Environment Summer Fellowship
About the foundation
The Kresge Foundation is metro Detroit's largest private, national foundation, with more than $3.5 billion in its endowment, a growing staff of nearly 100 employees and a mission to expand opportunities in America's cities for people with low income. We do this through grantmaking and social investing in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, as well as community development in Detroit and across the United States.
The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters is located in metro Detroit. The modern facility is anchored by a 19th-century farmhouse and a new expansion that houses both a cafeteria and a convening center. Kresge also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.
About the fellowship
The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program helps communities build resilience in the face of climate change. Our work is focused on cities and emphasizes the leadership and inclusion of low-income people and people of color in climate-resilience efforts. The fellow will assist The Kresge Foundation by supporting its Environment Program in its grantmaking as well as its learning and evaluation agenda. The fellow will assist the team in a variety of capacities including conducting short-term research projects, gathering and analyzing data about grants, conducting due diligence on grant requests, and preparing grant recommendations. The Environment team is committed to providing a high-quality professional experience for the selected fellow.
- Conducting internet research on topics of priority to the team
- Conducting telephone interviews with issue experts, including grantees and grant seekers
- Preparing written documents in support of grant recommendations
- Preparing reports and presentation materials
- Students with completion of a minimum of one year of graduate school majoring in urban planning, environmental studies, political science, public policy, or other majors relevant to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Knowledge of climate change mitigation and adaptation is a strong plus.
- Proven experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software essential to accomplishing the work of this position.
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to prioritize a heavy workload
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills necessary to interact as a team member with diverse foundation colleagues and external constituents.
What we offer our fellows
- Housing stipend of $350 per month for out-of-state candidates
- Enrollment in “After 5 Detroit” activities
- Volunteer opportunity
- Team-building experience
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks daily for a minimal charge from our cafeteria.
Please submit a cover letter and resume by January 23, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kresge Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women and LGBT applicants.