Philanthropic Research and Analysis Intern

Internships  Seattle, Washington


Philanthropic Research and Analysis Intern (Vulcan Philanthropy)
Paid Summer Internship – Seattle, WA

At Vulcan, we work to translate the vision of the Allen Family into impact through catalytic philanthropy, inspirational storytelling, and scientific and technological breakthroughs. We take innovative, unconventional approaches to tackling some of the world’s hardest problems – from restoring ocean health, to combating climate change, to disrupting the cycle of homelessness.

The Philanthropic Research and Analysis Intern will be an integral part of Vulcan’s Philanthropy team, supporting ad-hoc research and analysis to inform Vulcan’s wider programmatic initiatives. They will provide direct analytical and research support around all of Vulcan’s key philanthropic initiatives; Ocean Health, Wildlife Conservation, Climate Change or Communities. Over the summer there will be multiple opportunities to present research to the broader Philanthropy team and executive leadership at Vulcan.

Projects and Responsibilities

  • Conduct primary and secondary research across a variety of topical areas (Examples of past research topics include Causes of forest fires; carbon sequestration strategies; Review of Vulcan historic giving to local community programs.)
  • Undertake assigned analytical research, working group support tasks and deliver regular results to Working Groups, Portfolio Managers and key department team members
  • Synthesize, prioritize and present findings into clear reporting

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program; undergraduates with extensive research experience will be considered.
  • Interest in philanthropy/social impact required; past professional experience in philanthropy or social impact particularly in the areas of climate, oceans, conservation or communities a big plus
  • Ability to provide in depth research and write clear and concise analyses
  • Strong communication skills: written, verbal, presentation skills, professionalism and discretion
  • Comfortable working quickly with fluid situations and ever changing challenges
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain relationships with business partners at all levels
  • Ability to multi-task, managing multiple projects and initiatives
  • Strong communication skills: written, verbal, presentation skills, professionalism and discretion

We’re committed to inclusion and equal opportunity.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other protected class.

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