IT Intern

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 27 April 2018
Posted on 10 April 2018

Job Description

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund’ Information-Technology Internship provides practical training in enterprise IT and knowledge management for philanthropic organizations. The internship offers an opportunity to become an integral member of an operations team supporting programmatic and grantmaking activities in human rights and social justice. Wellspring Philanthropic Fund will provide opportunities for learning and exposure to the operations side of philanthropy.

The intern will work directly with the IT team in a variety of IT and knowledge management–related activities, including hardware configuration and support, data governance, cloud-implementation projects, staff training and project management. Also, the intern will participate in weekly meetings and attend events where he or she can build networking skills, learn about new technologies and report back on recommended solutions. This is a full-time position (35-40 hours per week) based in our DC office.


  • Ambitious student pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in, engineering, information systems, computer science, mathematics, arts & sciences, or communications,
  • Previous volunteer or work experience in nonprofit or philanthropic sector preferred,
  • Able to operate effectively within a globally dispersed, complex and highly collaborative organization,
  • Basic knowledge of modern computer-networking technologies,
  • Basic understanding of Windows, Office, iOS and cloud technologies,
  • Excellent problem-solving skills,
  • Training or teaching experience is a plus,
  • Able to research a range of topics and synthesize information concisely in a written report,
  • Displays initiative and resourcefulness when addressing users’ issues,
  • Able to communicate technical information to nontechnical audience thoughtfully and effectively,
  • Able to handle confidential client information with complete discretion.
  • Applications should demonstrate strong research and writing talents, excellent communication skills and the ability to independently undertake various research, writing and administrative projects.


  • Be open to and enthusiastic about a wide range of projects,
  • Help deploy new desktop, laptop and mobile devices,
  • Carry out research projects as agreed with IT team,
  • Perform administrative tasks as requested [e.g., updating inventory, organizing and updating technology hub on intranet, creating service-oriented architecture (SOA), recycling hardware],
  • Present ideas for improving and streamlining IT processes,
  • Create and update resources on technology for staff and IT team,
  • Be ok with lifting of computer equipment 30 lbs or less throughout the DC office expansion project (listed below) and
  • Help develop and update IT architecture documents and standard operating procedures,

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. As needed from time to time, the intern may be required to perform duties outside of his or her normal responsibilities.

End of Internship Presentation:

  • At the end of this internship, Wellspring will host an all staff meeting that will be led by the Summer interns. During this meeting interns will be expected to present their internship experience to Wellspring staff.


  • Learn firsthand how an IT department in a philanthropic organization functions,
  • Collaborate effectively in a team focused environment,
  • Work with industry leading security and cloud software solutions,
  • Learn best practices for enterprise content management,
  • Acquire deeper understanding of the role philanthropic organizations play in promoting and advancing social justice and human rights,
  • Strengthen personal and professional skills in an exciting work environment,
  • Learn about best practices by attending webinars and online trainings,
  • Take the next step toward a successful and meaningful career.

Additional Benefits

  • Hourly position ($15/hour);
  • Flexible time schedule;
  • Weekly lunch series featuring Wellspring staff and expert outside speakers;
  • Opportunities to network with leading foundation staff through meetings, affinity group conferences, and events with other interns.

How to Apply:

Send an e-mail to with “IT Intern” in the subject line, and attach the following documents:

  • A cover letter with a brief personal statement, and an outline of career goals and interests.
  • A resume listing relevant courses, previous experience and special skills,

Complete applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline, Friday, April 27th, 2018.

Internship runs from May 28th – August 15th, 2018 (flexible).

Resumes will not be considered without a supporting cover letter.

No phone calls, please

About the Organization

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Wellspring has offices in New York, NY, and Washington, DC.

Wellspring’s work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:

  • Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends.
  • The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected.
  • Social justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance.
  • As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments.

As a private foundation, Wellspring’s key functions are to conduct research and education tailored to our mission; manage a grantmaking portfolio of various programs, administer grants and monitoring grantee performance; and work to promote the effectiveness of programs that receive donor funding.

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund hires, promotes and retains employees based on their professional qualifications, demonstrated abilities and work performance, as well as on the degree to which these qualities are required in the employment positions made available by the Foundation’s service needs and business requirements. Wellspring welcomes candidates with diverse experience backgrounds and strongly encourages people of color and persons with disabilities to apply.

All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law (each a “protected characteristic”). This policy also bans discriminatory harassment. Qualified candidates for employment having records of arrest or criminal conviction will be considered

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