The FUND FOR SANTA BARBARA is a nonprofit community foundation that supports organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change in Santa Barbara County and our internship program plays a critical role in helping us accomplish our goals.
Though each position is different based on the specific work each intern will do, all of our interns will gain firsthand knowledge of the inner-workings of an effective nonprofit fundraising organization through interaction with staff, our Board of Directors and the Grant Making Committee. We strive to make our internships exceptional learning experiences--to provide insight, training, and professional development opportunities tailored to the interests of our interns and to the needs of the organization.
From Former FUND Interns
"My time at the FUND helped me develop a deeper connection to my community through meaningful and lasting work. While the communication skills I honed at the Fund help me every day at work, the professional relationships I developed with the other staff and interns were the greatest value gained. "
"Interning with the Fund for Santa Barbara provided new perspectives on grassroots philanthropy. As an intern, I met with community organizers and participated in collaborative projects. I learned that grant making is not placed in the power of a single entity but rather a network of agencies who seek to create social change in communities like Santa Maria. This program allowed me to grow as a leader, and it has motivated me to pursue social justice at UCLA."
"I believe it would have been a lot more difficult securing my first job out of college if I didn’t have my experience at the FUND under my belt. It’s tough competing for interviews already among candidates with full-time experience but having internships puts us up there. My experience at the FUND was the vital bridge connecting college studies in the classroom and the “real world”. I couldn’t be where I am today in my career without the FUND so I’m extremely thankful."