Internship

Interning for the iF Foundation is a rewarding way to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained in your educational career to help communities in the developing world.  Interns are immersed in the work of the iF Foundations and gain valuable lessons that transcend classroom learning.   Whether interning in the New York office or on the ground with our country directors, your daily input is greatly valued.  The experience you will gain with the iF Foundation will not only benefit your professional career but it will directly impact the lives of struggling Haitians.

If you are interested in interning with the iF Foundation please contact the development office.

The iF Foundation
14-45 117th Street
College Point, N.Y. 11356
Eileen Spencer, Chief of Staff Philanthropy
espencer@if-foundation.org
(914) 924-9704

Intern Spotlights

Brock Wackerle

Searching for summer internships can be quite daunting, a student must find a way to integrate the information they have learned in their academic career and apply it to real life application. I am a college senior graduating in May 2013, soon enough I will be entering the work force. Having the opportunity to intern at the iF Foundation as a Grant Development specialist has given me the opportunity to truly build an excellent foundation of work experience for graduation.

My role at the iF Foundation encompassed a broad range of duties which allowed for creative freedom and flexible scheduling. Along with writing and applying for grants geared towards developing funds for the numerous business developments in Haiti and Ghana, I was a component of discussions for future business developments. This internship also called for attending numerous conferences held in New York City along with Washington D.C. Being able to represent the iF Foundation gave me the opportunity to build my communication skills with leaders and expand my network.

I would say that I did so much more then meet an academic requirement, I was able to make a difference. Building sustainable businesses in the developing world has enriched my experience in the corporate field and has furthered my interest in getting involved with corporations with a sense of social responsibility. Thank you iF Foundation, for an internship which will truly impact my future.

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Megan Relyea

During the summer of 2011 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern in Haiti with the iF Foundation.  Having majored in Business Management with a concentration in Fashion Merchandising, I was unsure how I was going to apply my knowledge in order to benefit the community.  However, it was an opportunity I could not pass up and so I departed for Haiti with an open mind and a willingness to do just about anything.

My time in Haiti exceeded any expectations I had set prior to departing.  Much of my time was spent working beside the two remarkable country directors, Edlyne Cange and Jean Magnus Regis.  Edlyne and Magnus are driven by their passion and dedication.  They strive daily to help the Haitian community and are completely devoted to their country and the iF Foundation’s mission.   They walk beside the loan recipients sharing their knowledge in order to better equip the community and improve their well being.

Edlyne and Magnus had no trouble identifying daily activities for me that were mutually beneficial both for my own learning experience and the iF Foundation loan recipients.  I quickly became accustomed to the daily life and found my niche working with two Haitian women making candles.  Here I applied some of my basic marketing and merchandising knowledge as I helped produce and package the candles for sale.  This is just one example of the work I was able to accomplish side by side with loan recipients while on the ground.

The internship was not just about sharing my knowledge with the local community and it went beyond educational experience.  As promised, I fell in love with the country, the people that I met and the work of the iF Foundation.  Being immersed in Haitian culture and lifestyle has had a lasting impact on my life.  My internship in Haiti was personally fulfilling and provided me with the experience I needed in order to launch a meaningful career.