The Internship Program operates from Monday through Friday. Internships in the fall and spring semesters are 24-40 hours a week, and in the summer the internship program is 30-40 hours a week. The Internship Program’s dress code is business professional.
No matter the department, interns are an integral part of a small team. Interns have the opportunity to interact with staff, volunteers, and stakeholders on a daily basis to carry out department projects and participate in activities. Interns are an invaluable part of the Foundation. Opportunities vary from working with supervisors and other staff members, as well as develop special projects within certain departments.
Help Accomplish the Foundation's Goals
The Clinton Foundation’s Internship offers unique opportunities for growth, learning, and meaningful service. Your work will directly support initiatives on programs that are providing urgent services around the world. Whether it is doing administrative work, writing a briefing document, or brainstorming speakers for a plenary session, interns perform real tasks that matter. Ultimately, all interns display a passion for furthering the goals and mission of the Foundation, and for making the world a better place.
Opportunities to Build Professional Skills
There are multiple opportunities for interns to develop themselves professionally and to expand their technical knowledge. In addition to the skills learned at the internship (e.g. database management, writing briefs, etc.), there are seminars and sessions targeted towards professional development. In the past, there have been Excel seminars, video and multimedia sessions, guidance on how to build a website, career panels, career days, and resume, cover letter and interviewing workshops. Sessions will vary depending on interest of the intern class.
Attend Lecture Series
Each semester, there is a weekly lecture series featuring guests including senior administration officials and leaders in politics, business, entertainment, journalism, and international health and development. These talks are intended to provide honest exposure to different areas of interest. Although lecturers change every semester and depend on the availability of the speakers, past guests have included individuals from Secret Service, President Clinton’s advance team, directors of numerous departments and initiatives at the Foundation, corporate social responsibility directors from Fortune 500 companies, individuals engaging in on-the-ground development concerning health and microfinance, and many more!
Participate in Intern Activities
The Internship program offers many opportunities to participate in a range of exciting activities. Past offerings have included talks by renowned figures at the 92nd St. Y, tickets to Broadway shows, a walking tour of Harlem’s historical district, staff-versus-intern sporting events, and guided visits to numerous attractions such as the new World Trade tower, the U.N., Donna Karan’s Urban Zen center, and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention.
Opportunities for Community Service
Interns are required to complete community service over the course of the semester. Community service opportunities are geared towards group activities in order to foster social interaction between interns and with local communities. With a minimum of three hours per intern per term, interns are able to serve upwards of 1,000 hours of community service each year! Intern directors help inform interns about different opportunities and openings, although interns are welcome to pursue engagements of their own interest. Past volunteer experiences have included seasonal walks (AIDS Walk, Breast Cancer Walk, etc.), serving at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, sorting medical equipment for Doc to Dock, helping with events at the local YMCA (Healthy Kids Day, Easter Egg Hunt, etc.), building for Habitat for Humanity, participating in the Foundation’s Day of Action, and many more.