Human Rights Philanthropy Intern (Remote) - Schooner Foundation

About Us: The Schooner Foundation believes in the fundamental right to a life with dignity, opportunity, and access to resources. Founded in 1998, the Foundation seeks to advance human rights by leveraging funds where there is the greatest need and opportunity, both domestically and internationally.

We partner with organizations that focus on human rights & social justice, global health & equity, education, economic opportunity, peace & security, environmental conservation, investigative journalism, and campaign finance reform. The Schooner Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that excel in their fields of expertise, share our values of trust, integrity, and respect, and whose programs are aligned with our core funding areas.

To date, Schooner grants have funded medical fellowships partnering with rural communities across the country; conservation efforts protecting biodiversity in East Africa; initiatives working to end torture worldwide; schools and youth programs supporting Syrian youth; and investigative journalism entities reporting on politics, crime and racial injustice, and climate change.  


The Opportunity: The Schooner Foundation Internship Program provides both exposure and practical training in all areas of philanthropy.  Interns will work to promote and administer the full spectrum of grantmaking operations, get exposure to a myriad of programs, and gain a deep understanding of philanthropic decision-making. 

At the Schooner Foundation, we recognize that genuine partnership is at the core of affecting real change. We fund both project-based grants and general operational support, and we work with our grantees to provide guidance, advocate on issues, and foster strategic collaborations. 

This Internship will run from January to mid-May, in alignment with the 2021 Spring Semester. As this is an unpaid internship, we do request that students receive academic credit through their institution, and we are willing to work with both the student intern and the institution to help make this work for all parties.


Who We Are Looking for: 

  • An undergraduate or graduate student from any academic focus area - here at Schooner, we value being able to use your knowledge to bring a unique perspective to the internship, more so than your specific major. 

  • Excellent written- and verbal-communication skills

  • Strong analytical and research abilities 

  • Initiative, resourcefulness and flexibility

  • Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion

  • Available to work a minimum of 10 hours a week during the Spring semester - due to coroanvirus restrictions, the Schooner offices are currently closed, and the internship will be remote for the Spring 2021 Semester.


Here’s What You Will Bring to the Table:

  • Conduct research on current and potential grantees to support decision-making

  • Assist with strategic planning and grantmaking process development

  • Work with grantees directly on specific project-based work to further leverage our partnerships

  • Contribute to SF communication and marketing materials

  • Information systems/data management/operations, data input, etc.

  • Help plan and organize meetings and events

  • Additional projects tailored to your skills and learning objectives


Why You Will Love Working At SF…

  • You will learn firsthand how a grantmaking organization operates and acquire a deeper understanding of the role philanthropic organizations play in promoting and advancing social justice and human rights.

  • You’ll gain valuable exposure to the wide range of grantees and grow your personal networks.

  • We prioritize your professional growth and give attention to developing relevant, transferable skills to set you up for the next steps toward a meaningful career.

  • Your internship will have real impact around the world - in 2020, we granted a culminating $7.5 million to 100 organizations working several countries including Syria, Haiti, Tanzania, and the United States .

  • We believe people work best when they’re happy - we offer a flexible work schedule in a friendly, collaborative office environment.


NOTE: This is an unpaid internship for academic credit. Observant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, this internship is in compliance with the US Department of Labor’s guidelines for unpaid internships. 


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a copy of your resume to Emily Caccam, Foundation Associate, at [email protected]. Eligible candidates will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview.

We provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. 


Testimony from Barbara Zayas, former SF intern:

“My time at the Schooner Foundation was empowering for both my professional and personal life. Working with a team who is devoted to creating a social and global impact through philanthropy is a valuable and unique opportunity. By far, my hands-on-experience consisted of contributing to real and meaningful work in the private foundation sector. I enjoyed working with a small staff that is caring and welcoming in every sense. Without a doubt, my internship with SF reaffirmed my desire to work towards international development in order to uplift marginal communities.”

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