Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Internships

The Sama Mundlay ‘20 American Cities Internships are designed for students who want to work in major U.S. cities and engage in the social, economic, and/or cultural realities of diverse urban environments.

Click on the links below to explore internship opportunities in these American City areas:

Please note: While we hope all Signature Internships for Summer 2023 will be in person, the final decision will be made in Spring 2023 and will depend on global health conditions.

Eligible class years: Sophomores and Juniors

Students can apply for up to two Signature Internships across any program areas. Click here for instruction about how to apply along with our Signature Internships Website

ARTS & CULTURE

Internships in museums, printmaking studios, and more.

 

The Field Museum

(Chicago, Illinois) Confirmed for Summer 2023

The Field Museum is a world-class scientific and cultural institution, attracting up to 2 million visitors annually. Originally established to house collections assembled for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, the museum now has nearly 40 million objects in its collection. These include dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, mummies and other archeological artifacts, objects from cultures around the world, plant and animal specimens, as well as gems, minerals, and meteorites. The collections form the foundation of the Museum’s exhibition, research, and education programs. The Museum’s mission is to fuel “a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.” 

The Field maintains a unique connection to Wellesley - its former Vice President, Museum Affairs is Wellesley’s own Laura Daignault Gates ‘72, current Chair of the Board of Trustees; Wellesley students have been interning with the Field for over a decade. Read about interns Rebecca Arango ’21 and Renee Chen ’21. Alumna Lauren Richmond ‘14 also has shared how this internship shaped her career after Wellesley.

Job Title: Exhibition Development Intern 
Placements available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person or hybrid as determined by Museum

Job Description: ​​As an Exhibition Development Intern, you will work alongside Exhibition Developers as they prepare for upcoming temporary and permanent exhibitions. Interns gain an inside view of the exhibition process. Tasks will vary depending on the nature of each exhibition. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon include:

  • Research and Writing: Conduct background research, write summaries, fact-check with scientists, find references for replications or illustrations, researching and acquiring rights for video and images.
  • Information Management: Maintain database information for objects to be put on display
  • Creative: Help brainstorm interactives and test interactive prototypes. 

Interns attend relevant team and department-wide meetings. Interns may transcribe, take notes, or summarize meetings between exhibition developers and cultural community members or scientists. Please note that this is not a position that involves handling artifacts or artifact conservation, field work, or original research in a field of science.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores or Juniors
  • Strong research experience
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently toward a goal or project completion
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Initiative to learn and solve problems
  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds

EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

(New York, New York) Confirmed for Summer 2023

A significant workshop in the history of American printmaking, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop was established in 1948 by Robert Blackburn, a legendary figure in the history of printmaking. It became a remarkable educational center, introducing printmaking to artists and supporting emerging talent in this medium. His workshop, open to artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels, was nationally and internationally known.

After Blackburn’s death in 2003, his workshop reopened as the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. The workshop continues to serve as a co-operative printmaking workspace that provides professional quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers of every skill level. It fosters an artistic community dedicated to racial, ethnic, cultural, and artistic diversity while promoting technical and artistic exploration, innovation and collaboration. The workshop maintains Robert Blackburn’s creative ideals and egalitarian spirit in its low cost access to printers, equipment and education. It serves more than 8,000 people per year from the United States and countries all over the world. 

Learn about Sarah Burney ‘08 and how her experience with Blackburn helped shape her career, and check the portfolio of Breslin Bell ‘18 which includes some of her work with the studio.

Job Title: Design and Operations Intern
Placements available: 1
Eligible Class Year: Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: The Design and Operations Intern will gain hands-on training in many aspects of a professional print studio. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon include: 

  • Technical Creative Skills: Platemaking, editioning. Perform various other print-related tasks depending upon experience.
  • Administrative: Assist the master printer and the artists-in-residence, assist with exhibition space, support educational programming.
  • Organization: Archival assistance, organize exhibition space for visitors and other community stakeholders, etc. 

