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REDF | An Investment that Works!
REDF advises and invests in high-impact social enterprises that employ and empower people overcoming barriers to work. We’re funders and business experts who provide money, know-how, and access to networks to help build and grow these double bottom line businesses dedicated to helping people who otherwise would be shut out of the workforce. Through our work, more than 33,000 people have found employment in 168 social enterprises that have earned $650M in revenue to sustain and scale their operations.

The Farber Program
The Farber Internship is a consulting-like engagement that gives you the opportunity to have a lasting impact on a social enterprise in REDF’s Portfolio. REDF offers MBA students the chance to:  

  • Spend 10 weeks learning what it truly takes to successfully run an employment social enterprise
  • Gain insight into the role of an intermediary and learn from REDF’s 20+ years of experience in venture philanthropy
  • Tap your experience, knowledge, and perspective to deliver results and invaluable insight to a social enterprise
  • Work in tandem with senior social enterprise leaders and REDF staff
  • Be a part of a collaborative cohort of dedicated MBA students
Cohort Experience

As a Farber Intern, you’ll be part of a cohort of 10-12 incredible MBA students from across the country. Over the summer you’ll come together for three learning sessions led by REDF staff. Session topics include: double bottom line accounting, assessing and implementing effective employee support strategies, and the evolution of venture philanthropy. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know our Board members at the Farber Luncheon hosted by George R. Roberts, co-founder of KKR and REDF, and the Farber Mixer attended by Farber alums and REDF fans.

Our Alumni

REDF has placed over 160 Farbers in social enterprises since 1997. When they graduate, many of our alumni return to or enter the private sector, working in a wide variety of industries including consulting, finance, or technology. Others stay in the social sector working in philanthropy, impact investing, or social enterprise. Regardless of their next step, our alums cite their experience with REDF and our partners as a transformative experience.

To see more about our alumni, check out our Farber alumni page at:  

Strategic Projects 
Farber Interns work on mission critical projects. Some recent examples:
  • Assessing market size and potential of a new business line and developing market entry strategy 
  • Creating a marketing and sales strategy for an existing enterprise 
  • Analyzing enterprise profitability drivers and making operational recommendations
  • Creating an integrated dashboard to report financial and operational metrics across platforms
  • Creating an operations plan for a new enterprise/business unit 
  • Developing content and tools for, our practitioner platform
To learn more about past Farber projects, check out our Alumni Blogs:

Desired Qualifications 
We are looking for candidates who demonstrate a commitment to applying their business acumen to the work that REDF does. More specifically: 
  • MBA candidate or other relevant graduate degree program candidate (e.g., MPP, MPA, MSW)
  • Passion for REDF’s mission
  • Experience in management consulting, small business management, social enterprise and/or non-profit management 
  • Exceptional project management skills and ability to create concrete, useful, end products in a limited time frame 
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sense of humor and humility 
  • Excited to be part of this summer’s Farber cohort and the Farber Alumni Network
  • Enjoy working autonomously while being part of a team, exchanging ideas and insights 
  • Priority given to students returning to school in Fall 2019 
Logistics & Details 
  • Interns are placed at social enterprises within REDF’s Portfolio in the following locations: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco (Bay Area), and Seattle 
  • The internship is 10 weeks and the salary is $1,000/week. REDF is a 501c3 organization and students could be eligible for a supplemental grant from their school’s internship fund
  • Two rounds of interviews will be held starting late January into March  
  • Offers will be made late February into March on a rolling basis
  • For more information and to read the Farber Program FAQs please visit our website at:
  • Still have questions? Contact us at:

Register through the link on this page and fill out your application through the Fluid Review portal.
The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 11:59pm (PT). 

REDF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with staff members and prospective employees, and will not discriminate against applicants for employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. REDF encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities REDF serves. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, REDF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.