College Internships

Internship Overview

Michigan Tech and Finlandia University both offer credits for CTC internships. Each intern will have the opportunity to learn hands-on real-life skills while building your own professional network, along with experience for grad school applications and resumes. Plus, personal satisfaction knowing you have made a difference in the lives of a community's youth.

Our Communities That Care (CTC) coalition operates as seven work groups, which each meet monthly for about an hour. Each group has specific tasks to address toward CTC’s shared goal of preventing problem behaviors like substance use, delinquency, and violence in area youth. CTC is an evidence-based prevention model with a five-phase process. This process is repeated every two years, to ensure that our goals are based on the most current data, and that programs are working effectively.

Each work group provides opportunities to apply the skills you have learned at Michigan Tech to practical, real-life situations, as well as the chance to learn new skills. As many of our work group members are area professionals, this is a great chance to network and make professional contacts. Each CTC member has unique skills and talents, and all possess a willingness to share their talents for the betterment of our area youth.

Work Group Overview
Below are the various work groups and how you and the CTC can benefit each other:

Community Board Maintenance

Creates the bylaws, training materials etc. for our CTC. Your involvement pairs you with key leaders, parents, and youth, setting the foundation on which to build a coalition.


Seeks out potential resources available to help our CTC. You will participate in activities like managing funds, organizing fundraising events, community presentations, researching and writing grant proposals, and grant reporting.

Outreach and PR

Concentrates on the use of media to promote our CTC and events. You will have the opportunity to create and/or edit posters, flyers, video presentations, etc., as well as working with local media and other organizations for events and recruitment.

Youth Involvement

Looks at ways to engage area youth in the CTC. After all, who knows better how to impact youth than youth themselves? This group ensures that the voices of local youth are heard and their opinions valued, and encourages engagement in prosocial activities. You will get a chance to work on event planning, collaborate with local youth groups, and work with youth directly.

Resource Assessment

​Researches existing programs and organizations already in place for youth, which address our two key risk factors, Low Perceived Risk of Drug Use and Depressive Symptoms. The opportunity to research, interpret data, identify gaps, and provide a written report on your findings and present them to the community is priceless. This group is also responsible for helping define outcomes and evaluates the effectiveness of CTC efforts.

Suicide Prevention

Develops strategies to educate professionals and community members about suicide prevention, and to connect those at risk to information and resources for support. In Michigan, suicide is the second leading cause of death among those age 15 to 34. In fact, twice as many people die by suicide than homicide here in Michigan. You will have the opportunity to learn about suicide prevention, plan events, and identify ways to address suicide in our area.

Other Opportunities
You can also choose to work directly with the Communities That Care Coordinator. In this position, you will have the chance to work on a variety of projects, such as updating the different work groups, attending meetings, writing agendas, maintaining records, providing training, and keeping the groups on track by following the Milestones and Benchmarks set in place for each phase—and much more.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and work group(s) interest to: Heather Saari, CTC Coordinator at; or call Heather at 906-482-8701 with questions.

** Interns must undergo a criminal background check and sign a privacy agreement. Background checks for non-Michigan residents may take up to three weeks.