The Christensen Fund works to support Indigenous peoples in advancing their inherent rights, dignity, and self-determination.

Position Summary:

If you are a college or graduate student looking to learn the skills needed to contribute to the successful operations of a Private Foundation, The Christensen Fund has a great summer internship opportunity for you. We are hiring for a remote Operations Intern that will be responsible for maximizing their professional growth in areas of private foundation operations while under the leadership of the Controller and the Director of Partnership Engagement. The Christensen Fund supports Indigenous peoples and local communities and their allies in specific geographies.

You will be responsible for learning skills regarding financial management and grant making compliancy and assisting with practices consistent with relevant regulatory authorities and the policies of The Christensen Fund. Under the direction of the Controller and Director of Partnership Engagement, the Intern will work with staff, vendors, and grantees to support Christensen's domestic and international grant making work.

The intern will work alongside the staff and specifically the operations team to gain practical experience applicable to foundation operations, nonprofit accounting in accordance to US-GAAP, grants compliance, and work in an internationally-distributed professional environment. This position is a temporary position taking place over summer 2022 (eight to ten weeks depending on the schedule of the intern) and will be 32-hours a week (Monday – Thursday). Position is all remote.

What you will do:

The intern will work closely with the Controller and the Director of Partnership Engagement in the first week of the internship to produce a service-learning agreement which will serve as a roadmap to how the intern will spend the remainder of their time at Christensen. The staff working with the intern commits to invest in the intern’s professional development while the intern commits to take seriously the opportunity to learn Christensen is providing.

An example of an internship service-learning schedule is as follows:

Week 1: Introductions and Getting to Understand The Christensen Fund
Week 2: Accounts Payable and Basic Bookkeeping
Week 3: Monthly Closings
Week 4: Introduction of Investment Accounting
Week 5: Audit Preparation Assistance 
Week 6: Ride Along / Project Proposal Week
Week 7: Project Week 1 
Week 8: Project Week 2 and Presentation 

What we need from you:

Hunger to learn and grow
The Foundation Operations Intern is someone who should have a strong desire to learn. Given the very particular field in which Christensen works (private foundation doing international grant making to Indigenous groups), the Intern will be more successful in this role if they have a personal interest in the mission of The Christensen.

Organized systems-thinker and builder
The Foundation Operations Intern should have a strong interest in the accounting function. Given the relatively small size of Christensen’s staff, this position will be hands-on.

High expectations and attention to detail
The Foundation Operations Intern should have high expectations for their own work and take pride in this work and final results.

Technically and culturally competent
The Foundation Operations should have a desire to become a thoughtful, equity oriented professional, with a foundational level of accounting knowledge, and must be willing to learn QuickBooks (Christensen’s accounting software) and Fluxx (Christensen’s grant making database). Experience using Microsoft Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Drive) are required.  

Indigenous college students are encouraged to apply.


This is a non-management position
This is an internship position

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