The internship program at the Case Foundation offers students and recent graduates a unique and invaluable resume building work experience and networking opportunity!
The intern for the Inclusive Entrepreneurship program works closely with members of the Social Innovation team on the execution of projects within that advance opportunities for entrepreneurs regardless of race, place or gender. The Foundation’s efforts to accelerate the growth of diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship are focused on breaking down the barriers to entry for women and entrepreneurs of color to drive resilient, strong, diverse economies and communities across the U.S.
The Inclusive Entrepreneurship intern will work directly with the VP of Social Innovation and Program Associate in support of the following key programmatic areas:
- Social Capital: To combat the trends of disproportionate funding and underrepresentation for diverse entrepreneurs, the Case Foundation is committed to partnering with social capital networks providing connections, training and mentorships for entrepreneurs. Incubators for those just starting out, accelerators for those looking to grow and the ecosystem builders generally paving the way for entrepreneurs to succeed.
- Financial Capital: A growing body of data highlights a sobering fact: we aren’t tapping the full potential of America’s innovation and ingenuity because venture capital has favored a limited few. At the Case Foundation, we believe that this data, while arresting, also represents a powerful economic opportunity to seize, simply by taking steps to be intentional in reaching out to find and fund new, high growth and innovative startups from broader segments of society.
- Inspiration Capital: In addition to social and financial capital, the Case Foundation believes it is essential to build “inspiration capital”—to demonstrate to aspiring entrepreneurs, funders and media that a robust pipeline of diverse entrepreneurs exist in this country. It’s time to correct the outdated myths and break down the stereotypes and default images of who can be an entrepreneur.
In order to accomplish these goals, this intern’s efforts will focus on research, data analysis, creating briefings and drafting thought leadership pieces.
In addition to program specific tasks, interns are responsible for handling a variety of projects in support of the Case Foundation’s social media strategy and office operations, completing a range of tasks that include:
- Conducting research, preparing reports and drafting posts for the Case Foundation blog.
- Performing project-specific outreach to nonprofits and other external partners.
- Assisting with meeting and event planning and organization.
- Contributing to and helping to maintain/enhance the Case Foundation’s social media and networking presence.
- Providing administrative support, when needed (including data entry, filing, mass mailings and taking and preparing meeting notes)
- Ability to synthesize large quantities of information into concise reports.
- Excellent reading comprehension, organization, writing, and presentation skills. Strong communication skills are a must. Additionally, attention to detail is highly valued.
- Interest in and ability to work in both a team environment and alone with minimal direction.
- Demonstrate basic computer skills, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and the willingness to learn other software tools.
- Knowledge of or interest in civic engagement, volunteering and service, philanthropy, impact investing, finance and/or entrepreneurship as tools to drive big social change.
- Undergraduate, recent graduates and graduate students.
- Ability to commit to a minimum of 24 hours and three to four days per week at the Case Foundation office, located in Washington, D.C.
- Hard worker, motivated by getting in the trenches, and willing to contribute to the team
This internship is paid or for credit through an accredited university program; additionally, the Case Foundation offers transportation reimbursement for those receiving credit.
In your cover letter, please outline your interest in the Case Foundation and what you hope to gain from this internship experience. We accept applications on a rolling basis; however, active recruitment for Spring interns will begin in mid-October. We will only contact candidates who will be asked for interviews. No phone calls please.
The Case Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.