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Global Philanthropy Forum 2023 Program Intern 

The Global Philanthropy Forum is seeking an ambitious, committed intern to help support its 2023 event, supporting marketing, program development and event logistics for this well-known and respected live event dedicated to innovation in philanthropy. 

This is an opportunity to dive into international philanthropy as well as live event management, marketing, and audience building. 

Who are we?

Founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley as a project of World Affairs, the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) is a major network of philanthropists and social investors committed to international causes. GPF has built a diverse community of over 3,000 philanthropists, grant makers, social investors, and executives of private and public foundations across the globe. Through its annual conference and year-round programming, GPF has nurtured a learning network and enabled the strategic nature of its members’ work.

GPF has also helped launch affiliates: the Brazilian Philanthropy Forum and the African Philanthropy Forum were launched to connect indigenous philanthropists and social investors with each other, to build a learning community and to inform and enable the strategic nature of their giving in the countries and regions where they made their wealth.

Why now?

There are significant power imbalances in the philanthropic sector, and it must confront its own history of systemic inequity and racism. Philanthropy’s task is to respond quickly to multiple global crises and address its own shortcomings. If philanthropy is to make a meaningful difference it must transform its practices and vision for achieving change.

This is a seminal moment for philanthropy to step up in solidarity with local communities. The governance, climate, and public health crises we face have exposed the cracks in our systems which fail to reach the most marginalized. These events are symptoms of a global ecosystem that is operating unsustainably. But with crisis comes opportunity to challenge an outdated paradigm and recognize a shift in power that is equitable and builds the collective power necessary for systems change.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Research: Help team conduct web-based research on potential GPF speakers and topics.
  • Marketing: Assist in creating social media kits for speakers and drafting tweets and other social media share-outs. Regularly update the website’s speaker page to showcase new speaker and program commitments and assist to identify conference related content for social media and other marketing materials as needed.
  • Writing/Editing: Assist in drafting and copy-editing conference-related materials.
  • Create Conference Research Materials: Create and prepare Conference background and preparatory documents, specifically moderator research packets. 
  • Event management: Assist GPF team with event logistics, including project management, audience outreach, speaker recruitment and management, venue and vendor management, as well as other tasks on request. 
  • Support: Assisting the GPF team with strategic implementations and administrative support.


  • Articulated interest in project and event management, live journalism, audience. development and/or community building.
  • Familiarity and interest in of the global philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong writing, editing and analytic skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Commitment to confidentiality and non-disclosure of private information.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • High energy, positive and creative attitude.

Hours: 10-15 hours per week. Must be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Start Date: August/September 2023; End Date: December 2023 with the possibility to extend.

Start and end dates are flexible, please include availability in your cover letter.

Compensation: This internship offers a monthly stipend of $500. We do not cover costs for transportation or parking. 

Location: Flexible / hybrid, with in-person attendance at conference events required. Offices are located in downtown San Francisco, near Union Square, at the World Affairs Center. 

Application Process:  

Please send your resume and a cover letter as an attachment to Include your name and “GPF Fall Intern 2023” in the subject line. Applications submitted through LinkedIn’s Easy Apply portal will NOT be considered. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. 


World Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We encourage applications from individuals who contribute to the organization’s diversity. We define diversity as the inclusion of individuals of varying gender, religion, race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. We are committed to bringing new voices to the international stage and giving voice to underrepresented communities. World Affairs will do its part to present diverse perspectives, and this starts in the workplace.

For general internship opportunities, please click here to submit an internship interest form and we will reach out if any other opportunities come up and we feel it would be a good fit. For any other questions about internships please reach out to