Paid Spring 2019 Undergraduate Internship

Hours per week

10-15 hrs/ wk



Start Date


End Date



99 Park Avenue, Suite 2220
New York
United States


About The Prospect Hill Foundation:

The Prospect Hill Foundation is a private, family foundation established in New York in 1959 by the late William S. Beinecke, President and Chairman of the Sperry and Hutchinson Company and his wife, Elizabeth G. Beinecke. In 1983, The Prospect Hill Foundation merged with the Frederick W. Beinecke Fund, which had been established by the will of William S. Beinecke’s father and was later augmented by the will of Carrie Sperry Beinecke, his mother.

The mission of The Prospect Hill Foundation is to advance the human experience while ensuring the well-being of the earth.The Foundation recently concluded our Year of Reflection (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018), during which time we suspended grantmaking to reflect on what we have done well in the past, and what our strategic direction will look like moving forward. One important decision resulting from our Year of Reflection was to initiate the creation of a new program area, which will unfold gradually over the next two years. This new program area will build upon the justice work the Foundation has been supporting and will focus on youth. Our intent is to fund intersectional and grassroots efforts that are community led and that challenge systemic racism and gender-based oppression, including poverty and discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status. We do not have any specifics yet, and will use the next “Year of Learning” to continue research and exploration around different forms of systemic oppression related to youth. We have also begun to slowly phase out of three current program areas: Youth Justice, Reproductive Health & Justice and Oceans & Coastal Waters. We will continue our funding of policy research, analysis and advocacy related to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation.

About the Position:


The Prospect Hill Foundation is seeking an undergraduate intern to further our mission by providing administrative and operations support to our staff as well as engaging in communications, research, and analysis related to our grantmaking. It is an ideal position for a student with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in either the non-profit or philanthropy sector and provides a unique opportunity to shadow the Executive Director and learn more about the inner-workings of philanthropy. Leadership on special projects is also possible depending on the intern’s skills and interests. This New York City-based paid internship runs from January - May 2019 and requires a commitment of 10-15 hours per week (the weekly schedule and start and end dates are flexible). Interns will be compensated on an hourly basis.


Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support for the Executive Director & Grants Administrator
  • Website, database, and social media maintenance
  • A variety of special projects and assignments related to the Foundation's "Year of Learning"

Assorted Administrative Tasks

  • Research philanthropy and nonprofit management-related topics  
  • Edit materials for presentation at PHF board and committee meetings
  • Maintain existing file system
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings and events with Foundation staff and board
  • Attend foundation-related events on behalf of PHF staff

Communications and Web Management

  • Create content for PHF's quarterly newsletter
  • Maintain PHF's website and assist with the transition to a new site
  • Draft content and update the Foundation’s social media channels
  • Use to communicate with the Foundation's grantees


Extremely detail-oriented; self-directed and takes initiative; highly organized and systematic; able to work in fast-paced environment; flexible; interested in future career in philanthropy or the non-profit sector; sense of humor; low tolerance for error; knowledge of WordPress and social media skills are preferred; event planning experience is a plus.

How To Apply

Applications, including a cover letter and resume, should be sent in a single PDF to with "Spring Internship Application” as the subject line. Applications will continue to be accepted until the post is taken down. Due to the high number of expected applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Calls regarding status of your candidacy will not be returned.