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Social Impact Intern - Summer 2020|
Lever for Change is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation affiliate, whose mission is to unlock significant philanthropic capital and accelerate social change around the world’s biggest challenges. Lever for Change helps philanthropists find and fund vetted, high-impact philanthropic opportunities either through the design and management of customized competitions or by identifying opportunities from the Bold Solutions Network, a searchable database which contains the top vetted proposals from all of our competitions.
Lever for Change was created following the success of 100&Change, MacArthur’s breakthrough US $100 million competition to address a significant social challenge anywhere in the world. Since its launch in 2019, Lever for Change has secured nine competitions that will address a range of issues including improving economic mobility, reducing emissions in the US, strengthening American democracy, securing a durable future for refugees and increasing women’s power and influence in the US.
General Summary of Internship:
This summer, Lever for Change is seeking an intern who will assist the team by:
Developing Social Impact content
Identifying technical assistance providers for potential partnerships
Identifying opportunities for partnership with high profile events/programs related to institutional donors, family foundations, ultra-high net worth individuals and families
Providing quality assurance for two-page factsheets and reaching out to applicants for updated documents where needed
Playing a role in quality assurance of collateral materials
Helping to analyze data/Bold Solutions Network organizations, including mapping where organizations are based, where projects are located and what types of organizations are in the pipeline and helping to create graphs, infographics and visuals to represent the group
Developing a survey for the Bold Solution Network to identify technical support needs of organizations
Developing a mechanism to track which organizations take advantage of what types of technical support opportunities
Developing proposal guidelines for small grant fund and methodology/criteria for assessing proposals
Other duties as assigned
This internship will provide an intern with broad knowledge of innovative projects in the nonprofit sector, the operations of philanthropic organizations, and competition processes.
Qualifications & Requirements
The ideal candidate will have curiosity and desire to learn, excellent verbal and written communications skills, comfort working in a diverse environment and familiarity with computer software and online applications. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is required. Experience with Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Visio, Wikis and CRMs is preferred, but not required. An analytical mindset and skills in financial analysis are a plus.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. As a requirement, students “must be returning back to school” in the Fall of 2020 to be eligible.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.
MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.