Communications Intern

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Posted: 11/5/2019

Position Type: Part-Time (Paid)

Function: Marketing/Communications

Primary domain: Other

City: New York City

Postal code: 10018

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

About Wellspring PhilanthropiFund

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is a private grantmaking foundation with offices in New York, NY and Washington, DC. Wellspring is dedicated to advancing the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Our 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 believes we are strengthened by the diversity of our staff, and welcomes such diversity including race, gender identity or expression, educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and personal experience with the criminal justice system.  We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we strongly encourage people of color and persons with disabilities to apply. We actively cultivate an institutional culture that reflects the values of respect, equity and inclusion that we seek through our work to amplify in the larger world.

Wellspring 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 Foundations service needs and business requirements.  All personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge, are made without discrimination based on any protected characteristic as defined by law (e.g., race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, domestic partner status, veteran or military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, and prior criminal convictions, as well as educational attainment.

Position Details:

Job Description:

Job Summary

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund (WPF) seeks a communications intern to assist with various tasks and projects related to internal and external communications. The Communications Intern will report to and work under the direction of, and in close collaboration with, the Director of Communications.

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund Internship Program is intended to provide significant practical training and experience in the areas of philanthropy, social justice and human rights. 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.

Communications at Wellspring

WPF’s newly established communications department is responsible for setting the strategy and direction for all internal and external communications that support the executive leadership and grantmaking program staff This is an opportunity to be involved with helping to develop a communications unit.  Communications work includes, but is not limited to, drafting program grantee and donor communications materials (e.g., newsletters, emails, etc.), developing talking points and messaging, style guides and communications protocols, conducting message training, communications plans and monitoring social media.


Responsibilities for the communications intern may include the following:

     Help draft press materials and internal documents.

     Assist with planning and preparing talking points and presentation materials as needed.

     Support event logistics and planning.

     Monitor the internet and social media channels for positive an