Internships at the Philanthropy Roundtable


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Washington, D.C.


Are you looking to make a significant difference in the world during your internship in Washington, D.C.? You may be attracted to the corridors of power and the levers of policy change. Politics and policy are important, but American civil society is much richer than those alone. America’s free society depends in part on the $300 billion that Americans give annually to charitable causes.


Did you know that Americans give more than $410 billion annually to charitable causes? These sums go to improving our schools and universities, helping the unemployed find and keep jobs, providing basic services to those who cannot help themselves, creating great works of art and culture, protecting the world from the ravages of disease, and protecting America's free enterprise system.

If you are excited by the challenge of invigorating our civil society, we invite you to apply to The Philanthropy Roundtable. The Roundtable is America's leading network of charitable donors working to strengthen our free society, uphold donor intent, and protect the freedom to give. We work with donors to help them achieve excellence in their giving, identify and achieve their charitable purposes, and connect them with other donors who share their interests and aspirations.

At The Philanthropy Roundtable, you will have the opportunity to assist some of America’s most creative, innovative, and effective philanthropists. Depending on the program you choose, you will contribute to sector-leading publications, assist with top-notch meetings, conduct research on donors and the philanthropic sector, or help our issue-specific team leaders in their service to donors.

The Philanthropy Roundtable seeks interns for the following programs:

  • Publications: Editorial interns work on the Roundtable’s sector-leading publications, including Philanthropy magazine,, guidebooks, and the groundbreaking Almanac of American Philanthropy.
  • K-12 Education: The Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 Education program is the nation’s leading provider of events and resources for donors interested in dramatically boosting the performance of America’s students and schools. This program includes America’s most innovative K-12 donors, as well as K-12 education’s most successful programs (including Teach For America, KIPP, New Leaders for New Schools, and The New Teacher Project). Occasional travel may be required.
  • Communications/Public Policy: The Roundtable’s public-policy arm, the Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) protects the freedom to give and advocates for donors’ interests in Washington and in state capitals. It is also the program most active in external relations and communications for the Roundtable. Interns assist the ACR team with research, public outreach, social media and website management, media relations, event planning, and other tasks related to strengthening philanthropic freedom.

Fall Semester: September – December, deadline to apply June 1
Spring Semester: January – May, deadline to apply October 1
Summer Semester: May – August, deadline to apply March 1

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

The Philanthropy Roundtable seeks the following characteristics in its interns:

  • Understand and support The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission and vision.
  • Strong research and writing talents.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A high level of discretion and a temperament suited to working with leaders in the business and philanthropic communities.
  • The capacity to handle multiple research, writing, administrative, and computer projects simultaneously with great attention to detail.
  • Highest standards of professional integrity.
  • College sophomore standing and up, as well as recent graduates.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

In addition to the satisfaction of supporting an outstanding mission, interns at The Philanthropy Roundtable receive the following benefits:

  • Flexible, part-time schedule of approximately 25 hours per week
  • Stipend of approximately $1,000 per month ($10 per hour), and a $90 per month transit benefit.
  • Collegial, friendly, and Metro-accessible office environment in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • Luncheon series featuring speakers from the Roundtable and leaders in the public policy and philanthropic communities.
  • Opportunities to network with leading philanthropists and nonprofit sector leaders.
  • Opportunities to interview for full-time positions at the Roundtable (numerous staff members began their Roundtable careers as interns).
  • College credit as applicable.
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