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Gates Foundation 2019 Summer Internships Discussion

This is a past event.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

ZEB - Ziff Education Building, 312
11200 SW 8th ST 33199, Ziff Education Building, Miami, Florida 33199

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be on campus discussing 2019 summer internships. The internship program exists to provide graduate students exposure to career opportunities in the philanthropic sector as well as develop a candidate pipeline for future full-time positions. We aim to identify individuals for whom an internship with us may have a transformative impact on their personal and professional lives. We will be sharing details about the program, our foundation, and answering questions.

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Note: Students who are currently in year 1 and will be returning next fall or eligible. **Eligible teachers should apply**


Foundation Overview:

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to:

  • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;

  • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;

  • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and

  • Inspire people to take action to change the world.

    Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.

    Internship Program Summary:

    Interns work across the foundation and make significant contributions in Global Health, Global Development, Global Policy & Advocacy, US Program, Operations and Finance. Working closely with their managers and teams, interns support the management of existing grants, shaping and processing of new grants and grantee reports, and other research and analysis activities in support of the team’s strategy, goals and objectives. As a group, interns are also offered career and personal development opportunities, including engaging with executive leadership from across the foundation.

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seeks an intern to serve in our US Program K-12 Education Team. The mission of the K-12 Education Team is America is a place where all students are equipped with the skills and agency necessary to be economically self- sufficient, contribute to the community, and participate in the democratic process.

    Position Summary and Responsibilities:

    The ideal candidate will be available June through August.

    The K-12 Intern will help to support and shape various programs held under the K-12 Education strategy. The intern will be fully engaged in the team and will receive broad exposure to the work of the strategy, as well as the foundation more broadly.

    The intern will support one of two areas:

    Research and analysis on potential new investment areas. Deliverables would include literature review, landscape analysis, and recommendations on investment approaches. Desired candidates would be able to read and synthesize research and evaluation studies, assess the strengths and weaknesses of those studies, and have strong writing and analytical thinking skills. Education experience desired. Data analytics to inform stronger grant management. Deliverables would include developing interactive dashboards designed based on needs identified in interviews with foundation staff and external partners. Desired candidates would have intermediate to strong data analytical skills (e.g. R, Tableau, SQL, etc.). Education experience great, but not required.

    Program Features:

  • Minimum of 12-week internship

  • Competitive salary, relocation and housing support, paid days off

  • Lunch and Learn series with the Executive Leadership Team

  • Intern cohort activities: Manager Networking Dinner, Interns Happy Hours, Day of Service


    Successful interns are often self-starters that are comfortable with a degree of ambiguity. They enjoy structuring problems, designing projects and making informed recommendations based on research and analysis. Interns seek to learn more about the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The mission, All Lives Have Equal Value, resonates with their own values.

  • Minimum of 3 years’ professional experience. There is a preference for candidates familiar with concepts associated with US education.

  • Works independently, manages multiple priorities and tight timelines.

  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a complex, fast-paced environment.

  • Strong analytical skills as well as strong written & oral communication skills.

  • Ability to identify and develop external and internal relationships in support of program work.

  • Attention to detail in writing and proofing material, tracking and managing projects and grants.

    As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

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