Here's How it Works
- We support 65 paid summer internships at exceptional non-profit organizations in Greater Boston
- Accepted interns are paired with non-profits whose missions align with the intern’s passion, skill set or academic path
- We provide leadership development and mentorship through a series of professional development days and special projects throughout the summer
Until Applications Are Due on March 1st
Applications Are Closed For The Year
2017 Summer Program is closed and 2018 Summer Program application will be available December 1, 2017. Thank you.
- 10 week full time internship at a non-profit in the greater Boston area starts May 29, 2018 and ends August 3, 2018
- Interns are paired with a partner non-profit agency whose mission and/or job requirement matches the intern’s skill set and areas of interest
- Interns receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer
- Interns must participate in our mandatory leadership development days
- Students must be willing to live in the Greater Boston area for the summer
- Housing is not provided
- Significant current community service experience required
- Current undergraduate college students and graduating seniors who are passionate about community service and the non-profit world and seek further engagement
- Students show recent demonstrated leadership skills
- Must live in the Greater Boston area or be willing to find local housing for the 10 week internship
- Students on a gap year between high school and college may apply
- Must be enrolled at a domestic (U.S.A.) college or university and have proper work visas if you are an international student
- The application will be available on December 1, 2017 and the deadline for submission is February 15, 2018
- Applications are reviewed and candidates notified of acceptance by mid to late March 2018
- Accepted candidates commit to Forest Foundation program by April 1, 2018
- Applicants may be accepted earlier than the February 15 deadline and will be given 2 weeks to commit to Forest Foundation
- Availability for an in-person, telephone, or Skype interview may be required
My whole perspective on the type of career I can explore and pursue while maintaining the social justice framework that is important to me has expanded.
I had the opportunity to get to know individual staff within the organization and develop crucial writing skills.
I completed a report on local policy to encourage renewable energies – first learning the policies, and then communicating them to genuinely interested elected officials.
I was inspired by the other interns in program; can’t wait to see where everyone is heading!
This experience has provided irreplaceable perspective that will follow me throughout my career path and cause me to prioritize equality, inclusion and engagement.
This experience will definitely inform my course selections and will allow me to become a more direct community volunteer.
Post Internship Opportunities
Fall Grant Program
The Fall Grant Program was created to encourage Forest Foundation interns’ involvement in their college or local community, to further develop their grant writing skills, and to increase personal connections to local non-profit agencies. Past interns can select a non-profit in their community (hometown, college, anywhere in the USA), engage the agency, identify a funding need, and write a $1,000 grant proposal.
All proposals are to be submitted by December 1, 2016. The most compelling and significant proposals will be granted $1,000 each. We typically fund 10 proposals but will consider more if they are exceptional!
Second Year Internships
Upon successful completion of a First Year Internship, students are invited to apply as Second Year Interns. This is a unique opportunity for a Forest Foundation intern to further their exposure and commitment to non-profits, expanding their co-curricular undergraduate college career to include two summers working and interning at non-profit agencies.
A second year intern has the opportunity to create and self direct an internship position at a single non-profit or combination of agencies. The locations are geographically restricted to Greater Boston.