Why spend a summer at the Ford Foundation?
Work in a mission driven environment
Ford is an international social justice philanthropy—our interns work on urgent, intriguing, socially relevant projects that aim to disrupt inequality in communities across the world. As an intern, you will be exposed to the grantmaking process, and the issues that our grantmaking focuses on. You will also learn how social justice values are part of other areas of work including human resources, legal, IT, and finance.
Participate in workshops and learning sessions
As an intern, you will work in your assigned department and take part in workshops hosted by the foundation and the internship program. These learning sessions cover issues ranging from youth leadership and engagement, to philanthropy’s role in ending mass incarceration, and from managing the transition from college to career, to insider tips on presenting yourself in the workplace. Every year, interns take part in site visits to grantees and a group Q&A with the foundation’s president. These sessions build skills, knowledge, and insight into how a foundation operates and drives impact, and prepares interns to thrive professionally.
Become part of a community
One of the most valuable aspects of the program is the opportunity to build relationships. As an intern, you’ll have access to your immediate peer group—ambitious and impact-driven individuals like yourself. You’ll be assigned a mentor to meet with regularly, and be encouraged to network with staff who are generous with their time and happy to share their own experiences with you. The intern community creates space for robust discussions, broadening your knowledge while creating meaningful connections.
We are now accepting applications for the summer 2023 program. Learn more and apply on the Ford Foundation summer intern application page.