Baker Industries, Inc.

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PICS Organization Name
Baker Industries, Inc.

City/State
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Organization Description
Baker Industries is a unique non-profit workforce development program that serves hard to employ adults - those challenged by disability, criminal conviction, homelessness and substance use disorder.


Our program participants perform real work for over 80 customers across the Philadelphia region and learn basic work and team skills. In addition, we work with individuals to develop the productive mindsets, behaviors and confidence necessary to succeed in living wage jobs.

Each year, about 200 adults enter our program. Between 25-50 progress to better employment in the regular economy. A number of individuals stay for an extended period as they build their job readiness.

Interns have a unique experience working in an enterprise that is both a business and a social services non-profit. As a result, the summer experience encompasses a wide range of projects and activities including working side by side with our participants, delivering training and coaching, assisting with business administration and helping organize events and communications.

Interns bring fresh energy and ideas to our team each year. We strive to assign at least one project each summer that has a lasting impact post assignment. Recent projects have included process mapping our production jobs, reworking our policy manual, establishing a newsletter template, planning donor and civic activities.

A good job is a foundation for addressing generational poverty, recidivism, recovery and housing stability. Please visit our website to learn more about the important work we are doing in the community.

Internship Description
Intern Assignment will have the following goals:

1) Provide the intern with a full view of non-profit operations through rotational assignments throughout the enterprise.

2) Create an opportunity for the intern to leverage their particular capabilities to benefit Baker. For example, someone with a strong interest in economics and capability in Excel may get a strategic planning or data analysis assignment. Someone with strong written communications skills may write communications for our website.

3) Contribute/own a project that has a post-assignment impact and delivers value to our enterprise.

4) The intangible benefit that every intern reports is the terrific experience of working side by side with our participants - generous and resilient adults who share their experiences and appreciate help and support.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 8 None 9:00 am 4:00 pm No Yes No No

Internship Qualifications
We would like to have an intern that has the desire/interest to work with various segments of the vulnerable adult population and who would like to see (and) understand how a nonprofit corporation runs - as well as how it differs from a for-profit corporation.

Intern should demonstrate the following:

  • Work ethic.
  • Personal maturity.
  • Communication skills.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Solid PC skills.
  • Ability to work effectively on a team.

Additional Info
Typically, interns have been from the Philadelphia area and able to live with family. We will work with interns to identify temporary housing as needed, but cannot guarantee housing. Recent interns rented space from Penn or Drexel and lived in Philadelphia - great city - great experience.

There may be an occasional evening fundraising or volunteer event.

Former Interns
Chris Callegari '21, Annan Timon '19

Evaluation Excerpt

One of my favorite moments from this summer took place when one of the participants came down to the office after having been offered a new job. He was brimming with happiness and excitement and it made me grateful and happy to have the opportunity to work at such a life changing organization.
—Annan Timon '19

My experience exposed me to multiple populations who I have never been able to get to know before. Baker's mission is entirely socially focused and primarily just wants to help those who are in need. I learned and improved many real-world skills such as public speaking, organization, and leadership while working at Baker. —Chris Callegari '21