The Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program: Funded Internships for Sophomores and Juniors

Does the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program sound familiar? Maybe you heard about it from a friend or a professor? The Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program is a funding opportunity for sophomores and juniors who secure an unpaid nonprofit internship. 

For many students, there is a real challenge in balancing a desire to work at a social impact organization with the need to earn money during an internship. By providing a living allowance stipend, the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program aims to open more students to the possibility of meaningful internship experiences that would otherwise be out of reach. 

In addition, the program has an educational framework that strengthens the experience through a series of components that help students plan for, engage in, and reflect upon their internships.

As a dietetics major passionate about sustainable farming practices and food equality, Madelyn Erbey felt particularly drawn to CitySprouts and its mission of cultivating children’s curiosity about the natural world through urban gardening. She believes that “nutrition is the foundation to health and can resolve or treat states of chronic disease, so the ability to promote organic eating practices in young children would be a step toward my ultimate goal of educating individuals about the role nutrition plays in their overall well-being.”

Internships must be with organizations whose mission is aligned with the Yawkey Foundation’s six areas of giving: health care, education, human services, youth, and amateur athletics, arts and culture, and conservation and wildlife. There are several internship funding opportunities at BU, the Yawkey Program is unique in that it provides stipends for students in the fall, spring, and summer. 

While many of us have only seen the idyllic depths of the ocean through movies and television, William Kim spent much of his summer internship experiencing it up close. William held dual roles with Hawaii Marine Animal Response. As an intern, he was involved in field support outreach and marine debris collection. This meant that he could be found freediving for debris, conducting field surveys of certain species, or educating the public on the importance of maintaining the health of our marine life.

Whether it be Cambridge, Hawaii, virtual, or elsewhere around the globe, the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program is set up to help students make the most of their internship experience.

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