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:  May 28 through Aug. 31, 2018

Position Summary

The Special Projects Intern will primarily support the work of the Center for Philanthropy, a special initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation that seeks to connect donors to the causes they care about in the Pittsburgh region. The Center for Philanthropy offers philanthropic education programs, guidance on grantmaking and multi-generational giving expertise to donors. The Special Projects Intern will prepare materials and coordinate logistics for meetings, events and special projects with donors, nonprofits and other key stakeholders (see attached event sheet for 2017 event highlights).

The expectation is that working with the Center, the intern will gain knowledge of how a large grantmaking foundation operates, with an emphasis on the role of the donor. They will also gain expertise in the foundation field at large. The internship will last three months, from May 28th to August 31st at 30-40 hours per week. This position has the potential to continue through the fall semester and beyond on a part-time basis depending on the individual’s performance and satisfaction. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the management of Center for Philanthropy projects, examples of past projects: managing communications with nonprofit community for Critical Needs Alert online giving day; preparing materials and manage project plan for the Explore Series, donor education events on specific issues; assisting team with disaster management grantmaking initiatives; preparing materials and managing logistics for giving circles, five month collective giving programs for 15-20 donors.
  • Manage the CFP library, a repository of 300 one-sheets on nonprofit organizations in the community, working with staff to create an SOP (standard operating procedure) for adding new organizations to the library and updating existing documents.
  • 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. Facilitate communications with stakeholders (nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, community groups) as assigned.
  • Present research and make recommendations to TPF staff regarding internal processes and projects.
  • Assist with planning and logistics for meetings and events with internal staff, donors, and the public. Speaking roles as assigned.
  • Format documents, presentations and other copy as requested.
  • Cull articles of interest on philanthropic topics and trends.
  • Conduct research with national peer foundations. 

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 Jobs [at]

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 over $1 billion. Grantmaking from the funds benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond with over 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% of all grant-making dollars stay within the Pittsburgh region.