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.
Hourly internship wage
Stupski intern alumni
Hear from Alumni
“I’m moving forward with a deeper appreciation for community. At Stupski, I’ve seen the limitless possibilities and great impact that’s possible when working together, which has inspired a sense of hope that change is possible.”
“While so much of philanthropy can feel like you’re on the outside looking in, this opportunity empowered me to work with stakeholders in my own community who are committed to strengthening food security and supporting resilient food systems.”
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.
Tune into Diego’s internship podcast, “Amplifying Persistence,” and learn more about his work bringing student voices into philanthropy.
Stacy authored a research report titled, “The Impact of Student Resource Officers and Police Presence on BIPOC Students: Implications for Foundations”
Amara delivered a project titled: “Understanding the Holistic Needs of Undocumented People and What We Can Do to Support Their Liberation.”
Watch Ariana’s video highlighting the movement to restore locally produced agriculture and rekindle ancient methods of Native Hawaiian land stewardship.
Jaya created Talk Story, a digital magazine about Native Hawaiian college students’ first-year experience and the need for greater mental health resources on their campuses.
Princess produced a video project to advocate for a different approach to mental health for Black students.
Megan collected stories from the Asian diaspora about how communities are fighting for food justice.
Maritza shared her experience in philanthropy.
Anna outlined how foundations can improve their decision-making by centering student voices.
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.
Ieshia investigated the unique challenges students of color encounter when seeking mental health services and highlighted the value of student-centered solutions.
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.
Jessica wrote an essay to education funders and institutions to advocate for greater investment in open spaces for youth to support their mental health.
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.
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.
Kaya created a resource guide for people of color leading community-based organizations and funders to make the philanthropic landscape more accessible and welcoming.
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.