Internship Spotlight: Nonprofit Sector

With a variety of sites and issue areas, students participating in the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service are able to gain valuable experience with some of Washington, DC’s most exciting nonprofit organizations.  Here we feature two organizations that have provided excellent internship opportunities for past IPVS participants.

KaBOOM! was founded in 1995 with the vision of providing a safe play space within walking distance of every child.  All of KaBOOM’s playground project use a unique and effective “community build” model in which the local community is involved in the building of the play space.  So far, KaBOOM has created over 1900 playgrounds, which has provided a safe place for an estimated 3.5 million children.

IPVS interns have had the opportunity to do a variety of tasks while interning with KaBOOM, including researching potential build sites and working with partnering organizations.

When asked about her time with KaBOOM, past intern Hannah Picasso-Hobin of University of Rochester said, “KaBOOM is an incredible, positive organization that is able to leverage community support to make an amazing impact.”  With such positive student experiences, we are thrilled to have students work with KaBOOM each summer!

Kristi Lenderman, IPVS 2010

Bread for the City is dedicated to alleviating poverty in Washington, DC. Bread for the City provides a comprehensive list of free services including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services. Founded with the purpose of treating every client with dignity and respect, Bread for the City continues to be one of Washington, DC’s leading social services providers.

With its strong history in serving DC and varied opportunities for students’ professional development, Bread for the City is a great organization for any student looking to get started in the nonprofit sector.  Our past interns have been able to work in areas such as development and fundraising, volunteer coordinating, in addition to working directly with the organization’s clients.

Melissa Arsenie of Gettysburg College interned with Bread for the City in 2009 and had this to say of her experience, “It was an amazing experience working with Bread for the City because I got to be involved in the process of making actual change.”

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service works with a wide assortment of organizations each summer.  A few additional examples of past IPVS internship sites include:

  • Latin American Youth Center
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Best Buddies International
  • Student Conservation Association

For information on other organizations that have hosted IPVS interns in the past, please visit our website

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