Eligibility Requirements:

This internship position is available to an art major or a student with some experience and interest in printmaking. NOTE: This internship requires an on-campus interview and the presentation of a portfolio during the interview. 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate: 

  • Open to Sophomore and Juniors only
  • This internship position is available to an art major or a student with some experience and interest in printmaking. 
  • Motivation and attention to details
  • Natural inquisitiveness and creativity
  • Successful applicants will have a strong printmaking portfolio; an art background is helpful. 
  • Applications are encouraged from those who have taken ARTS 322 (Advanced Print Concepts), ARTS 219 (Lithography), ARTS 220 (Intro to Print), and/or ARTS 222 (Bookmaking and typography).

Praise Shadows Art Gallery

(Brookline, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

HISTORY: Established in December 2020 by Yng-Ru Chen, an art world veteran formerly with the Asia Society, MoMA P.S.1, Sotheby’s, and more. Praise Shadows is a commercial art gallery whose artists are represented in many museum collections and exhibitions.

MISSION: Praise Shadows Art Gallery is a hybrid space emphasizing exhibitions by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, a retail space for art books and works made by artists, and mentorship for young talent in the Greater Boston area.

FACTS

  • Over the past two years, gallery-represented artists Duke Riley and Madeline Donahue have had multiple works acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
  • We are a small women-led team, including our owner Yng-Ru Chen and gallery manager, Hailey Hartshorn.
  • Our exhibitions have been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Hyperallergic, Artforum, The Guardian, The New Yorker Magazine, and more.

Job Title: Gallery Intern
Available Placements:
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

RESPONSIBILITIES: Intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to engaging with visitors, assisting with social media and exhibition preparation, install and deinstall.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a small team, we have our hands in everything we do. A Wellesley intern will gain first-hand experience working on the gallery's back and front end, including interacting with the public and exhibition preparation and execution.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The intern must be interested in the following:

  • Contemporary art
  • Art history
  • Customer service and client relations
  • Inventory management
  • Artist relations
  • Marketing
  • Community relations
  • Business, finances, and the economics of the fine art market

While we are open to applicants of all skill sets, we are particularly interested in students who exhibit:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Kindness toward others
  • Eagerness to always improve
  • Comfort with handling fine art (no formal art handling experience required, we have specialists for that)
  • Past experience in retail or customer service
  • Past experience in a gallery, museum, or other cultural institution
  • Talent with graphic design, photo-editing, photography

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY & FAIR TRADE BUSINESS

Internships in organizations that promote and advance corporate social responsibility worldwide and across industries

 

Social Accountability International (SAI)

(New York, NY) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Founded in 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing human rights at workplaces. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere-- sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights. SAI empowers workers and managers at all levels of businesses and supply chains using its multi-industry SA8000® Standard, as well as Social Fingerprint®, TenSquared, and other training and capacity building programs. SAI is a leader in policy and implementation, working together with a diverse group of stakeholders, including brands, suppliers, governments, trade unions, non-profits, and academia. SAI’s work is funded by US, Dutch, German and UK government agencies and by foundations and individuals. SAI Signatory Members include HP, The Walt Disney Company, Tata Steel, VF (Timberland, Wrangler, North Face & other brands), and Eileen Fisher. 

The Executive Director, Emerita of SAI, is Eileen Kohl Kaufman ‘66, who created these internships for Wellesley students in the early 2000s. Learn about former interns Bridget Dunn ‘15, Sabrina Zurga ‘15, and Katherine Schwartz ‘18 and what brought them to SAI/SAAS in 2013.

