Title: Philanthropy Intern

Dates: Academic Year, Summer

Schedule: 10hrs/week during the Academic Year; up to 20hrs/week over Summer

Supervisor: Director of Advancement

Internship Overview:

The Mind & Life Institute operates as a nonprofit organization thanks to the charitable contributions of individuals, foundations and sponsors.  Charitable contributions are the source of more than 90% of Mind & Life’s budget.  The Philanthropy Intern would work with the Director of Advancement and the Advancement Team who are responsible for donor research, identification & cultivation, securing major gifts, corporate and foundation grants individual giving, and planned giving. Interns may earn a stipend for their service.

Important/Critical Activities:

  • Researching and writing proposals for grant applications
  • Conducting in-depth research about grant applications and organizations
  • Developing and maintaining a database with all the information corresponding to grant organizations and deadlines.

Professional Development:

Philanthropy interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience in many areas of philanthropic giving with real world applications and practice.
  • Advance writing and communication skills.
  • Gain experience working in a nonprofit setting and as a member of a team.
  • Form professional connections and learn from the dynamic Mind & Life staff and its global community of scholars, scientists and contemplatives.
  • Explore contemplative practice for personal and professional development.


  • Technical proficiency using Mac OS, Google Apps, and Excel
  • Professional communication and conduct appropriate to emailing and speaking directly with donors
  • Close attention to detail and quality of large datasets
  • Desire to gain experience in nonprofit philanthropy
  • Preferred: Basic understanding of relational database design and functionality
  • Preferred: Some experience in administrative role

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Please submit your cover letter and resume to internships@mindandlife.org using the subject line “Philanthropy Internship”. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for academic year and summer placements.