Summer Internship in Community Organizing


Summer Internship in Community Organizing Request for Proposals 
(For Current Grantees)
The New York Foundation is providing funds for summer internships in community organizing for young people. Our goal is to provide young people (ages 15 to 23) with a training experience in the process of community organizing. We will prioritize internship proposals that involve interns directly in organizing efforts, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. Over the years, we have learned that some of the elements of a good internship experience include extensive contact with community residents, regular and attentive supervision, and having a discrete project that can be completed during the course of the summer. We encourage you to take these elements into consideration as you plan for your summer internship program and prepare your proposal. Proposals are due no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

New York Foundation’s Summer Internship in Philanthropy
The New York Foundation seeks an intern to oversee our Summer Internship in Community Organizing (SICO) program which enables current grantees to hire young people who are interested in exploring the field of community organizing. The internship at the New York Foundation offers a young person the opportunity to learn about philanthropy and local grant-making. The intern who is placed with us for ten weeks, conducts site visits to the SICO interns, coordinates an orientation session, and writes a report about the summer program. He/she also reviews proposals, participates in program meetings and grantee site visits, and attends funder briefings. Click here for more information. Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

To learn more, read about last year’s program.

2016 Summer Internship in Community Organizing at a Glance

Each summer, the Foundation hosts an orientation session for SICO interns. Read blog piece Reflections: My Experience at the NYF SICO Orientation, Written by Samaya Abdus-Salaam, 2016 New York Foundation intern in philanthropy.

SICO interns connected at an all-day orientation session where they reviewed the important elements of community organizing and how it can create social change, developed their skills and learned new strategies, and gained an understanding of the SICO program’s purpose. Ejeris Dixon, founder of the consulting group Vision Change Win, facilitated the event. She is an organizer and advocate with 15 years of experience working in racial justice, LGBTQ, anti-violence, and economic justice movements. Interns especially enjoyed discussing the different approaches to addressing the root causes of an issue and role playing how to do outreach. The interns also appreciated having guest speakers Jesus Gonzalez, deputy director of Churches United for Fair Housing and Anthonine Pierre, the lead organizer of the Brooklyn Movement Center share their experiences as community organizers. The session ended with the young people completing the phrase “I Want to Live in a World Where ________” and sharing it with the group. This year’s gathering was organized by Samaya with the assistance of Renea Burke, who interned with the Foundation in 2015. Former Communications Manager, Kenny Polyak, took photos of the interns including headshots for their personal and professional use.