Job Title: Summer Intern
Available Placements: 1 
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: Projects will be selected based on students’ interests, skills, and the changing needs of the organization(s). Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon include:

  • Research and Analysis: Research and analyze legislation relevant to international labor standards implementation. Perform case studies and cost/benefit analyses relating to implementation of SA8000, working hours, living wage, other aspects of humane business practices, and anti-bribery systems. Identify and research potential sources of grants for SAI and assist in fundraising opportunities.
  • Writing and Communications: Assist with the monthly newsletter, contribute to profiles of SA8000® certified facilities or other material.
  • Data Management: Collect and organize data for country diagnostics on labor issues and on country labor legislation. Manage incoming requests and database tracking system. 
  • Administrative: Maintain and organize office systems. Provide management support for programs.
  • Creative: Assist in the development of potential new programs.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores or Juniors 
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights, labor rights, and/or corporate social responsibility
  • Strong writing skills required; strong research skills are a plus
  • Statistics, data management, or experience with Excel is highly beneficial
  • Economics, international studies, and/or business coursework preferred
  • No language requirement, but fluency in another language (written and spoken) is a plus.

Ten Thousand Villages

(Akron, PA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

As the pioneer of fair trade, Ten Thousand Villages has been pursuing its mission to address economic injustice for the last 76 years. Through partnerships with artists and makers all over the globe, we design product that puts people and planet first with the intention of positively impacting the lives of many individuals and communities while bringing their craft and products to the US consumer. Every purchase, every product, every person makes a difference. Together we break the cycle of generational poverty and ignite social change.

Job Titles: There are 4 positions available

1. Production Design & Development Intern

2. Merchandise Planning Intern

3. IT Intern

4. Human Resources Intern 

Available Placements: 4 (one intern for each role)
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Production Design & Development Intern: The Product Design & Development Internship will expose you to the design and purchasing work done by the Purchasing team within the Merchandising Department including product design and development within the context of a comprehensive line planning assortment review project. Read more about the position here.

Merchandise Planning Intern: The Merchandise Planning Internship will learn about and contribute to the planning, purchasing and replenishment work done by the Merchandising Department of Ten Thousand Villages. In addition to specific projects, this intern will gain experience in the everyday function of a planner in a retail environment. You will have exposure to cross functional partnerships, developing assortment/strategy recommendation, in-season forecasting and converting large amounts of data into understandable headlines. Read more about the position here.

IT Intern: The IT Intern will support the growth and success of the Ten Thousand Villages mission by contributing to daily tasks and projects within the IT Department. Read more about the position here.

Human Resources Intern: The HR Internship provides an opportunity to assist a small team with administrative and HR-related tasks which contribute to an effective, enjoyable work environment for all employees of Ten Thousand Villages. In addition to routine tasks and updates, the successful intern will provide suitable recommendations to improve HR policies and processes and will be able to draft employee communications notifying staff of HR matters. Read more about the position here.

Additional Placement Information: Interns will be provided with housing during the internship and summer stipends will be $2,500. 

EMPOWERING WOMEN & COMMUNITIES

Internships in organizations committed to development or policy work that addresses social and economic disparities affecting women, children, and low-income, diverse communities.

 

Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of Student Assessment

(Chicago, IL) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core principles are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership, and continuous learning.

Job Titles: There are 2 positions available

1. Skyline Intern

2. Reach Performance Task Intern

Available Placements: 2 (one intern for each role)
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: Hybrid or remote as determined by CPS

Skyline Intern: As the Department of Student Assessment & MTSS, we develop and maintain a Balanced Assessment System and ensure that all CPS stakeholders have high quality information about student academic achievement and growth. In SY21-22, this included the launch of a new district-wide curriculum with curriculum-embedded assessments that are housed in a digital district assessment system (visit this page to read more about Skyline). We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented student who is interested in supporting the continuous improvement of the assessments and technical platform in which they are housed, while developing their project management skills and learning about education technology. The main project will focus on supporting the revision of curriculum-embedded assessments. This can include conducting quality checks of the assessments, transferring assessments into the digital assessment platform, working to improve user experience, and ensuring associated instructional resources are provided alongside the assessments. Depending on time and interests, we can provide additional opportunities to develop specific skills, such as data analysis. Experience with educational technology platforms is a plus. The candidate can be either remote or, depending on CPS capacity, have the option to come into the office several days a week if desired. In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the intern must possess the following qualifications:  

Type of Education Required:

  • Applicants could come from a variety of majors. ​

Type of Experience and Number of Years:

  • Previous office work experience is preferred. Experience with education technology bonus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Interest in learning about educational technology and its implementation in a large organization

 

Reach Performance Task Intern: Since 2013, CPS has required all PK-12th grade teachers to administer beginning and end of year REACH Performance Tasks, which comprise 30% of a teacher's annual student growth evaluation rating and have been administered via paper and pencil since the program's inception. Read more about REACH Performance Tasks on this fact sheet.

