Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities with Michigan Fitness

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) is a nonprofit located in Old Town Lansing. Our mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting healthy eating and active living.



POSITION: Safe Route to School (SRTS) Intern

FTE: .25 FTE

EDUCATION: Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program majoring in communication or urban and regional planning, or related field.

DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the SRTS Director, the SRTS Intern will support and gain experience with the daily operations of Michigan’s Safe Routes to School program including communications, special events, training, and school-based bike/pedestrian infrastructure planning.


  • Assist with the planning and execution of SRTS events including Bike to School/ACES Day & Walk to School Day:
    • Help develop plan and assist with outreach to schools for engagement and registration purposes
    • Work with selected schools to be highlighted, engage media, and coordinate MFF/MDOT participation with these events
    • Coordinate and execute materials distribution
    • Attend B2SD/W2SD events
  • Participate in and support training and outreach efforts:
    • Assist with planning and execution of various training efforts
    • Assist with planning and developing presentations, webinars, and other social media tools (e.g. YouTube) to enhance understanding of SRTS program
    • Participate in marketing and promotion of training events
    • Prepare materials for training and outreach
  • Support mini grant and major grant application processes
    • Attend meetings of the grant planning process
    • Assist and possibly lead a walking audit
    • Assist with review and discussion of mini-grants
    • Participate in the marketing and promotion of mini-grant opportunity
    • Reach out to past recipients of the grant or schools/communities that have not finished the process to see if they would follow-up on their SRTS efforts
    • Assist with mailing of marketing materials to schools and municipalities
  • Assist with supporting SRTS communication tools: website, e-newsletter, and social media plan
    • Assist with developing and posting content for website
    • Source and write topical articles for the SRTS e-newsletter
    • Help produce e-newsletter
    • Support the development of social media campaigns
  • Support the SRTS survey process
    • Enter hardcopy student tally and student survey data
    • Visit schools/open houses to deliver and collect parent surveys
    • Assist with developing and implementing post-event/post-training evaluation



  • Ability to exercise a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, and independent judgment
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Advanced internet research skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including editing, proofreading, and knowledge of correct English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to develop and maintain positive and professional working relationships
  • Ability to work both independently or collaboratively with others toward the achievement of common goals
  • Demonstrated problem solving, conceptual thinking, and analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, balancing multiple responsibilities, deadlines, and changing priorities while maintaining a calm, helpful and professional demeanor
  • Proficient in standard industry concepts, practices and procedures, e.g., operation of standard office equipment, file management, telephone etiquette, event management, etc.
  • Perform responsibilities in a manner that demonstrates a high degree of integrity, professionalism, accountability, excellence, creativity, and support for organizational mission



  • Event organization learning objective: Intern will be able to
    • Plan a national event at the state-wide level from start to finish
    • Effectively engage schools from around the state
    • Draft press releases and generate coverage of events by working with multiple media outlets through a variety of channels
  • Training and outreach learning objective: Intern will be able to
    • Plan and execute various components of training events, including promotion of the events.
    • Explain the Safe Routes to School planning and programming processes.
  • Grant process learning objective: Intern will be able to
    • Work within a federal grant programs, including the review and selection processes of both full and mini-grants. Apply this knowledge while learning to develop a plan for marketing and promoting our grant opportunities.
  • Communications learning objective: Intern will be able to
    • Research and write periodic articles topical to SRTS
    • Produce a monthly e-newsletter with support.
    • Source appropriate news and other pertinent content to keep website current with.
    • Participate in and support a coordinated social media plan.
  • Evaluation learning objective: Intern will be able to
    • Effectively use the SRTS survey process to develop evaluation of programming, events, and other initiatives while looking for trends and other feedback to make improvements.



  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee will frequently remain in a stationery position as well as be required to walk, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility.
  • Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity and coordination are required while operating standard office equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work in usual office working conditions where noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises.
  • Occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions.
  • Work assignments occasionally require attendance at evening events and may require overnight travel.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.



To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Katie Alexander, kalexander (at) michiganfitness (dot) org.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position description describes the position currently available and is not intended to be an employment contract. The Michigan Fitness Foundation reserves the right to modify the duties, position description or intern learning objectives at any time. Degree of success and completion of learning objectives is impacted by intern’s level of effort. This position is located in Lansing, Michigan.



POSITION: Communication and Events Intern

FTE: 1.0 FTE

EDUCATION: Undergraduate/graduate student pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, event planning, marketing or health-related field

DESCRIPTION: Interns will work 12-15 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters, 35 hours per week preferred during the summer semester. Will report to the Communications Coordinator and the Director of Community Engagement.


Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with implementation of Council’s marketing/communication plan
  • Assist with coordination and planning of Governor’s Fitness Awards
  • Assist in the promotion of events by drafting press releases, contacting media
  • Assist in the recruitment of endorsed events statewide, including Labor Day Community Walks
  • Assist with event planning for the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run, Auto Show 5K and ACES
  • Carry out communications with participants of MFF events
  • Coordinate and edit blog posts for the Michigan Fitness Ambassadors
  • Coordinate the Governor’s Council endorsement program
  • Write for communication tools such as websites, newsletters and social media
  • Assist with other event management as needed
  • Perform other related duties as required by supervisor



  • Strong organizational skills, problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects, responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Ability to be successful in a team environment and to foster a team atmosphere.
  • Ability to work independently, using independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated competence in database management and Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media channels.



  • Must be able to
    • Sit at desk for extended periods of time.
    • Operate a computer and other office machines, e.g., phone, printer and copier, for extended periods of time.
    • Periodically drive to various sites throughout the State of Michigan.
    • Attend off-site events which require extended periods of standing, sitting, and/or traversing.
  • Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License.
  • Must be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.
  • The physical environment requires the employee to work both inside and outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, and dry/arid conditions.



Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to: Michelle Coss, Director of Community Engagement

By U.S. Mail to:

Michigan Fitness Foundation

Attn: Michelle Coss

P.O. Box 27187

Lansing, MI 48909

Or by e-mail to: mcoss (at) michiganfitness (dot) org

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position description describes the position currently available and is not intended to be an employment contract. The Michigan Fitness Foundation reserves the right to modify the duties or position description at any time.