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Obama Foundation Paid Summer Internship Program 2018

Deadline: February 12, 2018

The Obama Foundation is looking to hire passionate, mission-oriented, and qualified interns to serve in their Chicago and D.C. offices. They are looking for interns who have excellent time management and organizational skills, are strong writers and researchers, and are eager to work in a fast-paced office environment. Interns will play a key role in providing departments at the Obama Foundation with the administrative, logistical, and operational assistance needed to execute their work.

The summer 2018 internship will run from May 29, 2018 to August 17, 2018. For students on the quarter system, the internship will run from June 18, 2018 to September 7, 2018. Interns will be required to work 40 hours a week in either their Chicago or Washington, D.C. office.


The Foundation will provide interns with a stipend and reimbursements for a portion of the expenses directly related to their internship. Please note the Foundation will not provide relocation or housing assistance.

Interns will be provided a $1,500 stipend and will be compensated for up to $1,500 in expenses directly related to the internship, for a total of up to $3,000.


  • Interns will be exposed to a fast-paced, high-impact environment where they will get to work closely with Foundation staff who are doing everything they can to inspire and meet people where they are.

  • Each intern will be placed with a supervisor who will act as their mentor at the organization and provide relevant feedback to them throughout the course of the term.

  • Interns will be invited to weekly all-staff meetings so they can stay up-to-date on activities across the organization.

  • Throughout the course of the term, interns will be invited to participate in brown bag lunches and presentations to learn more about the career paths and trajectories of Foundation staff.

They encourage all interns to receive course credit for their work with the Foundation and will assist interns with any requisite paperwork or confirmations.


  • This internship is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible to work in the United States. This includes students at technical, vocational, or trade schools for their post-secondary education.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the internship.

  • You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply, but you must be able to legally work within the United States.

  • Interns must be fluent in spoken and written English as all programming will be conducted in English.

The Foundation is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of interns and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, creed, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, ancestry, genetic information, military service, veteran status, or any other protected category under local, state, or federal law.

They encourage qualified persons of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please contact us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.


Download the Application Worksheet and form:

For more information, visit Obama Foundation Internship.

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