Friends of Foundation Academy, Inc.

PICS Organization Name
Friends of Foundation Academy, Inc.


Trenton, New Jersey

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns

Organization Description
We are Foundation Academies. We are the largest free, public charter organization in New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton, serving more than 1,000 of the city’s K-12 population across four schools. We believe every child deserves access to a high-quality education and we work relentlessly to ensure this happens. We value growth mindsets, lifelong learners and individuals who believe that every child deserves an excellent education. We hold ourselves, our students, and our city to high-standards because that’s what our families deserve.

While we still work hard to support our current students and growing alumnibase, there are nearly 800 kids on our waiting lists, stuck in failing Trenton schools. 

As demand continues to grow for spaces in our schools, our goal is to continue to expand and meet the needs of Trenton students. These expansion efforts, combined with our desire to provide our students with the high-quality facilities that they deserve, drive our fundraising priorities.

The Advancement Coordinator will work with the Director of Development, Director of Communications, and CEO on overall fundraising and engagement of the philanthropic community for Foundation Academies. The Development office is responsible for retaining and expanding existing funding streams by cultivating strong relationships with and soliciting gifts from high-net-worth individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities.

While FA has been successfully operating for more than 10 years, we have not been focused on fundraising. Now, as we hope to expand and reach more students, we have hired a Director of Development (Sept. 2018) a Director of Communications (Spring 2018) to formalize and grow outreach efforts. There is so much work to do! We are hoping a PICs intern can help us to enhane web communications, participate in growth strategy, help to formulate grant language, and research prospects for the coming year. 

A note from our CEO:

What kind of experience would you want your kids to have in school? That question guides our philosophy at Foundation Academies. We want our students to be safe, cared for, pushed to their potential, and fascinated with learning. Sure, we aim to implement the most rigorous instruction and highest of academic standards, but we also give our kids the opportunity to be just that—kids. So while you’ll see students engrossed in their learning, you’ll also see them developing through trial and error. You’ll find enrichment opportunities inside and outside of the building. Time for socialization and self-empowerment. We emphasize that every moment matters. We pride ourselves on seeking out chances for students to make – and learn from – mistakes, opportunities to oppose, and strategies for problem-solving. After all, we’re not in the business of just teaching kids. We have the responsibility of honoring their voices and helping them develop into the individuals they are, and will become.We would love for you to join us this summer.

Internship Description
The actual project for a student will be determined after the student is selected based upon the student’s interests and skills, but could be:

- interviewing and collecting "impact stories" and "mission moments" from current parents and students for us to share in communications throughout the year

- research grant opportunities and developing grant proposal language

- conducting prospect research 

- helping to develop a written proposal for one of our 3 funding priorities (this would involve speaking to teachers, students, and other key players to understand a specific need and strategize with the Dir of Development on how best to communicate it).

- Help to develop language and communications materials around the upcoming HS Renovation Campaign and/or Soccer Field campaign

- Help to research and plan "playdates" with local corporations

- Liaise with Princeton University student and alumni associations to help build a bridge between our student population (predominantly poor students of color) and communities of mentorship and support at the college level. 

- Help to plan an outreach event in Princeton to inform locals about the state of public education in Trenton, and the remarkable impact of FA

Internship Qualifications

- Passion for the mission of Foundation Academies 
- Interest and skill in outreach, communications, fundraising, writing, community building and/or event planning
- Reliable self-starter with attention to detail and discretion with sensitive donor information
- Self awareness
- A sense of humor

For those students particularly interested in urban education -- this would be an especially rewarding experience.

Preferred: previous nonprofit experience and/or experience working with underrepresented communities 

Expected Start Time
varies and can be flexible but the school hours are 7:30 - 4:30

Expected End Time

varies and can be flexible but the school hours are 7:30 - 4:30

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 – no later than August 23

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
If we are able to host an intern, we can tap our board members to help look for available summer housing (and I'd hope that perhaps the local Princeton alums may be willing as well!) but we do not have specific housing options available at this time.

For occasional events we may ask that the intern come early or stay later, if he/she is available. But we are still in planning stages!

Evaluation Excerpt

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


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