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 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 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 business etiquette, build networking skills and discuss career planning.
The program runs for 10 weeks, beginning Monday, June 5, 2017, and ending Friday, August 11, 2017.
Positions may be available in the following grant-making programs:
Positions may also be available in these departments:
Talent & Human Resources
Office of the President
Convening & Events
To be considered applicants must:
Be full-time rising junior or senior undergraduates
Be residents of the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
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.)
If you do not meet these requirements, your application will NOT be considered.
Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
Demonstrated leadership and an interest in social justice via coursework or extracurricular activity
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Interested in the work of nonprofit organizations and foundations
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.