Internships at The Philanthropy Roundtable

Did you know that Americans give more than $410 billion annually to charitable causes? These sums go to improving our schools and universities, helping the unemployed 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 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 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.

Roundtable Programs:

  • K-12
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Public Policy
  • Publications

Fall Semester: September – December, deadline to apply June 1
Spring Semester: January – May, deadline to apply October 1
Summer Semester: May – August, deadline to apply March 1

How to Apply:
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, and specify what program(s) you wish to apply for in your subject line.

NOTE: The writing sample should be at least 400 words and can be any of the examples below:

  • Academic paper
  • Published article
  • Blog post
  • Essay
  • Personal essay