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2021 Internships


The Kauffman Foundation internship program will engage a diverse group of 10–15 college students (undergraduate and graduate level) in a paid summer internship experience with three components: meaningful project work, civic engagement, and professional development.

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 be prepared for success in their jobs and careers, as employees or entrepreneurs.

We know that diverse teams are high-performing teams; therefore, we seek college students with different perspectives and life experiences.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Available for full-time, paid work June 7-July 30. In 2020, our internship program was virtual. As of late 2020, Kauffman associates are still largely working remotely. As such, we are planning for a virtual internship experience for 2021, but will design the program to shift to hybrid and/or in-person, should the Foundation deem either of these options feasible. Since we are currently planning for virtual work, any intern accepted to the program this year would have the option to work virtually, even in the event that we are able to welcome interns to the office in person.  
  • Currently enrolled in college courses, undergraduate or graduate level. If the candidate has graduated (or is graduating at the end of spring term 2021) and is not planning to take any more courses, they are not eligible as they will no longer be a student.
  • Committed to completing substantive projects in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Education, and Kansas City Civic.
  • Committed to professional development, network development, and civic engagement experiences offered through the Kauffman internship program.

How to apply in two simple steps:

Step 1: Click on the position you’re interested in below and follow the instructions to apply.

Step 2: Provide a 1-minute video (saved as lastname_firstname) that answers the following three questions:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you care about?
  • Why are you interested in an internship at the Kauffman Foundation?

Only those applicants who complete all information will be considered (you will not be judged on the quality of your video). Deadline to apply is January 29, 2021.

Conference Center | Events

Project Title: Event Coordination

The Event Coordination intern will support the daily experiences and teachings of event planning, as well as complete a specific project for the length of the internship.

Entrepreneurship | 1MC and FastTrac

Project Title: 1 Million Cups (1MC) and Kauffman FastTrac Program Development

The 1MC and FastTrac Program Development intern will assist with the landscape review and development of the next generations of the Kauffman Foundation 1MC program and Kauffman FastTrac.

Entrepreneurship | Ecosystems

Project Title: Ecosystems Strategy

The Ecosystems Strategy intern will support the Ecosystems team in conducting review and assessment of program data, landscape analysis, literature review, and other tasks to further the Ecosystems grantmaking strategy.

Entrepreneurship | Entrepreneur Support Organizations

Project Title: Heartland Strategy, Entrepreneur Support Organizations

The Heartland Strategy, Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESO) intern will support the ESO team in conducting research and analysis to further the Heartland Strategy (the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy which funds ESOs in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa).

Entrepreneurship | Heartland Strategy

Project Title: Heartland Strategy, Sponsorships & Central Standards

The Heartland Strategy, Sponsorships & Central Standards intern will support the Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESO) team in conducting research and analysis to further the Heartland Strategy (the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy which funds entrepreneurship support organizations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa).

Entrepreneurship | Research

Project Title: Data Analysis and Narration

The Data Analysis and Narration intern will assist with data-related research projects by collecting, aggregating, and cleaning data, conducting data analyses, summarizing descriptive statistics, and drafting and editing data briefs.

Entrepreneurship | Research

Project Title: Problem-Based Grantmaking

The Problem-Based Grantmaking intern will assist with landscape analysis of emerging and promising diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in higher education, as well as assist with compiling literature reviews and short summaries of DEI benchmarking tools used by grantmaking agencies.

Entrepreneurship | Research

Project Title: Research Translation

The Research Translation intern will assist with the translational research agenda, which aims to make research accessible to policymakers and practitioners, to create feedback loops between research and practice, as well as assist with literature reviews, survey analysis, review of research methodologies, and preparation of reports about entrepreneurship.

KC Civic | Beyond School

Project Title: Research, After-school Programs

The Kansas City Civic intern will spend the internship researching the impact of COVID-19 on after-school programs from both local and national perspectives and will produce a final report with findings and recommendations.

Public Affairs | Education

Project Title: Education Student Voice Content Planning

The Education Student Voice Content Planning intern will work closely with the Director of Engagement-Education and the Public Affairs editorial team in producing content generated from and/or elevating student voice from across the Kansas City metro region.

Public Affairs | Entrepreneurship

Project Title: Entrepreneurship Writing and Content Planning

The Entrepreneurship Writing and Content Planning intern will focus on planning, writing, and strategizing to engage audiences in content and events that advance the work of the Entrepreneurship team. This internship sits at the intersection of Public Affairs and Entrepreneurship strategies and focuses on creating content to support programmatic work throughout the Entrepreneurship department.

Technology | Data & Security Analyst

Project Title: Data & Security Analyst

The Technology intern will work within a small team to develop a strategy to gain better insight into security and data metrics that will be essential to understanding where the Kauffman Foundation is as an organization today, while also helping to show improvements and success across the organization.