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The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies encourages current high school seniors from Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties with an interest in community affairs, journalism, and current events to apply for its Youth Philanthropy Internship.

This innovative, paid summer internship provides participants with an opportunity to identify and support solutions for areas of concern within our community, while bringing youth perspectives to the Foundation’s grantmaking.

The 2015 internship is scheduled to run June 22 to August 14 in downtown Johnstown. Interns will work in teams to develop and implement a youth philanthropy project, which will include the awarding of monetary grants to local agencies that serve the region. The interns will research issues affecting local neighborhoods, identify service priorities, develop funding guidelines, solicit requests for proposals, and award funding. Interns will also learn to create media projects to spread their ideas, engage in community organizations, and earn money while learning about the Greater Johnstown region.

“We’re thrilled to offer this exciting youth initiative for the third summer and can’t wait to meet this year’s candidates. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who work well in teams and have strong leadership characteristics,” said Angie Berzonski, Program/Communications Officer. “They should also have strong communication skills, and be able to interview, gather, and report information.”

The program is once again being supported by a grant from The Heinz Endowments, and is a replication of the Endowments’ successful Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship. The Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

The mission of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is to serve the best interests of its donors in perpetuating their philanthropic interest in financially supporting our community, using the Foundation’s integrity, accountability, and common knowledge. The Foundation recognizes the need to closely understand how community issues affect local teens and, therefore, is offering this opportunity for a diverse group of high school seniors (class of 2015) to work with its staff as paid summer interns. Click here for the internship job description.

Applications are available here and are due March 31, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and an undetermined number of candidates will be selected for an interview. Eight candidates will be selected for the internship and will be contacted by mid-May 2015.

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