About Our Internship Program

Emerging Leaders in Nonprofits (ELIN)

Our Emerging Leaders in Nonprofits (ELIN) program provides a unique professional development experience to undergraduate students. Read below to learn more!

ELIN interns will complete our Professional Development Workbook, guided by Covenant House staff at biweekly, program-wide meetings. Topics covered  include, but are not limited to: leadership skills, professionalism and perception, career planning, advocacy for self and others, and authenticity and intention in the workplace.  

These workshops are constantly changing depending on the interests of the intern cohort and the professional development curiosities of the group. We welcome and encourage feedback about what each intern wants to see at these meetings and adapt accordingly.

Interns conclude their time with CHNO having completed a larger-scale, tangible project as the culmination of their internship. These projects have a lasting impact on the organization. Capstone projects are approved by the Volunteer Coordinator and the intern’s department supervisor in the first 3 weeks of the internship, then presented as final, completed projects at the end of the internship. We encourage interns to choose a project that highlights their personal interests and get creative in their work with it! 

Possible capstone projects include:

  • Virtual informational pamphlet on how Covenant House works in NOLA
  • Informational presentation on homelessness in NOLA
  • Detailed visual timeline of CHNO for the website
  • Developing a Resource Directory for Play Space Volunteers
  • Reorganization and redecoration of clothing room
  • Mental health resource pamphlet for staff
  • Creating a marketing or outreach campaign
  • Informational videos about being an intern at CHNO  
  • Conduct interviews with staff on their experiences here and compile them visually
  • Creating a new section of the (CHNO) website

Every intern has the opportunity to request extra professional development activities. In the past this has included: recommended reading and podcasts, mock interviews, resume review, LinkedIn development workshops, grant writing practice, and more. We encourage interns to get creative and let us know how we can help them.