Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connectthem so they can achieve more together than they can alone. 

We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together.  

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether its holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us.  

For more information, please visit www.obama.org.

Obama Foundation Washington, DC, USA
Nov 13, 2019
Intern
Description The Communications and Research team has a distinct overview of all Obama Foundation team activities from beginning to end. We get involved early with each of the different teams to help provide research for their projects, we complete vetting for donors, program participants, and vendors to ensure the Obama Foundation maintains positive relationships, and we help teams culminate their events through press engagement that often involves writing press releases and responding to media requests. The Comms and Research intern should have strong research and writing skills, including experience with journalism or media writing, as well as the desire to learn new systems like Salesforce and LexisNexis. This full-time internship will begin on January 6, 2020, and end on May 8, 2020. The Foundation will provide interns with a modest stipend of $3,000 to support a portion of the expenses directly related to the internship. Responsibilities In the past, interns have done the following tasks: Assist the Research team in building out robust research documents for Foundation research project requests Train and become comfortable with vetting, and vet low level donors, vendors and partners Lead research and vetting organization for large upcoming events Take the initial pass at drafting talking points and press releases Provide administrative support for the media relations team, including tracking of media lists and communications project management Assist with Salesforce optimization Sample projects: Lead organization of research and vetting for Leaders: Asia and be the liaison for other teams. Draft an initial press release for an international roundtable. Equal Opportunity Employer The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at careers@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.
Obama Foundation Washington, DC, USA
Nov 13, 2019
Intern
Description The Program team designs and implements initiatives to inspire, equip, and connect the next generation of civic leaders. The programs within this department include the Obama Foundation Fellows Program, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Girls Opportunity Alliance, and the Education Team, which focuses on our online and in-person community leadership trainings, as well as the department's Strategy and Operations Team. Program interns play a key role in the development and execution of key Foundation efforts. This full-time internship will begin on January 6, 2020, and end on May 8, 2020. The Foundation will provide interns with a modest stipend of $3,000 to support a portion of the expenses directly related to the internship.   Responsibilities Interns will be expected to: Design and test civic engagement pilot projects Conduct research on civic engagement programs and policies around the country Conduct outreach to potential program participants and partners Conduct research and support implementation for support to communities across the country and abroad Provide team-wide operations support, including helping prepare materials for senior leadership, planning major team retreats, and handling day-to-day administrative tasks Sample projects: Assist with the design and implementation of programming for young people around the world to support adolescent girls’ education globally by conducting research on what drives young people to take action on global issues .  Helping to think deeply about Generation Z and the young people that make up our programmatic target audience. This will take the form of researching organizations, initiatives, and people who understand and target Gen Z and spending time helping to conceptualize new collaborations with potential partner organizations. Conducting interviews with alumni of the Community Leadership Corps to learn about their insights on youth culture and leadership. This will consist of co-creating questions, making phone calls, taking and synthesizing notes, and ultimately packaging learnings to share with the team and beyond. Supporting Fellows’ needs by managing Fellows information tracker and analyzing the data - using that to inform monthly internal and external communications. Additional support will include researching and collecting best practices on alumni engagement in order to inform program development for the graduating cohort. Equal Opportunity Employer The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at careers@obama.org if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.