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The Clinton Foundation is proud to offer the Clinton Careers Internship Program. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate college students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to work in a professional role, while building the career that they would like to pursue upon graduation. The program has three primary components: hands-on work experience, educational and professional development, and mentoring. The program also includes a lecture series, social and community service events, and culminates in a final project to help guide participants beyond their Clinton Foundation experience. Internships are generally 3 months in length, but can be up to one year in some instances.
No matter the department, program, or initiative with which interns engage, each intern benefits from learning and gaining hands-on experience in a small team environment. Interns have the opportunity to interact with staff and key stakeholders on a daily basis, learn how projects are carried out, and participate in related educational activities. Interns are mentored by staff members in their fields of interest and have the opportunity to participate in the development of special projects.
Education and Professional Development
The Internship Program provides interns with multiple opportunities to develop themselves professionally, expand their technical knowledge, and learn about the operations of a global nonprofit. In addition to the skills learned during the internship, the program offers seminars and workshops targeted towards educational growth and professional development. Common programs include Excel seminars, website building, career panels, career days, and resume workshops. Sessions vary depending on the interests of the intern class.
Each intern is paired with a mentor at the Clinton Foundation. The mentor’s role is to facilitate personal and professional growth by sharing the knowledge and insights they have developed throughout their careers. Through this process, interns gain feedback, are offered guidance, and have someone within the Clinton Foundation to consult regarding their future.
Our weekly lecture series features leaders from various sectors including nonprofits, business, entertainment, journalism, and public service. 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, various departments and initiatives at the Clinton Foundation, individuals engaging in on-the-ground development projects around the world, 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, sporting events, and guided visits to numerous New York City 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. Program staff will inform interns about different opportunities and openings, although interns are also welcome to pursue engagements of their own interest. Past volunteer experiences have included participating in 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, volunteering for the Foundation’s Day of Action, and many more.