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The Foundation’s Summer Internship Program is designed to provide a rich learning and development experience.

Our summer internship program has been a part of the foundation for more than 30 years. Since its inception, we have worked to provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students of all majors with varying career aspirations.

The program, which runs annually from mid-June through the end of August, is designed to expose students to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and to provide them with a rich learning and development experience. Assignments vary by department, but generally include administrative, analytical, research and special project support. Students also attend weekly learning sessions, which include meetings with senior foundation staff and opportunities to learn about business etiquette, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

The 2014 Summer Internship Program is paid and will be open to students who are:

  • Full-time undergraduates entering their junior or senior year
  • Residents of the New York tri-state area
  • Receiving needs-based financial aid
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Demonstrating leadership and an interest in social justice via coursework or extracurricular activity

We are particularly interested in students who would like to learn more about the work of nonprofit organizations and foundations. Some interns return during the school term to work on a part-time basis, and a number of our intern alumni have been hired into permanent positions.

Positions may be available in the following grant-making programs:

  • Democracy, Rights and Justice
  • Economic Opportunity and Assets
  • Education, Creativity and Free Expression

Positions may also be available in other departments throughout the foundation:

  • Communications
  • Facilities Management
  • Financial Services
  • Talent and Human Resources
  • Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Investments
  • Legal Services
  • Program Services

The application deadline for the 2015 summer internship is Monday, March 16th. Spaces are limited and we encourage students to apply early.



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