In Fall 2022, the Department of Student Assessment is planning to begin offering 3-12th grade teachers the option of administering REACH Performance Tasks online. To prepare for online administration, the Assessment Department is seeking an intern who will report to the REACH Performance Task Manager to assist in managing the transition of paper/pencil PTs to online administration via our new district wide Checkpoint assessment system. 

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the quality review process to ensure that approximately 180 online Performance Tasks are error free and working with content team managers to approve any necessary PT updates/modifications
  • Assist in developing and managing all communication and guidance documents related to providing teachers with the option to administer Online REACH PTs in Fall 2022
  • Recommend improvements to existing systems and standardized procedures for monitoring and tracking future Quality Review processes
  • Assist in the development of Online Administration PT policy 
  • Manage the REACH PT Inbox and work with the Checkpoint team to provide ongoing support to assist teachers and principals with troubleshooting online administration issues
  • Manage the development of a master crosswalk that provides links to most recent REACH PT versions, provide historical overview of PT version administration, and tracks assessed REACH PT and Skyline standards
  • Assist in identifying measures to track annual Online Performance Task administration statistics and recommending future benchmarks
  • Assist in designing and managing Professional Learning to prepare teachers for online administration  and developing tracking and accountability procedures to monitor and ensure completion of training requirements

Ideal candidates should be a self-starter, resourceful, and comfortable taking the initiative to recommend improvements and seek clarification when needed. Candidates should have strong written and verbal communication skills and should be proficient in Microsoft Word and utilizing the Google suite. Interest and/or experience with PK-12 public schools preferred but not required. 

CitySprouts

(Cambridge and Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

CitySprouts is a non-profit school garden program that works with public schools to build capacity to integrate the school garden into teachers’ curriculum and the school culture. CitySprouts partners with 21 public schools in Cambridge and Boston, MA. Our Middle School Program consists of both afterschool and summer programming with a goal to make the experience of garden-based learning accessible to all young people.

CitySprouts’ Summer Program is based in Cambridge and Boston and provides 90 youth (ages 11-14) with hands-on learning through growing, harvesting, preparing and eating healthy food in an urban garden. With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the summer program fosters a strong connection to their natural urban environment through working and learning in the garden.

Job Title: Education Intern
Placements available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: CitySprouts is seeking energetic, diverse, and outgoing interns to provide essential support to the Summer Program. CitySprouts Summer Interns can expect a significant learning opportunity as well as opportunities for career exploration. Summer Interns typically work in pairs, directly with a CitySprouts Garden Educator and will also: 

  • Receive training in:
    • Urban agriculture
    • Teaching about food and the environment
    • Managing youth groups in an outdoor setting
    • Building relationships with and teaching middle school youth
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Collaborate with a garden maintenance team as stewards for multiple school gardens
  • Engage in daily lesson and activity planning in inquiry and project-based curriculum
  • Help build youth’s STEM, social-emotional, gardening, and cooking skills

The CitySprouts Summer Internship is an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in the heart of a growing nonprofit organization. Interns will be given significant responsibility toward making the summer program a successful experience for all participants, as well as in representing CitySprouts to young people, families and the larger community. Interns report to the Program Manager. Work hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday (may be subject to change).

