Racial Equity Summer Internship

  • Location

    Friends Center - 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Category


Welcomes returning citizens

Internship Description

We are seeking a motivated Racial Equity Intern on behalf of The Presser Foundation who is ready to apply knowledge and processes in a real-world environment. The Intern will support the Executive Director, Teresa Rodgers, and the Trustees of the Foundation in aligning our individual, grantmaking, and the Centering Racial Equity working group’s work plans. The internship will provide our Racial Equity Intern with opportunities to develop a broad understanding of the Foundation’s efforts to center racial equity in all of our work and how such efforts might be used to help our grantees and strategic partners to become more equitable, inclusive and impactful.

The Intern will assist in writing a report, conducting research, analyzing data, and making recommendations to assist efforts to center racial equity in all that we do. This will be a valuable experience for any student pursuing a career in philanthropy, music, and/or social justice and anti-racism.

Internship Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data across grantee organizations and strategic partners;
  • Creating organizational assessment tools designed to evaluate the Foundation’s progress on centering racial equity
  • Developing organizational change management skills centered in principles of racial equity
  • Creating and implementing learning and professional development.
  • Assisting in creating a report
  • Helping launch new initiatives
  • May perform additional projects upon request


  • Related undergraduate (rising Junior or Senior) or graduate major preferred
  • Commitment of 20 hours per week May – July
  • Highly organized
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Exhibits solid judgment
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Able to work independently and as a team
  • Able to handle multiple tasks
  • Self-starter
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of history of race relations within the U.S. preferred.


  • Practical experience
  • Shadowing, mentoring, and training opportunities with experienced and accomplished business professionals
  • Opportunity to attend business meetings and networking events
  • Flexible schedule for students
  • Hourly compensation


  • The Presser Foundation has office space at Friends Center at 1501 Cherry Street in Philadelphia.
  • Due to the collaborative nature of the internship, it is expected that at least 50% of the Intern’s time will be spent in the office.

About Us

harp-weaver offers high touch philanthropy services for individuals, families, and other private funders.

For over 10 years, harp-weaver has been privileged to work with clients who are thoughtful, challenging, engaging and committed to their unique missions.  Though they range in size and structure, focus and intention, we are humbled by what unites them all – their drive and determination for their charitable giving to have an impact.  We consider ourselves fortunate to be the catalyst that drives their collaboration and giving.

harp-weaver provides the management and administration of The Presser Foundation. The Presser Foundation was formally established in 1939 under various deeds of trust of the late Theodore Presser.  In the charter of incorporation, the Foundation’s purposes are set forth to promote primarily the cause of musical education and musical philanthropy. While the Foundation’s approaches to accomplishing its mission have evolved, it has provided much needed funding to further the cause of music both nationally and locally in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Apply for this job

Send cover letter and resume to Teresa Rodgers at TRodgers@presserfoundation.org with “Racial Equity Intern” in the subject line no later than March 15, 2021.

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