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2018 The Heinz Endowments Youth Philanthropy Summer Internship Application
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The Heinz Endowments is a private family foundation committed to the development of solutions to challenges that are regional in nature but national in scope. Their work is organized around three focus areas:  Creativity, Learning and Sustainability, with a shared aspiration of creating a Just Pittsburgh where each and every one of our residents thrive. The Summer Youth Philanthropy Internship Program, which provides participants with an exciting, paid eight-week employment opportunity has been an important part of this effort. Interns, working in teams, will learn more about the assets and challenges facing specific Pittsburgh neighborhoods and will identify and support solutions that have the potential to positively alter the life trajectories of those neighborhoods’ residents. In turn, the Endowments has learned from this program by bringing the perspectives of community youth to their grantmaking.

This summer the internship will operate out of Sarah Heinz House, a youth-serving organization in Pittsburgh. To that end, Sarah Heinz House is seeking a diverse group of high school students graduating in 2018, who are likely to pursue higher education and who are motivated by service, current events and community affairs to work as paid summer interns. In past years, students have addressed concerns about urban development, education, violence, the environment and art. Applicants are encouraged to review information about past years' programs here:

The interns will work to develop and implement a youth philanthropy project, which will culminate in recommending grant awards to local nonprofits working to serve their communities. Interns will research issues affecting local neighborhoods, identify service priorities, develop funding guidelines, solicit requests for funding and recommend the organizations to be funded. They will receive an overview of the Endowments’ approach to philanthropy and areas of giving and learn about the important role nonprofit organizations play in improving society.


• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with culturally diverse people and the ability work
within a team
• Solid analytical skills and creative problem -solving skills
• Demonstrated time management and organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and public speaking
• Interest in Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, the issues facing its residents and the role nonprofits play in community

The program begins in mid-June and ends in early August, with specific dates determined by final school calendars and commencement ceremonies.

Work hours will be determined in the coming months, but interns can expect to work 30-35 hours per week, with more hours in the first three and last three weeks of the program.

Participants are expected to be punctual and to fully commit to the program. The internship will operate out of Sarah Heinz House and in the focus neighborhoods selected for the program.  Connect cards will be provided.

A detailed description of the application materials -- basic information; a resume or list of educational, extracurricular and leadership experiences; essay and letter of recommendation -- follows. To be considered, the entire package must be submitted by Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:59PM.

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Applicant Information
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First and Last Name *
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Mailing Address *
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Home Telephone Number *
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Mobile Number *
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Education and Experience
Please list the education, extracurricular, leadership and employment opportunities you've had, including dates and other pertinent information.

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Extracurricular Activities *
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Leadership Opportunities *
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Prior Employment *
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As you complete your senior year of high school, you have likely given thought to the issues facing our city and your community. In 500 words, please share with us a challenge facing our region about which you are most concerned:
• How has this challenge impacted you personally?
• What role do you hope to play in developing solutions?
• How would this internship support you in making a difference?
Please see prompt above.
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In addition to listing his/ her name, please ensure your recommender completes this form by April 18, 2018:
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A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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