All members of CitySprouts staff, including interns, are expected to uphold the following expectations: 

  • Be curious, open and willing to try new things
  • Express enthusiasm for the CitySprouts program in the garden, in the neighborhood and on field trips
  • Approach the physical labor of garden maintenance with energy and a positive attitude
  • Stay mindful of the impact adults have on young people and foster a positive & respectful relationship between youth, other Interns and CitySprouts staff
  • We expect Interns and staff to be thoughtful and reflective about how their own identities affect interactions with youth and each other
  • Our office and summer sites are spread across Boston and Cambridge. Not all of our sites are directly accessible from Public Transportation or walkable. It is important that you have a plan for transportation across the city. We've found those who have access to bikes or cars are most successful when commuting to our summer sites. 

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Youth Development and Education
    • Assist the Garden Educator in teaching a team of summer middle school interns about STEM topics, growing food, garden care, healthy cooking, science of the garden, food justice, community service, and the natural environment
    • Work with the Garden Educator to plan inquiry and project-based activities and lessons for interns related to the above topics 
    • Mentor middle school youth and encourage their leadership skills
    • Chaperone youth on field trips to local farms, food pantries and grocery stores
  • Urban Agricultural Skills
    • Work as part of an afternoon garden maintenance crew, perform routine tasks such as watering, weeding, harvesting and planting
    • Complete special garden maintenance and construction projects with garden crew
  • Cooking and Food 
    • Responsible for pantry inventory and cookbox organization at internship site
    • Responsible for guiding cooking and maintaining safety during youth meal preparation

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to sophomores and juniors. 
  • Fluency in a second language strongly preferred
  • Ability to do physical work outside
  • Experience with youth supervision and programming

St. Stephen’s Youth Programs

(Boston, MA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

The B-SAFE Program (The Bishop’s Summer Academic & Fun Enrichment Program) is a full-day academic and enrichment program serving young people from first grade through high school. St. Stephen’s Youth Programs runs ten B-SAFE programs in six Boston area neighborhoods. The goal is to provide each young person with a comprehensive Circle of Care and build a community where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. Each site includes academic programs in reading, writing and math; peace-building and conflict resolution; visual and performing art workshops; science activities; recreational activities; and many field trips. By contributing to their academic and interpersonal skills, B-SAFE helps young people advance learning in school and become leaders in their communities. 

B-SAFE serves young people in neighborhoods that have limited summer academic programming and that have been identified as “hot spots” for violence. The program serves elementary and middle schoolers who qualify for some form of public assistance and who would not otherwise have access to high-quality, affordable summer programs. For high school students, B-SAFE offers counselor training, leadership opportunities, and employment. Last summer, B-SAFE served more than 660 youth across its locations 160 of these were teens with paid jobs and internships. 

Job Title: Academic Intern
Placements Available: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: Academic Interns serve as members of B-SAFE's academic team, with a special focus on adapting and implementing the summer curriculum. B-SAFE is a well-established program with experimental components. Interns will work in a creative and high-energy environment. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

  • Curriculum Design: Work with other members of the Academic Team to design and create Numbers (Math and STEM), Word (Humanities), Visual Art, Health and Wellness, and Social Emotional Learning lessons for grades 1 through 8
  • Teaching: Train and support the teaching specialists hired to teach these lessons for the summer on the content of the curriculum. Serve as a specialist at one site for the subject of the curriculum developed (Word, Numbers, Art, Health and Wellness). Teaching young people directly will add to the experience an Academic Intern can offer to specialist colleagues.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Support partner organizations who will run specialty days at all six site locations. Fun at Home Days are a 3-hour block of time once a week. The Academic Team works collaboratively with other youth-serving organizations and trainers who offer a fun and educationally enriching theme.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomores and juniors with interest in non-profit and community development work
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • A “can-do” attitude, flexibility, sense of humor, and grace under pressure are essential characteristics for doing this job well 
  • A creative and entrepreneurial spirit to figure out the best way to help create systems in an effort to standardize the teaching and education happening in multiple sites

YMCA of the East Bay, Head Start

(Berkeley, CA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

Founded in Berkeley in 1903, the YMCA is one of the most established human services organizations in the East Bay. As a non-profit deeply rooted in the communities it serves, the YMCA brings families, neighbors, and friends together in a motivated and fun environment to learn, play and grow. Its mission is to bring people together in pursuit of spiritual, mental and physical growth, to build community, and to serve. The YMCA works to ensure that people have what they need to get and stay healthy.

