Intern With Us

Are you looking to make a difference in your community?

At Stupski, we believe youth leaders play a vital role in creating social change in their communities. Since 2020, Stupski has had the opportunity to learn from local youth and young adult advocates to improve our grant-making strategies and deepen our work with community partners in the Bay Area and Hawaiʻi. Our internship program is for college-age youth and young adults who want to bring their ideas for social change to inform our work in food security, postsecondary success, early brain development, serious illness care, and grant-making operations. Are you interested in learning more about the internship program and applying to join our next cohort? 

About the Internship

The program is for college-age youth and young adults who are at least 18 year old and come from the communities where we work in Hawaiʻi and the San Francisco Bay Area. Interns will work part time (10-15 hours a week) with the foundation for eight months from October through May in a cohort of their peers. The internship is paid ($30/hour), and interns will work remotely with occasional in-person events and networking opportunities. Interns will work primarily with the youth leaders in their cohort and a staff advisor in their area of interest as well as with the broader Stupski Foundation team, grantee partners, and other nonprofit organizations. Throughout the internship, interns will support Stupski’s grant-making and goals. 

As part of Stupski’s goal to increase opportunities for youth of color to enter and influence the field of philanthropy, interns will participate in a professional development speaker series. The series is an opportunity for interns to learn, reflect, and build their network of professionals working in community-based and philanthropic organizations in the Bay Area and Hawai‘i.

The internship culminates in a capstone project that each intern will present at the end of the internship to the foundation, other funders, friends, and family. Stupski interns will have the ability to choose the type of project they work on with guidance from their advisor. Each project will serve as a lasting reminder and representation of each intern’s time in the internship as well as a part of their professional portfolio. 

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Stupski intern alumni

Hear from Alumni

Our intern alumni have made lasting impacts on our grant-making, from bringing us new strategies to introducing us to new partners and helping us select grants that will have the greatest impacts on their communities. As Malila Becton-Consuegra, our Bay Area postsecondary success program officer, shares, “Interns bring valuable perspectives from their schools, communities, and lived experiences that inform our work in profound ways. Their insights are making our philanthropy more responsive and relevant to community needs. I continue to see positive benefits come from the relationships that were made from the first cohort of interns.”

Check out examples of work our alumni did during their time at the foundation. 

Stacy authored a research report titled, “The Impact of Student Resource Officers and Police Presence on BIPOC Students: Implications for Foundations”

Stacy Lopez, University of California, Davis

Amara delivered a project titled: “Understanding the Holistic Needs of Undocumented People and What We Can Do to Support Their Liberation.”

Amara Santos Twitter Pic
Amara Santos, City College San Francisco

Alyssa analyzed the disparities in philanthropic funding for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities and ways funders can address inequities and advance solidarity.

Alyssa May Mamaclay
Alyssa Mae Mamaclay, Cal State East Bay

Ieshia investigated the unique challenges students of color encounter when seeking mental health services and highlighted the value of student-centered solutions.

Ieshia Jasmin Brown
Ieshia Brown, College of Alameda

Inekissi produced a video featuring voices of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students to offer funders solutions for changes that these students seek to improve postsecondary success in their communities.

Inekissi Howard
Inekissi Justice Howard, University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa

Jessica wrote an essay to education funders and institutions to advocate for greater investment in open spaces for youth to support their mental health.

Jessica Ramos
Jessica Ramos, UC Berkeley

Joshua researched school-based work-based learning (WBL) programs on Oʻahu and presented recommendations for funders to address disparities for students who lack access to WBL opportunities.

Joshua Dumas
Joshua Evan Yasay Dumas, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Josue produced a video project featuring the voices of DREAMERS, students who are undocumented, to illuminate ways education funders should engage with and support these students.

Josue Hernandez
Josue Hernandez, San Francisco State University


Applications are closed for our 2023-2024 internship cohort. Our next application period will open in the summer of 2024 for our 2024-2025 internship cohort.

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Interns can focus their work in either the Bay Area or Hawaiʻi across the following themes connected to Stupski’s program areas: 1) advancing equity in philanthropy, 2) highlighting community leadership and resilience, 3) systems change, or 4) ways philanthropy should respond to community calls to action. Other focus areas include communications and foundation operations. 

18 years or older

High school/GED diploma

Has not yet completed a bachelor’s or higher degree

Interest in philanthropy, grant-making, and nonprofit management

Interest working in community-based organizations or philanthropy

Located in or from the Bay Area or Hawaiʻi 

Capable of juggling multiple priorities and delivering results with clear team communication

Interns earn $30/hour. 

Stupski loans interns a laptop with software and necessary subscriptions (Zoom, etc.) and any technology support required to fulfill their duties. 

Yes, the internship is designed to be done in concert with interns’ class and work schedules. Interns will establish their schedule each semester with their advisor to ensure they can participate in group meetings and the professional development speaker series. 

Interns work between 10-15 hours a week for the eight-month internship program.

The internship program is intended for students currently enrolled in undergraduate or vocational programs. We do not accept applications from current graduate students.

To allow for enough time to complete school and internship responsibilities, we do not advise that students with full-time jobs apply for this internship. 

No. This internship opportunity is for youth, students, and young adult leaders to inform our grant-making and gain professional experience to start their social change careers. 

This internship is for youth who are from the communities where the foundation works in the Bay Area and Hawaiʻi. However, students originally from those areas who are living elsewhere to attend school are welcome to apply.

Applications for our 2024-2025 cohort will become available in the summer of 2024. The application period for our 2023-2024 internship cohort is closed. For applicants who applied this year, the foundation will inform applicants by early September, and selected candidates will begin their internship in October 2023.