Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program

Boston University’s Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program is a selective educational program designed for sophomores and juniors that provides a living allowance stipend to support participation in unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations.

Fall or spring semester internships must be located in the Boston area. Summer internships may be outside of the Boston area if the organization’s mission is aligned with one of 6 broad areas on which the Yawkey Foundations focus.

In addition to facilitating students’ participation in unpaid nonprofit internships, the program provides an educational framework which strengthens the experience through a series of program components that help students to plan for, engage in, and reflect upon their internships.

About the Yawkey Foundations

The Yawkey Foundations are committed to continuing the legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey by making significant and positive impacts on the quality of life for children, families, and the underserved in the areas which the Yawkeys called home, New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina. Though best known for their longtime ownership of the Boston Red Sox, to those who knew them best, Tom and Jean Yawkey were private and generous people who freely gave their time and money to people and organizations in need. With thoughtful planning, the Yawkeys ensured that their commitment to those in need would continue beyond their lifetimes.

Since 2002, the Trustees of the Yawkey Foundations have awarded $358 million to a broad range of organizations. These awards now include a $10 million endowment for the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program at Boston University.

The Trustees of the Yawkey Foundations are particularly interested in supporting organizations that encourage educational opportunities, improve health care, enhance human service programs, provide youth and amateur athletic opportunities, celebrate arts and cultural endeavors, and value conservation efforts (learn more about these issue areas).

Source: Yawkey Foundations website. Used with permission.

Information for Students

The Yawkey Foundations’ gift to Boston University is the first permanent fund supporting student internships at Boston University and focuses on unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations. It is designed primarily for sophomores, with juniors also eligible to apply. Learn more and apply.

Information for Employers

Boston University welcomes the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations in the Boston area and beyond, in connection with both the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program and general recruiting of BU talent. Learn more about hosting Yawkey Interns.

Information for Faculty

Boston University faculty are key campus partners for the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program, an experiential learning program designed to complement students’ academic course of study, and can provide support by encouraging students to apply and to explore of the CCD’s internship resources. Learn more.