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 benefit from learning and gaining hands-on experience in a small team environment. Interns have the opportunity to interact with staff, volunteers, and stakeholders on a daily basis to learn how department projects are carried out and participate in related educational activities. Interns are mentored by staff coaches and other staff members in their fields of interest, and have the opportunity to participate in the development of special projects.
Opportunities to Build Professional Skills
The Internship Program provides interns with multiple opportunities to develop themselves professionally, expand their technical knowledge, and learn how a global nonprofit operates. In addition to the skills learned during the internship, the program offers seminars and sessions targeted towards educational growth and professional development. Common programs include 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 leaders in the nonprofit sector, business, entertainment, journalism, and politics. These sessions are intended to provide first-hand exposure to different areas of interest, and an opportunity for interns to engage with and ask questions of experts in their specific fields of interest. Although lecturers change every semester and depend on the availability of the speakers, past guests have included directors of nonprofits, corporate social responsibility departments at Fortune 500 companies, and various departments and initiatives at the Foundation, individuals from the Secret Service and President Clinton’s advance team 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
Community service opportunities are available over the course of the semester. Community service opportunities are group activities geared toward fostering social interaction between interns and local communities. The Intern Program staff will 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.