Summer Internship 2018

Position description

The FORD FOUNDATION is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with visionary people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has ten regional offices in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Our summer internship program has been a part of the foundation for more than 40 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 is designed to expose students to philanthropy and the not-for-profit 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 different career fields, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

The program runs for 10 weeks, from Monday, June 4, 2018, through Friday, August 10, 2018.

Positions will be available in our program (grant making) and operations divisions.

To be considered applicants must meet the following criteria. If you don’t meet all of the criteria, you will NOT be considered for the internship program.

  • Be full-time rising junior or senior undergraduates
  • Be residents of the New York Tri-state area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut) and live within a commutable distance as we do not provide housing, housing allowances or provide housing recommendations. Nor do we provide transportation allowances.
  • Receive needs-based financial aid*
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Be available to work a 35-hour week (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


  • Possess excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Have demonstrated leadership and an interest in social justice via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be Interested in the work of nonprofit organizations and foundations

This is a competitively paid internship.

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