Internships at The Philanthropy Roundtable
Are you looking to make a significant difference in the world during your internship in Washington, D.C.? You may be attracted to the corridors of power and the levers of policy change. Politics and policy are important, but American civil society is much richer than those alone. America’s free society depends in part on the $300 billion that Americans give annually to charitable causes. These sums go to improving our schools and universities, helping the unemployed to find and keep jobs, providing basic services to those who cannot help themselves, creating great works of art and culture, protecting the world from the ravages of disease, and protecting America’s free enterprise system.
If you are excited by the challenge of invigorating our civil society, we invite you to apply to The Philanthropy Roundtable. The Roundtable is America’s leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. We work with these donors to help them achieve excellence in their giving, identify and achieve their charitable purposes, and connect them with other donors who share their interests and aspirations.
At The Philanthropy Roundtable, you will have the opportunity to assist some of America’s most creative, innovative, and effective philanthropists. Depending on the program you choose, you will contribute to sector-leading publications, assist with top-notch meetings, conduct research on donors and the philanthropic sector, or help our issue-specific team leaders in their service to donors.
In addition to the satisfaction of supporting an outstanding mission, interns at The Philanthropy Roundtable receive the following benefits:
- Flexible, part-time schedule of approximately 25 hours per week.
- Stipend of approximately $1,000 per month ($10 per hour), and a $90 per month transit benefit.
- Collegial, friendly, and Metro-accessible office environment in downtown Washington, D.C.
- Luncheon series featuring speakers from the Roundtable and leaders in the public policy and philanthropic communities.
- Opportunities to network with leading philanthropists and nonprofit sector leaders.
- Based on demonstrated performance, invitations to travel to Roundtable conferences across the country and to write for Philanthropy magazine.
- Opportunities to interview for full-time positions at the Roundtable (numerous staff members began their Roundtable careers as interns).
- College credit as applicable.
The Philanthropy Roundtable seeks the following characteristics in its interns:
- Understand and support The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission and vision.
- Strong research and writing talents.
- Excellent communication skills.
- A high level of discretion and a temperament suited to working with leaders in the business and philanthropic communities.
- The capacity to handle multiple research, writing, administrative, and computer projects simultaneously with great attention to detail.
- Highest standards of professional integrity.
- College sophomore standing and up, as well as recent graduates.
The Philanthropy Roundtable seeks interns for the following programs:
- Publications: Editorial interns work on the Roundtable’s sector-leading publications, including Philanthropy magazine, PhilanthropyRoundtable.org, guidebooks, and the groundbreaking Almanac of American Philanthropy.
- K-12 Education: The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 Education program is the nation’s leading provider of events and resources for donors interested in dramatically boosting the performance of America’s students and schools. This program includes America’s most innovative K-12 donors, as well as K-12 education’s most successful programs (including Teach For America, KIPP, New Leaders for New Schools, and The New Teacher Project). Occasional travel may be required.
- Economic Opportunity: The Roundtable is building a first-class program serving donors interested in enhancing the ability of individuals to help themselves through asset-building, job preparation, cultural renewal, and public policy developments. Occasional travel may be required. No internship at this time.
- Donor Relations and Research: In this program, interns assist Roundtable staff with identifying donors whom the Roundtable can serve.
- Communications/Public Policy: The Roundtable’s public-policy arm, the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) protects the freedom to give and advocates for donors’ interests in Washington and in state capitals. It is also the program most active in external relations and communications for the Roundtable. Interns assist the ACR team with research, public outreach, social media and website management, media relations, event planning, and other tasks related to strengthening philanthropic freedom..
- Culture of Freedom: The Culture of Freedom project intern will have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced office environment and gain valuable skills in prospect research, relationship development, and data entry, as well as the chance to cultivate excellent communication and project management skills. Well-suited candidates should have an interest in nonprofit management, development, and communications.
- Event Planning: The Roundtable’s events team hosts five to eight exclusive events per year in major cities across the country. Interns assist with planning and execution for these events. Occasional travel may be required.
- Development: In this role, interns will assist the development department with donor research, communication, administrative duties, data-entry and verification, and various other projects. Applicants should be pursuing a career in a development role or interested in gaining development experience.
- Information Technology: We are seeking an IT Intern to assist in the day to day operations of the Technology team. Primary responsibilities include serving as first-tier helpdesk support, assisting in the Roundtable’s network system administration, and gaining experience in database management. This internship will be highly customizable according to the skills and long-term goals of the applicant.
We welcome your application! To apply, please email a résumé, a cover letter, either three references or one letter of recommendation, and a writing sample (two writing samples for Publications) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and specify what program(s) you wish to apply for in your subject line. We currently are accepting applications for part-time interns for the summer term.
For more information about our internship program overall, contact the Intern Coordinator at email@example.com.