The Resource Foundation

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
The Resource Foundation


New York, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Gabriela Pitten '19, Camila Novo-Viano '18

Organization Description
The Resource Foundation (TRF) believes that every man, woman and child, regardless of their circumstances, has the potential to lead the life they imagine. Our mission is to empower disadvantaged communities with the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to improve their lives. Our regional expertise and professional, multilingual staff enable donors to confidently and efficiently support locally-led initiatives across Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The TRF network is comprised of 370+ local nonprofit organizations in 29 countries who specialize in a wide range of programmatic issues, including affordable housing, capacity building, cultural programs, disaster relief, education and job-skills training, environmental conservation, financial inclusion, healthcare and HIV/AIDS, potable water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment.
We are a small team (7 full-time individuals), and having PICS interns join us for the summer has always been a mutually-enriching experience that permits the TRF team to work on advancing projects that we may otherwise be unable to complete due to limited time and human resources.

Internship Description
During their internship with TRF, the PICS intern will gain hands-on experience in two key areas of nonprofit organization management: communications/marketing and reporting/monitoring. He/She will assist with the day-to-day management of concrete processes within both of these departments (50% of the time), while also taking the lead, in collaboration with relevant TRF team members, on several strategic projects to help strengthen these areas of TRF in the long-term (50% of the time).

Periodic meetings will be held with the intern supervisor(s) to touch base about observations, interests and concerns throughout the internship, as well as to assess progress and address questions related to their assignments. The below plan is flexible and is intended as a starting point for the internship.
I.ONGOING DAILY TASKS (approx. 10-12 hours/week, depending on the needs)
A.COMMUNICATIONS Ongoing Responsibilities: Assist with the day-to-day work flow in the areas of content development and event planning within the communications department, including but not limited to research and creation of original material for the TRF website, printed and e-newsletters, email blasts, press releases, social media and other materials as needed. The intern may also become involved in preliminary tasks related to TRF's annual fundraising gala, generally held in the fall months in NYC.
B.REPORTING Ongoing Responsibilities (approx. 10-12 hours/week, depending on the needs)
1.Editing Reports: Increase reporting department efficiencies by assisting with day-to-day work flow in translating and editing grant reports. This also includes tracking relevant data indicators.
II.TRF SPECIAL PROJECTS (approx. 15-20 hours/week, depending on the needs)
Past interns have taken on an independent project as part of their internships with TRF. The topic is usually decided in the first week of the internship and is set based on TRF current needs and the intern's interest. Past independent projects have included research and/or presentations based on donor giving trends; the integrated development model and how it relates to women's empowerment; and peace reintegration processes in Latin America. This information has been repeatedly used in conversations with TRF donors to illustrate regional needs and/or to offer insight and context into effective development methodologies.

Internship Qualifications

  • It is vital that the PICS intern be able to read and write (and ideally speak) Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task.
  • Efficient at working on independent projects as well as on collaborative assignments.
  • Self-motivated

Valued skills: 

  • French language skills a plus!
  • Familiarity with data tracking, analysis and interpretation.
  • Willingness to voice one's opinion and to ask frequent questions
**Writing sample required: 1-2 page sample of an academic paper**
Expected Start Time

9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
In the past, some PICS interns have been fortunate to have friends or family living in the tri-state area and were able to commute easily into the city (we are located right near Penn Station and an easy walk/quick subway from Grand Central). Other interns have taken advantage of summer sublets (which are plentiful in NYC, Hoboken, etc.) and/or in summer housing available to students at NYU.

The intern's work plan is designed to be completed within the regular work schedule.
**Writing sample required: 1-2 page sample of an academic paper**

Evaluation Excerpt

The best part of my work experience this summer was working with different design and branding software to help with the organization's social media presence. The hardest part of the summer was my research project, but it was also the most rewarding part.
—Gabriela Pitten '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program