The YMCA of the East Bay is composed of health and wellness centers, 30+ child care sites (including Early Head Start and Head Start), and a free, non-membership teen center advancing academic achievement, career preparation, service learning and leadership development for youth in the community. Every year, they serve more than 50,000 people from a diverse range of ages, abilities and backgrounds. Check out this summary from recent HeadStart Program Intern Sasha Leys '23 to learn more about this enriching summer opportunity!

Job Title: Program Intern
Available Placements: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: In person

Job Description: The Program Interns will gain insight into health education, nonprofit, and community work in an intimate and holistic way. Interns have the opportunity to complete their own “project” of choice that fits with the YMCA’s mission for serving low-income children and their families. A plan will be developed with the intern to determine the best match based on skills and interests. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include: 

  • Teaching skills: Work in classrooms (children ages 0-5 years) to provide support to health and nutritional programs, including developing curricula and oversight of classroom activities. Provide tutoring support within the adult apprenticeship program, which includes social and child care workers working toward their associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Research program options for families and children, updating family handbooks, assist with grant writing and policy development. Work with staff and external partners to develop health and wellness content and programming, participate in community panels for youth success. 
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency: Develop familiarity with the wide diversity of the East Bay community toward the creation of culturally-competent programs and services. Engage with people both internal and external to the organization representing several distinct cultures, races/ethnicities and religions. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to Sophomores and Juniors
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Collaborative approach
  • Volunteerism or public service interest, leadership
  • Candidates who have an interest in health care, children and youth, government, and community or political organizing are encouraged to apply.

Women's Foundation of California

(Oakland, CA) Confirmed for Summer 2023

The Women’s Foundation California (WFC) is a statewide, publicly supported community foundation dedicated to achieving gender, racial, and economic justice by centering the experience and expertise of communities most impacted by systemic injustice. The Foundation approaches its work through a critical and inclusive gender lens, focusing on experiences, concerns, and leadership of cisgender and transgender women, non-binary and genderqueer and transgender men. It gives grants and provides training to strengthen effective and innovative nonprofits and leaders. The majority of its grants and programs support work that is conducted by, with, and for low-income women and girls, particularly those from communities of color, immigrant communities, and the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Since its founding in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $40 million in grants and capacity building assistance to more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations. Its renowned Solis Policy Institute has trained nearly 600 advocates and local leaders, and helped pass 46 new statewide laws or local policies impacting health, safety and economic prosperity. Read about recent interns Phung Ninh ‘20 and Sama Mundlay ‘20 (the namesake of this program!) and what brought them to the Women’s Foundation.

Job Title: Programming and Partnerships Interns
Available Placements: 2
Eligible Class Year: Sophomores and Juniors
Format: Remote
Supplemental Application Materials Required: Writing sample 

Job Description: Programming and Partnernships Interns at the Women’s Foundation are given substantive opportunities to contribute to ongoing and emerging projects depending on their interest and experience levels. Interns will take part in team meetings and are responsible for completing their projects. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include:  

  • Research: Learn about the work of a publicly supported foundation. Conduct independent research. Gather and evaluation information related to partnership project(s). Pursue independent projects and work closely with the Partnerships Team. Contribute content to grant proposals. 
  • Solis Policy Institute: Gain an understanding of how policy can impact historically marginalized communities, support current State and Local program fellows in policy advocacy efforts (reaching out to coalitions, policymakers, and organizational allies), and help build the network of fellows and alums.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to Sophomores and Juniors with an interest in foundation and development partnerships work, nonprofit management, women's or LGBTQIA+ rights, public policy, and/or grassroots organizations are encouraged to apply.
  • Preference for students whose place of residency is California or the Pacific Time Zone.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

REQUIRED Supplemental Application Materials:
This placement requires that candidates submit a writing sample, which should be uploaded to the online application. ​Candidates may use an excerpt from a class assignment or submit other written work that directly relates to the organization’s mission or work. Writing sample should be no more than 3 pages.

