BFI Looking for Fall Interns

We are currently seeking interns for the Fall Internship Program at the Buckminster Fuller Institute, which provides opportunities for individuals seeking to gain experience in the non-profit sector and participate in initiatives that advance global problem solving strategies through BFI’s programs. The applicants must be motivated college students looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit and eligible to receive college credit for their work.

Program Intern

The BFI Program Intern will work closely with BFI’s program manager and other Institute staff to support the design, coordination and hosting of dynamic symposia and events connected to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge, BFI’s annual design award celebrating comprehensive, whole-systems solutions to social, economic, and ecological challenges. Other Program-related tasks as needed. Ideal applicant should be interested in working on complex projects with multiple stakeholders and deliverable timelines. Some travel (domestic or international) may be necessary.
Position duties include:

  • Contribute to the ideation and design of program events
  • Perform outreach to program partners, advisors, press and participants
  • Contribute to sponsorship efforts related to distinct program components
  • Manage online registration for both web programs and live events
  • Copy writing as needed

Development Intern

The BFI Development Intern will work closely with BFI’s staff on research, information management and other integral aspects of development-related work. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and other database management software preferred. Candidates should be comfortable working independently but also working with a team and a supervisor.
Position duties include:

  • Assisting with production of fundraising materials
  • Assisting with in-house mailings
  • Identify funding opportunities and new program areas to match organizational priorities tools
  • Identify officers at organizations and foundations to contact and solicit invitations to submit proposals
  • Participating in the proposal generation and ideation process
  • Supporting generation of documents in response to solicitations
  • Support the timely submission of well-researched and well-documented grant proposals
  • Conduct Grant Research and work closely with BFI’s staff in development strategy

Interns will be expected to work 8–16 hours per week, sometime between the hours of 9:30am–5:30pm Monday through Friday in our New York office located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


This is an unpaid internship, however a food and transport stipend will be provided. We encourage you to use this internship to gain course credit and to seek out work-study grants with your college. BFI will provide all needed documentation to facilitate the crediting of the internship for school programs.


If you are interested in either of these positions, please send a resume and cover letter, with optional writing sample, to [email protected] as Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents. In the cover letter you should identify which position you are applying for and why the position description above interests you. Also in the cover letter, please provide the estimated days and times you will be available to work as well as start date.