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Yawkey Foundation Nonprofit Internship Program

Boston University’s Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program is a selective program designed for sophomores and juniors that provides funding to support participation in unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations. For Summer 2022, we have extended funding to remote internships as well.

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

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 the Yawkey Foundation’s six areas of giving: health care, education, human services, youth, and amateur athletics, arts and culture, and conservation and wildlife.

Information for Students

The Yawkey Foundation’s gift to Boston University is the first permanent fund supporting student internships at Boston University and provides funding for unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations. It is designed for sophomores and juniors.

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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 the CCD’s internship resources. Learn more.

About the Yawkey Foundation

The Yawkey Foundation is a charitable, grant-making organization focused on supporting children, families, and the underserved. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations whose missions align with its areas of giving. Working closely with nonprofits to help them achieve their goals, the Foundation recognizes the importance of nonprofits in our communities and the need for individuals who are passionate about contributing to these worthwhile causes. As such, the Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program is designed to enable students to gain valuable experience in the nonprofit field while also providing them with the critical financial support that these organizations are often unable to provide due to limited budgets.

Continuing the legacy of philanthropy of Tom Yawkey and Jean Yawkey, the Foundation focuses on the areas of giving that were close to their hearts in the communities they called home: Boston, Massachusetts and Georgetown County, South Carolina. As the longtime owners of the Boston Red Sox, the Yawkeys were passionate about ensuring all youth had access to athletic opportunities. Their generosity extended to all those who are underserved, with a special interest in helping children and families by supporting causes related to health care, education, and human services. As avid outdoors enthusiasts, they also supported conservation and recognized the importance of preserving cultural institutions.

While the Yawkeys gave quietly to those in need, they also ensured that the giving would continue beyond their lifetimes. As a result of Tom and Jean Yawkey’s generosity, the Yawkey Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the people of Massachusetts and Georgetown, South Carolina since 1977. The Trustees continue to take great care in their grant-making to preserve and perpetuate the original philanthropic vision and interests of the Yawkeys.

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