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Philanthropy Internship

Unpaid Internship Program

Children’s Mercy provides an excellent learning environment for those interested in a career in philanthropy. Each quarter, Children’s Mercy offers a meaningful opportunity for college students or college graduates to enhance their nonprofit education and experience with a top Philanthropy team at a premier nonprofit through an unpaid internship. Selected interns will gain exposure to a specific area within philanthropy through observational experiences and project-based work and receive guidance from experienced nonprofit leaders.

Each internship will include 4-6 potential projects from which the successful candidate will select 2-3 projects they feel best meets their educational and experiential objectives. To complement their project work, interns will have the opportunity to attend department or team meetings and shadow select positions to increase their exposure to various roles within philanthropy. Depending on a student’s course requirements, the internship may qualify for class credit or community service credit if your institution allows.

*Alternately, a Shadow Day is offered twice a year for students interested in a less intensive and broader exposure to philanthropy.

Areas of focus

1-2 unpaid internships from the following areas will be offered each quarter. Each quarter’s focus area(s) will be determined at least two months prior to the start date according to the timeline indicated below.

  • Volunteer & Guest Services
  • Gift Solicitation (Individual, Corporate, Foundation, Planned)
  • Communications
  • Events
  • Prospect Management


Applicants must have a high school diploma, at least 30 hours of post-secondary education, demonstrated experience in philanthropy and a passion for the mission of Children’s Mercy.


Successful candidates will be on-boarded as a Children’s Mercy volunteer which includes a background check, completion of a health form and a flu vaccination for Fall, Winter Break and Spring internships. Additionally, a weekly schedule that is a minimum of 8 hours per week will be determined by the internship supervisor. Interns will be asked for feedback on the program during, and at the conclusion of, the internship. Interns must demonstrate reliability and professionalism and may not have more than one unexcused absence.

How to apply

Fill out and submit the form below, and email your resume to by the deadline indicated for the respective quarter for which you’re applying.

Candidates advancing in the application process will be interviewed in person or via phone or video conference and may be asked to submit references, additional information and/or work samples. The successful candidate will be notified, required to complete the Children’s Mercy health history form, then attend the volunteer orientation.


Internships will be offered throughout the year at the following approximate intervals:

Session General Timeframe Application Deadline Successful Applicant(s) Selected
Fall Labor Day through Thanksgiving July 6 July 31
Winter Break Mid-December through mid-January November 1 Thanksgiving
Spring February, March and April December 1 January 5
Summer June and July April 10 May 1


Please contact us at (816) 346-1300 or with questions or to learn more.



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