Application for Summer 2020 Program available December 1, 2019
WHY A SUMMER WITH FOREST FOUNDATION?
You will make a difference in the lives of others through a summer-long non-profit internship. And you will get paid to do it. You learn about the larger non-profit sector along the way and your role in it. You join a cohesive community of young people who, like you, want to change the world.
You will gather with this community throughout the summer for days of networking, workshops, reflections, and professional development. You form a team with other interns and make real grants to greater Boston non-profits. You will build on your experiences this summer with enhanced work training, independent projects, and industry connections that will lead to meaningful resume entries and possible future employment opportunities.
WHO ARE OUR INTERNS?
In the last three years, 175 interns were placed at Greater Boston non-profits. These
interns were from 19 states, 4 countries and attended 73 different colleges.
Full time, 10 week internship at a non-profit in the greater Boston area
$6,000 stipend for the summer
Placement in partner non-profit based on mission interest and your skill set
5 leadership and professional development days in Boston
Workshops in diversity and inclusion, grant-writing, leadership, social enterprise, civic engagement, philanthropy and non-profit finance
Small group grant-writing project secures $3,000-$8,000 for a non-profit partner
Significant current community service experience required
Demonstrated leadership skills and passion for community issues, public work, and the non-profit world
Undergraduates attending colleges in the United States or United States citizens studying at institutions abroad
Limited positions for first-years and graduating seniors
International students with proper work visas enrolled in US colleges may apply
Students must be willing to live in the Greater Boston area for the summer and find local housing (housing stipends are not provided)
Available on December 1, 2019
Application deadline is February 15, 2020
Rolling acceptance through March, 2020
Commitment deadline to Forest Foundation up to 2 weeks after acceptance
Availability for an in-person, telephone, or Skype interview with both Forest Foundation and host non-profit may be required
Writing samples from prospective interns may be required by the non-profit host agency
Host Agency placement matching process occurs February through May
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.
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 sets or academic path
We provide leadership development and mentorship through a series of professional development days and special projects throughout the summer
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, 2018. 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.