the same, though.

    It’s definitely not exploitation at all! The interns are all people who WANT the chance to work with such a wonderful organization, and the leaders are all people who genuinely care about the interns’ experience. They’re excited to teach and get you involved.
    I know I’ve gotten great experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. You get the chance to do real work and contribute something meaningful.  They truly listen to your opinions and are very open to anything you suggest-you give feedback at every level and are never left alone. I can’t think of a better use of my time or a better way for anyone to get involved in the freethought community.

  • Cathleen

    Like Sarah, I’m a current intern at FBB (we’re not flooding this blog on purpose – I just chanced upon this! :P)  
    Although I agree with you about unpaid internships in general, I would argue that there’s an important difference between an unpaid internship at a charity, and an unpaid internship at a profit-based business.  While at a business an intern’s skills go towards increasing the turnover of the organization, our skills are going towards improving the efficiency of FBB, raising funds for causes we believe in, and setting up structures which will be in place long after we leave.  No-one is making money off our skills except the charities we are hoping to help, and that is exactly what we signed up for.As Sarah said, we are given a level of skills development not usually associated with volunteering.  Despite this, my experience has been that there is a huge amount of understanding that we are all studying and/or working throughout the internship, and flexibility is high.  Exploitation really hasn’t entered into the equation.  

    I would encourage anybody who is interested in humanistic charity work to apply – working with FBB’s chosen beneficiaries has been wonderful, and I am incredibly excited about the impact I feel I’ve had so far.  

  • Cathleen

    Hey – please see my comment above :)  I’d just like to point out, too, that not all of FBB’s current interns are from the US.  I’m from a significantly different employment culture and certainly not convinced that unpaid internships are my only route into employment, nor that my future lies in competing with automatons in other countries.  There are reasons beyond brainwashing for taking up an unpaid internship.

  • Bridget Gaudette

    I was an intern for FBB in the Spring and it was a great experience.

  • mecoboy

    I’m pleased that Cathleen and Sarah are enjoying their internships, and that they are getting something out of them.

  • Sarah

     I can see how in certain companies it would be easy to make it exploitative. As someone who will be searching for a job very soon, the number of unpaid internships vs. the number of jobs is worrying me. Entry level positions are being taken by interns, you’re right.

    The point of non-profit vs. corporation is an good one, though.

  • mecoboy

     Good luck, I am sure that you will do well…

  • allein

    Um, a lot of interns are college students… I did an internship in college as a copy editor for a textbook and it counted as a 3 credit course (as well as going on my resume).