RECENT AMERICAN CITIES INTERNS

2022

  • Audrey Hirsch '23, YMCA East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Eliana Arroyo '23, Women's Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Eliza Poffenberger '23, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
  • Juliette Lange '23, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Lan Mu '23, EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
  • Rebecca Fang '24, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Sasha Leys '23, YMCA East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Van An Trinh '24, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA

2021

  • Annabel Brazaitis ‘22, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Alexa Gross ‘22, EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
  • Briana Vigil ‘22, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Camilla Bianchi ‘23, Women's Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Charnell Jones ‘23, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Jane Morency ‘23, Women's Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Maren Frye ‘23, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Margaux Allen ‘22, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Meredith Youngblood ‘22, Women's Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Millie Stone ‘23, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Sophie Sebastiani ‘23, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Yasmin Kaiser ‘23, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

2020

  • Ashley Bisram '22, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Ashley Jang '22, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Ava Yokanovich '22, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Caylee Pallatto '21, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Lizette Ortega '22, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA

2019

  • Adrienne Klusey '20, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Amanda Wright '20, Unite Here: Local 11, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carolyn Lam '21, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, Los Angeles, CA
  • Emily Spaulding '21, Social Accountability International , New York, NY
  • J. Miranda Yang '21, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Lia James '21, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Lizbeth Salinas-Reyes '21, MarVista Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
  • Maggie Haley '20, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Rebecca Arango '21, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Renee Chen '21, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Rinako Sonobe '20, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York, NY
  • Satvika Devrani '21, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Zoe Jonick '21, Women's Foundation of California, Oakland, CA

2018

  • Sara Cooper ’20, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Zubyn D’Costa ’20, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Cathy DiGennaro ’19, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Katie Dundes ’20, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Huzaifa Ejaz ’20, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Stephanie Hsu ’20, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Deyanira Ibarra ’20, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Hazel Leung ’20, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
  • Vanmey Ma ’20, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan ’71, Oakland, CA
  • Lydia MacKay ’19, Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge, MA
  • Sama Mundlay ’20, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Phung Ninh ’20, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Lianet Rosado ’19, International Justice Mission, Washington, DC
  • Madeline Sorenson ’19, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Kira Van Voorhees ’20, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA

2017

  • Nicole E. Anderson ’18, Low Vision Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Daniela P. Aspiazu ’19, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
  • Emily K. Bader ’18, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Subha Baniya ’19, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Zohal E. Barsi ’19, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Breslin S. Bell ’18, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York, NY
  • Ariana Carter ’18, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston, SC
  • Madelena H. Collins ’18, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Elinor R. R. Higgins ’18, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Vipasana Karkee ’19, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Melise M. Knowles ’18, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Debra Rowcroft ’19, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Clare Salerno ’19, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Arielle C. Schoen ’19, Legal Momentum - National Judicial Education Program, New York, NY
  • Rachael S. Schwartz ’18, Observatorio Instituto Cervantes, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Gabrielle R. Taylor ’18, EMILY’s List, Washington D.C.
  • Anna M. Thompson ’18, Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit, MI
  • Yuhan (Abby) Wu ’19, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA

2016

  • Mira Bansal ’18, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Gina M. Ferolito ’18, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Siena H. Harlin ’18, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Grace C. Chow ’17, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Lamisa S. Hossain ’17, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Virginia G. White ’17, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York, NY
  • Cynthia Y. Chen ’18, The Women’s Foundation of California, San Francisco, CA
  • Marissa J. Caldwell ’18, The Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Emerson S. Goldstein ’18, YMCA of the Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Anjali T. Madhok ’18, YMCA of the Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Bella L. Nikom ’17, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Amy A. Isabelle ’17, Low Vision Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Leslie O. Smith ’17, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston, SC
  • Sarah A. Hucklebridge ’17, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Columbia, SC