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Summer Intern

Company:         W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Downtown Chicago (Loop)

Position:           Summer Intern- part-time; hybrid on-site position

Background of Foundation: The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation is a family foundation with grantmaking priorities in education, early childhood development, and youth development with an asset base of about $110 million and a grant making budget of approximately $4-5 million a year. The Foundation’s grantees have a national footprint with a geographic focus in the Bay Area, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.  The Foundation is governed by a board of family members who are actively engaged in the Foundation. The Foundation employs four full-time staff members, with three based in Chicago and one in Philadelphia.

Position Opportunity: The Foundation has developed an exciting internship opportunity in philanthropy. Working in partnership with other Chicago-based funders, the Foundation developed its internship to provide a unique experience for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing work in the nonprofit space after college. For one current undergraduate student, this ten-week internship will provide a unique look into the nonprofit sector and opportunities to learn more about the systems and policies within the education, early childhood development, and youth development fields.

Position Summary: The Summer Intern will provide support to Foundation staff in implementing grantmaking strategies – conducting background research on relevant issues, attending site visits with the organizations the Foundation supports, and attending meetings with staff from other Foundations to discuss collaborative work and undertake special projects as needed. In addition, the Summer Intern will work with Foundation staff to improve upon internal processes to better enhance the effectiveness of the Foundation’s grantmaking. Projects may include one or more of the activities described below:



Use available data and online resources to perform research on issues related to areas of early childhood development, education, and youth development

This research helps inform our giving strategy by answering key questions: What are the areas of greatest need in the communities we support? Who is working on these issues? How can we help?


Participate in and provide support for internal and external meetings, including material preparation, notetaking and follow-up.

This type of support helps establish clear communication for meeting attendees, creating efficiencies in collaborative work. Internal meetings may include check-ins and planning meetings; external meetings may include site visits to organizations the Foundation supports or collaboration meetings with colleagues from other foundations.

Undertake special projects upon request which may include external facing work (e.g., website or social media) and/or internal processes (e.g., grant proposals and data collection).

Supporting special projects means providing extra capacity to Foundation staff so they can accomplish projects in addition to grantmaking. 

Work Environment: The Foundation’s core working hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The hours for this position will be within the core working hours and largely consistent week to week, but the final schedule will be established after discussion between the intern and supervising staff. We anticipate the position will involve approximately 24 hours per week for ten weeks, and these hours can be scheduled over three, four, or five days.

The Foundation operates as a hybrid work environment. In general, employees are expected to work in the downtown Loop office on an occasional basis.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

The information contained in this job description is intended to convey information about the essential functions and requirements of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the opportunity.

Start Date:May/June, exact start date flexible End Date: 10 weeks following start date

Compensation: $19/hour, approximately 24h/wk., paid semi-monthly. This is a non-exempt part-time temporary staff position that will terminate after ten weeks.

Applying: Please submit a one-page resume, cover letter and contact information (e-mail and telephone) to with “Summer Internship” in the subject line no later than April 26th, 2024*. In your cover letter, please indicate any:

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No calls please.

The W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation is committed to creating and enhancing a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.