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The Farber Internship Program 
 
The REDF Farber Program is a leadership program designed to provide graduate students who have a passion for social change the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, develop essential skills and build a network in the fields of social enterprise and venture philanthropy. For the past 20 years, the program has offered students a unique opportunity to apply their business skills to strategic projects in an entrepreneurial nonprofit context. REDF’s work straddles the for-profit and nonprofit worlds; consequently Farber internships are relevant to careers in both sectors. Farber Alumni are starting new social enterprises, managing foundations and nonprofits, leading socially responsible companies, consulting to mission-driven organizations and launching start-ups. 
 
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REDF works at the intersection where market forces meet social impact. We’re funders and business experts who provide money, know-how, and access to networks to help build and grow social enterprises – double bottom line businesses dedicated to helping people who otherwise would be shut out of the workforce get jobs, keep jobs, and build a better life. As a result, more than 14,000 people have gotten jobs and the 100 social enterprises we’ve invested in have earned more than $165 million in revenue, making this a cost-effective way to address chronic joblessness among people with significant employment barriers.
In 2016 we began expanding the impact of our work nationally, growing the evidence base to demonstrate the value of social enterprise, and creating a thriving ecosystem that includes social enterprises, business, philanthropy, and government working together to champion and support social enterprises and the inclusion of the people they employ in the economy. Together, we can create more economic opportunity for the people and communities that need it most, and help tens of thousands of people transform their lives and their futures.
 
Farber Internship 
 
Strategic Projects 
Farber interns work on a variety of projects and are placed at one of the portfolio organizations that REDF supports. Interns placed in REDF’s Portfolio may work on the following types of strategic business assistance projects: 

  • Assessing market size and potential of a new business opportunity and developing a market entry strategy 
  • Creating a marketing and sales strategy for an existing enterprise 
  • Analyzing enterprise profitability drivers and making operational recommendations to improve profitability 
  • Creating a dashboard to report financial and operational metrics 
  • Creating an operations plan for a new enterprise/business unit 
  • Developing (and making accessible) high impact content/tools for REDF's web-based practitioner platform (https://redfworkshop.org
 
Farber intern placed at REDF offices may work on the following types of projects: 
  • Creating a strategy for one of REDF’s field-building activities (ex. regional ecosystem mapping & engagement, corporate employer partnerships, etc.) 
  • Conducting an industry analysis (e.g. e-waste, affordable housing) for a specific urban center and mapping the ecosystem that could connect the industry to workforce development, job creation and social enterprise 
  • Conducting research and crafting a policy strategy for employment-focused social enterprise 
  • Developing (and making accessible) high impact content/tools for REDF's web-based practitioner platform (https://redfworkshop.org
 
Professional Development & Networking 
Interns working at a portfolio organization will be supervised by a senior member of that management team, while interns working at REDF will be supervised by a senior member of the REDF staff. All interns will be coached by an experienced member of the REDF team, have opportunities to meet with Farber Alumni and connect with leaders in the fields of social enterprise and venture philanthropy. 
 
All interns will participate in professional development events throughout the summer focused on social enterprise, nonprofit management and building a career in the social impact space. Examples of past events include lunch with the REDF Board, a tour of REDF portfolio enterprises, and workshops on topics such as “Identifying & Managing Social Costs” and “Intro to Social Impact Bonds.” 
 
Desired Qualifications 
Above all, we are looking for candidates with a passion for social change, a commitment to applying business acumen to achieve positive social impact and a strong track record with relevant experience. More specifically: 
  • MBA candidate or other relevant graduate degree program candidate (e.g., MPP, MPA, MSW, MPH) 
  • Passion for REDF’s mission and ability to relate to the target population served by the portfolio of social enterprises 
  • Experience in management consulting, small business management, social enterprise and/or nonprofit management 
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills – especially with people of varied ages, experience levels and backgrounds 
  • Sense of humor and humility 
  • Ability to create concrete, useful end products in a limited time frame 
  • Enjoy working independently, with some degree of flexibility and ambiguity while also being part of a team, exchanging ideas and insights 
  • Strong project management skills – ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously 
 
Logistics 
  • Interns placed at a social enterprise within REDF’s Portfolio will work on-site at that organization in the Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco (Bay Area), and Seattle. Interns placed at REDF will be based in either REDF's San Francisco or Los Angeles office. 
  • The length of the internship is 10 weeks and the salary is $1,000/week. (Students are often eligible for a supplemental grant from their school’s internship fund.) 
 
For additional information about REDF and The Farber Internship Program, please visit our website at http://redf.org/what-we-do/develop-leaders/farber-internship/. Please also feel free to send specific questions to farber@redf.org
 
To Apply 
The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:59pm (PT). Submit a resume and answer the following two questions: 
  1. Contribution: As an intern, we expect you to make significant contributions to REDF and/or the social enterprises we support. Describe how you would be able to contribute in a way that would positively impact our work. Feel free to provide examples as appropriate. 
  2. Self-awareness: Describe a situation in which you received difficult feedback. What was the feedback, and what did you do as a result? 

 
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.