We seek college students who are intellectually curious and passionate about our mission. Specifically, we seek interns who want to partner with us to eliminate barriers so that every person – regardless of their background – can take risks, achieve success and give back to their communities.
We know that diverse teams are high-performing teams; therefore, we seek college students with different perspectives and life experiences.
How to apply in two simple steps:
Only those applicants who complete all information will be considered (you will not be judged on the quality of your video).
Step 1. Complete this quick questionnaire where you can also attach a cover letter and resume at the end.
Step 2. Provide a 1-minute video that answers the following three questions:
The following are the 2018 internships:
Project Title: Event coordination
The Conference Center is a key city asset owned and operated by the Kauffman Foundation. Our Conference Center is open to 501c3 organizations, as well as local and state government organizations. We work with meeting planners from organizations helping plan their events at our venue. We also work with internal clients from the Kauffman Foundation and Kauffman Scholars.
Responsibilities are focused on coordinating events in the Conference Center and include: learning our scheduling tool, assisting in the set-up of events, running reports for meetings, taking payment and providing daily service to our customers – checking in with them, helping them with any outstanding needs and living up to our Credo. One project will include reorganizing the conference center drive.
Project Title: Education research (two interns to be hired in this area)
Conduct a landscape analsysis of community education programs; design and facilitate focus groups to understand the future of learning; and conduct research on a range of topics that may include strategies used by philanthropy to increase community awareness and engagement and/or early education.
Project Title: 1 Million Cups (1MC) and Kauffman FastTrac research and program development
Assist with the development of the next generations and expansion of the Kauffman Foundation 1MC program and Kauffman FastTrac.
Responsibilities include researching new 1MC pilot cities, analyzing what’s working and what isn’t in current cities, and helping to create tools and resources for 1MC organizers across the country. Additional responsibilities include supporting the day-to-day activities such as social media, website and application testing; and assisting with the targeted growth campaign for the Kauffman FastTrac online program.
Project Title: Entrepreneurship communities landscape analysis and program design
(two interns to be hired in this area)
Assist with the landscape study and program design for the ESHIP Communities programs.
Responsibilities include interviews and research to better understand tools, programs and data regarding vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems; landscape study to support the Kauffman Ecosystem Builders Playbook; research to support department goals, objectives and strategies; and logistics and coordination support for the implementation and kickoff of the ESHIP Communities events.
Project Title: Entrepreneurship Summit project management and event coordination
Assist with the Foundation’s ESHIP Summit, which will take place in July 2018.
Responsibilities include project management, onsite event assistance, event debrief and developing recommendations for future Summits.
Project Title: Entrepreneurship Market Gaps RFP (two interns to be hired in this area)
Support the development, launch and grant review process for the Kauffman Foundation 2018 Inclusion Open RFP process.
Responsibilities include research/landscape analysis, project management, and supporting the grantee interview and selection process as well as supporting a convening of grantees (event coordination/logistics).
Project Title: Entrepreneurship research
Assist on specific research, including literature reviews, review of research methodologies and compiling work in new fields of research related to entrepreneurship.
Project Title: Entrepreneurship research with a focus on data
Assist with data-related initiatives, including conducting research on data infrastructure, data sources and opportunities to build out data initiatives in the broader strategy.
Responsibilities include assistance with the Kauffman Index work and methodological review for new initiatives and grant proposals.
Project Title: Entrepreneurship research with a focus on Entrepreneurship Education
Assist with general research regarding topics including: current trends around entrepreneurship content in secondary and higher education, new and innovative models of entrepreneurship education, and curricular trends in teaching entrepreneurship.
Responsibilities include creating a contact list of leaders and practitioners in entrepreneurship education in Kansas City and assisting with the development of a rubric for evaluating entrepreneurship education programs.
Project Title: Entrepreneurship special projects
Assist the Entrepreneurship Chief of Staff/Director of Entrepreneurial Communities in special projects related to overall department strategy and execution. May include projects to support operations, budgeting and process refinement.
Project Title: Nonprofit capacity
This internship sits at the intersect of evaluation and the Kansas City Civic strategies and focuses on identifying tools and approaches for measuring nonprofit capacity specifically in the areas of program delivery, staffing and sustainability.
Responsibilities include conducting a literature review on best practices for defining and measuring nonprofit capacity, identifying instruments and approaches for measuring nonprofit capacity and creating a set of recommendations on how best to measure nonprofit capacity.
Project Title: Investment research and review
Assist the Investment team with projects related to the $2.3B multi-manager portfolio. The portfolio is invested across a wide range of asset categories including public equity, private equity, hedge funds, energy partnerships and real estate partnerships.
Examples of projects may include: a review of a historical market event including key takeaways that could help us better understand and navigate the current market environment; a study of a current investment manager (this would include a review of the team, investment philosophy and process as well as a review of the portfolio to assess whether it aligned with the stated philosophy); an analysis of a prospective investment manager, including a review of the strength of the organization, team, investment philosophy, process and performance; data collection and analysis on the holdings of our private equity managers.
Project Title: Social media
Create content for social media packages, help implement a social media influencer strategy, assist with editorial needs, including storytelling about the grantees and others impacted by the Foundation’s work.
Project Title: Project management, writing and editing focused on New Entrepreneurial Learning (NEL)
This internship sits at the intersect of Public Affairs and the Entrepreneurship strategies and focuses on writing/project management to engage audiences in content and events that advance NEL.
Responsibilities include writing and editing for cross-channel branded content, including newsletters, e-mail campaigns, landing pages, blog posts and social media; supporting event and workshop communications; trafficking external requests for interviews; and managing projects, including meeting notes and timelines.
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