RWJF Summer Internships

Summer Internship Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have worked to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible—no matter what their physical, economic, or demographic challenges may be. We do this by providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs targeting some of the most pressing health issues in our nation. RWJF has committed itself to a vision of working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Building a Culture of Health is a bold shift that relies on increasing equity—everyone must have the opportunity to live a healthier life. But for too many of us, the prospects for good health are limited by where we live, how much money we make, or discrimination we face because of who we are. Health equity means we all have the basics to be healthier.

For over ten years the Foundation has hosted summer interns, a program that provides an opportunity for college students in various disciplines to learn how a career in philanthropy can make a difference.  Interns will have the opportunity to gain meaningful, hands-on work experience and the opportunity to apply coursework concepts to real-world work situations over a ten week period. The program will culminate with a presentation of intern work.

The summer intern cohort will be part of an orientation program that will take them beyond their immediate project to learn and gain insights from our diverse and talented staff on how the Foundation works to solve some of the most pressing health issues in our nation to provide all the opportunity to live a healthier life.

The Foundation seeks students who are curious, motivated, flexible, self-directed and have passion for work that supports a mission. Although each intern project is uniquely based on a topic area and scope of work, all interns will be required to conduct research, gather data, and present findings. Specific project details are below.

Internship minimum qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships.
  • Proficiency with various technology platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills; writing samples may be requested.
  • Ability to interact with staff at all levels.
  • Strong planning, organization, and time management skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Ability to analyze and present data.
  • Excellent analytic skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in highly-collaborative team environments.


The paid internship program in our Princeton, N.J., office runs for 10 weeks starting in early June. Travel and living accommodations are the responsibility of the intern.

The application requires submission of a resume and cover letter. All internship positions are listed in a drop-down menu designated by the internship description highlighted key word. If you are applying to multiple positions, you must submit one application per position.

Application deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018



The Accounting intern will participate in various functions to support tax return preparation, accounting operations and participate in financial analysis, data collection, benchmarking, and other projects. The Foundation seeks a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in Accounting. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of accounting principles and financial statements, be proficient in Excel, and have an interest in non-profit accounting/tax.

  • Assist in collection and review of investment funds financial statements and related data as part of the Foundation’s annual accounting audit risk assessment documentation.
  • Provide general support related to completion of the Foundations tax return filings.
  • Provide support to Accounting team on various projects, assisting in financial analysis, metrics and budget reporting.
  • Benchmark, review and analyze key tax reporting data figures from peer Foundations’ IRS 990-PF.


The Communications intern will work with RWJF communications professionals to assist in gathering, evaluating and organizing message testing and audience research from work done across our areas of focus. The Foundation seeks a student majoring in Communications, Journalism, Political Science or English.

  • Review learnings from message testing and audience research, ensuring health equity considerations in both process and final products.
  • Organize a system for tracking.
  • Assist in the production of message testing tools for staff and grantees.


The Communications/Research intern will work collaboratively with Communications and Research, Evaluation, and Learning professionals to devise a content strategy for the Foundation to bring sound science and evidence from the Foundation’s grantmaking to the knowledge base on Wikipedia. In addition, the intern will participate in the development of a Foundation-wide open access policy by tracking and analyzing the impact of peer-reviewed journal publications (both open access and closed access) that report findings from RWJF-supported grants. The Foundation seeks a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in Communications or a social science. Candidates should have a familiarity with digital literacy issues.

  • Devise a content strategy for RWJF to embrace Wikipedia.
  • Define a process to identify and organize RWJF research to be considered for Wikipedia page citations.
  • Organize Wikipedia trainings.
  • Devise a process to track the impact of peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • Develop recommendations around the support RWJF should provide for open access publishing costs.


The Finance intern will work directly with the chief financial officer, and with finance and investment department staff, on a project to research, document and record the financial history of the Foundation from 1971 to the present. The intern will assist in conducting research into market developments and in creating graphic display of historical trends and data. The intern may also participate in interviews associated with the project. The Foundation seeks a senior or graduate student majoring in business with interest in financial history and investment policy. Candidates should have skills in graphing and data visualization and knowledge of investment and financial concepts.

  • Conduct research on market developments and RWJF’s financial history.
  • Illustrate trends and key points with charts and graphs.
  • Summarize key aspects of RWJF’s financial history.


The Learning intern will help RWJF develop approaches on how to share knowledge gained from research, evaluation and programming with stakeholders in order to inspire actions. The intern will conduct an environmental scan of learning products and related activities in philanthropy (e.g., how are others sharing what they are learning) and a literature review of the knowledge mobilization field (what it is, who uses this approach), to produce recommendations to the Foundation.

  • Conduct a literature review; collecting articles and related resources about the topic of knowledge mobilization and dissemination.
  • Conduct an environmental scan of how other philanthropies and non-profits share their learning.
  • Compile data and examples of learning-oriented knowledge mobilization (KMb) and dissemination.
  • Interview RWJF staff about approaches to dissemination and learning products.
  • Produce a paper summarizing research and marketing recommendations to RWJF.


The Nursing intern will assist with projects that support the Campaign for Action’s focus: A Nurses Role in Building a Culture of Health. The intern will gain knowledge and experience in health/health care workforce policy issues and gain knowledge of performance measurement for accountability. The intern will also conduct research and analysis on best practices in nursing leadership development as well as promising practices in interprofessional collaboration and the interworking’s of a national campaign. Joint publication opportunities may be available. The Foundation seeks a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in Nursing.


The Pioneer team seeks to ensure that the Foundation’s program focus areas anticipate the future, even as they seek to have an impact in the present. The Pioneer team will host a series of scenario planning workshops over the summer to engage staff across areas of focus. The Pioneer intern will assist in organizing, preparing, facilitating and synthesizing data around these scenario-planning workshops. The Foundation seeks a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student. Candidates should have experience with facilitation and synthesis.

  • Organize workshops ensuring participation of key participants.
  • Prepare agendas and coordinate pre-reads.
  • Assist in facilitation at workshops.
  • Take notes and synthesize workshop outcomes.


The Policy intern will assist staff in their efforts to provide policymakers, congressional staffers, and administration officials with evidence based non-partisan material that clearly explains health policy issues. The intern will be called on to conduct research and interviews ultimately presenting findings on issues with a specific focus on coverage and challenges/opportunities facing state insurance commissioners.

RWJF is an equal opportunity employer.

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Building a Culture of Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has proposed a vision for a national Culture of Health enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives.

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Post Date

January 25, 2018

Due Date

March 5, 2018 (10 a.m. ET)



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