Foundation Intern

Job Type

Full Time Temporary


Details: $15/hour



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



5 Bryant Park
13th floor
New York
New York
United States


The Spencer Educational Foundation (“SEF” OR “Spencer”), is the premier organization awarding scholarships and grants in risk management and insurance, facilitating internship opportunities as well as providing a Risk Manager in Residence program to universities. Our mission is to fund the education of tomorrow’s risk management and insurance industry leaders. Founded in 1979 after Robert S. Spencer, it has awarded 981 scholarships totaling approximately $6.4 million, and $3.25 million in grants to universities and professional institutions for educations programs and conferences. Spencer is an independent, sister organization to RIMS, the Risk Management Society, which provides back-office support to the Foundation. Information about the Foundation can be found at




Foundation Associate

Reports To

Spencer Foundation Director of Development and Director of Programs

Position Type

Part Time




New York City

Time Frame

Minimum 3 days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)



Spencer Educational Foundation (SEF) has an internship opportunity and seeks a student currently enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level.

In today’s business environment, there is a risk in having information but not knowing what it means. Among other things our summer intern will be helping us research and analyze program and donor data to present to our Board to enable more informed decisions.

You are:

·       A person interested in both development (fundraising) and program management.

·       Someone who likes to make information understandable

·       A person who enjoys speaking with people, building relationships and driving a worthy cause.

·       Someone who is willing to learn but can work independently

The associate provides administrative, program management, development and fundraising support to Spencer’s Directors of Development and Programs. Supports the Foundation by assisting with fundraising and outreach initiatives ensuring database integrity and accuracy. Interfaces with alumni, donors, and program applicants. Current and potential donors through telephone and social media outreach. This summer projects may include: Program research (effectiveness); Donor research (where are alumni); Interviews with scholarship/grant recipients for newsletter/web; and assistance with rebranding efforts



·       Assists in managing database, including data entry, integration and reporting.

·       Assists in drafting correspondence for development and program management purposes.

·       Helps maintain donor and applicant files and other materials.

·       Assists with mailings and special projects as needed.

·       Conducts research on potential donors, alumni, strategic partners, markets and industries.

·       Assists in managing website and social media activities.

·       Writes articles and profiles for the Foundation’s newsletter and website.


Writing and research, social media, communication, networking, fundraising; database management


Education: Currently enrolled in college and in discipline in fundraising, development, foundations.

Years of Experience: Starting 0 to 1 years

Personal Characteristics/General Attributes: Detail oriented; organized; manages time well; able to manage ambiguity; collaborative; positive; innovative; team oriented; diplomatic, ethical.


Demonstrated intermediate experience in use of Microsoft Office: Windows, Excel, PowerPoint.

Data base Management experience a plus. Experience with social media.



Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter describing how your qualifications meet our needs along with a resume. Please provide a 1 page writing sample. 


Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

In subject line use recruitment code: Foundation Intern.

Please note: position is based in midtown New York City and relocation fees are not available. 

EEO Statement RIMS is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital or partnership status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, arrest or criminal conviction status, unemployment status, predisposing genetic characteristics, status as a victim of domestic violence or stalking or sex offense, pregnancy or childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law.