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 grantmaking dollars stay within the Pittsburgh region.

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 prepare materials and coordinate logistics for meetings and events with donors and other key stakeholders and special projects, as they arise. The expectation is that through the work with the Center, the intern will gain basic knowledge of the community grantmaking and how it connects to the role of the donor as well as a working knowledge of the foundation field. The internship will last four months, from September 9th to December 19th at 20 hours per week. This position has the potential to continue through the spring semester on a part-time basis and beyond depending on the individual’s performance and satisfaction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the director and the senior manager of the Center for Philanthropy with the management of Center for Philanthropy projects including but not limited to: donor education events, the New Philanthropic Leaders fund and nonprofit inquiries.
  • 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 in presentations as needed and 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