Internships

The Healing Trust offers two paid internship opportunities for graduate students who are interested in learning more about philanthropy.  Internships are available for two semesters and provide a behind the scenes look into the art of grantmaking.

Policy and Advocacy Grantmaking
Internship

Public policy affects nearly everything we, and our grantee partners, try to do to deliver compassionate, holistic care to vulnerable populations. This realization led us to support health care advocacy and to create an internship for students who want to learn more about its impact. This intern will have the opportunity to go beyond the surface of grant making to learn about The Healing Trust’s programs and to observe and/or participate in its grantmaking process from start to finish. Additionally, this intern will be involved on a deeper level with the advocacy portion of the Trust’s grantmaking portfolio and will be involved with understanding and evaluating the advocacy grant process. This internship is well-suited for students interested in macro-level public policy or systems-change advocacy.

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Grantmaking/Programmatic Internship
(for students of color)

Three out of 4 full-time employees at foundations are White and 90% of CEOs at foundations are White*. In response to this, The Healing Trust has created an internship opportunity, specifically for students of color, to increase the racial diversity in philanthropy in Middle Tennessee. This intern will have the opportunity to learn about The Healing Trust’s programs and to observe and/or participate in its grant making process from start to finish. Additionally, this intern will write and evaluate grant proposals focused on improving the health of Middle Tennesseans and dive deep into The Healing Trust’s efforts to support nonprofit staff through various programs. This intern will also have the opportunity to explore the ways that grantmaking foundations utilize communication strategies to support their missions.

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Interns must be enrolled in a graduate program for the entirety of these internships. Internships will last from August 2017 to May 2018.

*https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Who-Works-at-Foundations-a/229283