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2022 Summer Internship Program


About the Internship Program

The Kauffman Foundation Internship Program will engage 10-15 postsecondary students in a paid summer internship experience with three components: meaningful project work, civic engagement, and professional development. These opportunities are open to all students who are post-high school and currently completing credentials, certificates, undergraduate and/or graduate programs. We seek students with diverse perspectives and life experiences.

We seek college students who are intellectually curious and passionate about our mission. Specifically, we seek interns who want to partner with us to break down systemic barriers so that all people – regardless of race, gender, or geography – have the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity.

Compensation for interns will be based on the most recent year of education completed as follows:

  • High school graduate, with two years or less post-high school education (ex: first year of earning a credential/certificate; college freshman or sophomore): $18 per hour.
  • Two or more years of postsecondary in credential, certificate, college, or other program: $21 per hour.
  • Graduate student: $25 per hour.

Eligibility Requirements

Program eligibility:

  • Available for full-time, paid work June 6-July 29, 2022, interns will need to reside within the states of Missouri or Kansas during the term of the internship and will participate in the Foundation’s hybrid work schedule, working on-site at Foundation offices in Kansas City, MO, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and working at the office or remotely on Mondays and Fridays, unless otherwise noted in a specific internship description.
  • Must be currently enrolled in post-high school education – certificate, credential, undergraduate, and/or graduate programs. If the candidate has graduated (or is graduating at the end of spring term 2022) and is not planning to take further courses/studies, they are ineligible as they will no longer be a student.
  • Committed to completing substantive projects as described in the job descriptions.
  • Committed to professional development, network development, and civic engagement experiences offered through the Kauffman Internship Program.
  • Note: The Foundation is currently exploring a COVID vaccine requirement and if that moves forward, it will apply to interns as well. More information will be shared about this requirement as soon as possible.

We look for the following in intern candidates:

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission, CREDO, and racial equity, diversity, and inclusion statement, and a desire to embrace and advance the values described in these statements.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking.
  • Ability to collaborate with associates and community members.
  • Communication skills, including verbal and written communications abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and report on progress at regular intervals.
  • Organization, including the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, and the ability to meet or exceed deadlines.
  • Strong computer literacy skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
  • Thoughtful listener with a willingness to seek and consider multiple perspectives and possible solutions, as well as a creative problem solver.

Applications are due January 28, 2022.

How to apply: Click on the position you’re interested in below to learn more about the position, responsibilities, and qualifications, and follow the instructions to apply. Please note that both a resume and cover letter are required.

Available Positions by Department

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Conference Center

Conference Center and Meeting Planner Intern

Positions available: 1

The Conference Center and Meeting Planner Intern will schedule meetings in the Conference Center’s scheduling software, work with clients to plan meetings, assist in the set-up of events, run reports for meetings, accept payment, learn about and help set up basic AV for meetings, and provide excellent customer service to clients and guests.


Kauffman Education Fellowship Advocacy and Research Intern

Positions available: 2

The Kauffman Education Fellowship Advocacy and Research Intern will focus on developing a data repository of information related to school board governance and elected members across the six-county, two-state Kansas City region, as well as contribute to the gathering of information via survey, one-on-one meetings, and focus groups to inform our work.


Operational Excellence Intern

Positions available: 3

The Operational Excellence Intern will be a part of the Operations team and will support the ongoing initiatives and activities regarding the implementation and documentation of best practices, process improvements, and procedures across the Entrepreneurship department.


Investments Intern

Positions available: 1

The Investment Intern will assist the Investments team in managing the $3 billion portfolio, invested primarily with public equity managers, private equity (buyout and venture capital) managers, and hedge fund managers, and will be responsible for conducting a research project helping to answer a question selected by the intern and supervisor.

Finance & Grants Administration

Finance Operations Intern

Positions available: 1

The Finance Operations Intern will focus on specific projects related to the core functions in the finance and grants area, including documenting finance processes and system workflows, gathering schedules for the Foundation’s tax return, and gathering and analyzing budget information in support of the annual budget process, as well as other projects related to expense and budget management.

Public Affairs

Content Coordination Intern

Positions available: 1

The Content Coordination Intern will assist with the execution of content planning, production, and distribution, as well as the subsequent evaluation of the effectiveness of that content to engage audiences and meet Public Affairs goals.

Strategic Communications Intern

Positions available: 1

The Strategic Communications Intern works with the Public Affairs and Entrepreneurship departments on communications support that furthers the Foundation’s entrepreneur-led economic development strategy and will be engaged in all parts of the communications process, from brainstorming and creation to review and analysis.


Security & Data Analyst Intern

Positions available: 1

The Security & Data Analyst Intern will be responsible for assisting in steps 5-7 of the seven-step process built into the NIST cybersecurity framework in order to enable the Foundation improve its cybersecurity program.