Nonprofit Apprenticeships (PPS)

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Program Basics

  • Program Name:
Job Experience Internships (PPS)) (used to be called "Job Experience Internships")
  • Program Description:
To provide practical job training for persons seeking to build experience. Internships are recurring 6-month positions that do not lead to employment at FG. Internships will be available in every area of FG: Recycling, Receiving, PreBuild, Build, Thrift Store, Front Desk and could expand to include other responsibilities (such as Education or Teaching Internship). Internships will provide people with a hands-on, minimal supervision work experience that could be used to boost an individual's resume.
  • What best describes this program?
    • 1. Primarily income generating (expected to make money for Free Geek)
      • NO
    • 2. Primarily meets program needs (expected to cost more money than it makes)
      • NO - It will not cost money but it is very in line with FG's self-educational/empowerment principles
    • 3. Administrative (expected to support other programs that generate income and/or meet program needs)
      • YES - Because it will also free up quite a bit of staff time
  • Why does Free Geek need this program?
    • Free Geek needs this program to help the community by helping the people in it. Basically, by providing training for self-motivated people who otherwise lack the credentials to garner a job in their desired field, FG is positing highly qualified and well-suited individuals into the workforce (particularly in the social change arena). The program is totally in line with FG's philosophy/mission.

Job Position Basics

  • Would there be a dedicated staff position associated with this program?
Somewhat, ideally the future Education Coordinator would handle this primarily.
  • Position Title:
Education Coordinator
  • Job Description:
Coordinate hiring schedule, train interns and/or find appropriate staff person for training, coordinate with HR for internship job descriptions. Maybe write them letters of recommendation when internship is done.

Costs and potential costs

  • What are the expected financial staffing costs of the program? (Include all costs to the organization such as salary, payroll taxes, and benefits.)
25 hrs/wk at current pay rate for each internship. No health benefits. This program could probably be funded by an outside foundation and then would cost FG nothing (maybe we could include benefits, too!)
  • What other costs are associated with the program? (Include costs of materials needed, etc.)
The costs depend on the Program the Job Experience Internship is supporting.
  • If there will be a dedicated staff position, how much time would be needed for training?
    • How much time would existing staff need to put in? _10_ hours
    • How time would existing volunteers need to put in? _0_ hours
  • Once the program is up and running how many staff how many hours per week would it take?
    • In paid staff time? _3_ hours/week
    • In volunteer time? _0_ hours/week
  • Outline the intangible costs for the position and program:
  • Are there any possible negative impacts on Free Geek's mission, and if so what?
  • How will this program affect other programs and staff positions currently in effect?
  • How will this program affect other programs and staff positions being considered?


  • Would the program generate income? Each Job Experience Internship will be different.
  • How does the program support the mission of Free Geek?
Free Geek is about helping the community and helping the People in it.

Measuring Success

  • How can the success of the program be measured?
People becoming experience in the Job world is sucess.
  • Outline a plan for implementing the program:
Find Positions around Free Geek that need more attention and hours.
Take the current Job description for that job, copy it, and make it more Job Experience like.