The Pittsburgh Foundation

Center for Philanthropy Special Projects Intern Reports to: Director, Center for Philanthropy

Position Status:  Temporary, Full-time, Non-Exempt
Start date/End Date:  June 5 through Sept. 1, 2017

Position Summary

The Special Projects Intern will primarily support the work of the Center for Philanthropy, an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation that offers donors expertise in grantmaking and nonprofit management, personalized education sessions for donors and advisors and guidance on multi-generational giving. The Special Projects Intern will assist with special initiatives of the Center, such as giving circles, research proposals and data analysis. The Intern will also be prepare materials and coordinate logistics for meetings with donors and other key stakeholders and special projects, as they arise. The internship will last three months, from June - August at 30-40 hours per week. This position has the potential to continue through the fall semester on a part-time basis and beyond depending on the individual’s performance and satisfaction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and assist in the preparation of research in a particular focus area for donors, staff or other stakeholders.
  • Prepare APR (Annual Philanthropic Review) documents for annual meetings between donor services officers and donors.
  • Prepare documents, PowerPoint presentations and other necessary materials as requested for meetings with donors and other key stakeholders.
  • Assist with planning and logistics for meetings and events with internal staff, donors, and the public.
  • Format documents, presentations and other copy as requested.
  • Cull articles of interest on philanthropic topics and trends.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A  Bachelor’s degree.
  • Working towards obtaining a Master’s degree in the fields of Management, Public Policy, Social Work, Communications or other related fields.  
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • A strong, demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in foundation work.
  • Attention to detail and quality of final work product.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign is a plus.

Please submit your resume with a 1-page cover letter detailing your interest in this position and why you believe you could be a good fit to

No phone calls please.


About The Foundation

Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States. As a community foundation, our resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has approximately 2,000 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of more than $1.14 billion. Grantmaking from the funds benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond with more than 2,000 grantees receiving funding annually. The Foundation typically awards grants of more than $40 million each year. Grantmaking from the Foundation’s discretionary funds leverages a broad range of resources and enables the Foundation to be an important change agent for the region. Approximately 85 percent of all grant-making dollars stay within the Pittsburgh region.