Summer Intern



Hours per week

35 hours per week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



New York
New York
United States


Summary Description

Our summer internship program has been a part of the foundation for more than 40 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 different career fields, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

Positions will be available in our program (grant making) and operations divisions. 

The internship program runs for 10 weeks, from Monday, June 3, 2019, through Friday, August 9, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria. If you don't meet all of the criteria, you will NOT be considered for the internship program. 

  • Be full-time rising junior or senior undergraduates
  • Be residents of the New York Tri-state area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut) and live within a 50-mile radius, as we do not provide housing, housing allowances or provide housing recommendations. Nor do we provide transportation allowances. 
  • 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.)

Please note that the first step in our recruitment process is a phone interview with someone from our Talent Acquisition department. If selected for the second step in the process, candidates will need to provide the following:

  • Confirmation that you are receiving need-based financial aid
  • Copy of your most current unofficial transcript    
  • Two professional references including name, phone number and email address (they can be work supervisors, professors or advisors)


  • Possess excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Google Slides, Sheets and Docs
  • Have demonstrated leadership and an interest in social justice via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be Interested in the work of nonprofit organizations and foundations

*The following are the need-based federal student aid programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Work-Study


Learn more about our program by visiting our Internship Program page on the Ford Foundation website.

The deadline to submit your application for our 2019 Summer Internship Program is Friday, January 18, 2019.

Salary: This is a competitively paid internship. Interns are paid $23 an hour.


Benefits: Please note that interns are not eligible for full-time staff benefits. Interns will receive a full summary of benefits on their first day of work during orientation.

How To Apply

To apply, please apply online at: