Non-Profit Internship Program


At Merrimack, we believe real-world experience, related to professional goals, is essential for future career success. We also recognize that in order to gain that experience, some students are forced to decide between an unpaid internship or a summer job in order to earn money, and the reality for most is that an unpaid opportunity is not an option. Merrimack wants to bridge that gap. Thanks to the generous funding of the O’Brien Foundation, the Yawkey Foundation, the Stevens Foundation and the Victor J. Mill III Nonprofit Undergraduate Internship Program, stipends are available to provide students with paid internships in industries that are historically unpaid positions. Through partnerships with area employers, Merrimack has a growing list of internships across several disciplines that are paid positions tailored towards the growth of our students’ professional skill sets.

Information for Students

Students will find opportunities to apply to on Handshake and advertised on the O’Brien Center social media accounts. Interested students must apply and be hired by the partner organization, as well as complete paperwork to ensure payment from Merrimack. Qualified students are eligible for one paid term at recognized sites.

If you have recently applied to open positions, you may receive communication from on-site supervisors and/or the email address. Sometimes the process is delayed and you may not be contacted directly following the closing of the applications. We do our best to contact every student regardless of decisions.

Please note that the O’Brien Center has made agreements with partner organizations to hire a Merrimack student. Each position is pre-approved by Merrimack before accepting applications and we are not able to offer payment for other unpaid internship opportunities.

Past internships have been offered at the following nonprofits and companies:

  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center 
  • Groundwork Lawrence
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley 
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
  • YMCA of the Merrimack Valley
  • MarketVeep
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Greater Lawrence Community Action Council/WIC Program
  • Northeast Arc
  • RCS Learning Center

Information for Potential Partners:

Merrimack, sponsored by the foundations listed above, is proud to offer opportunities to pay our student interns at local organizations and companies. If you believe your company/organization could meet the criteria set by our grants or would like to set up a unique internship experience, please contact Shannon Zelek at to discuss potential partnership connections.