Program Intern: Job Description

The Mellon Foundation (“Foundation”) is a not-for-profit, grant making organization that believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. The Foundation makes grants in four core program areas: Higher Learning, Arts and Culture, Public Knowledge, and Humanities in Place. The Foundation seeks a Program Intern to provide support for the Arts and Culture (AC) program area. This is a hybrid (in-person and remote) 10-week, full-time position with a start date in June 2023.


The Program Intern will participate in a hybrid (in-person and remote) 10-week, full-time program supporting the Arts and Culture Program. The intern will provide a wide range of administrative, organizational and research support. This internship is ideal for a student seeking an opportunity to work arts and culture administration in a nonprofit organization.

Position Description

Responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Provide administrative support for upcoming programmatic activities including in-person and virtual meetings and events 
  • Assist with general office and grant-related work for the Arts and Culture team, such as preparing materials, supporting the proposal process, and responding to requests for information
  • Reconcile/organize Arts and Culture archival documents in new data storage system 
  • Assist with sourcing, drafting, and editing content, talking points, and email 
  • Work independently and with the team to compile data, conduct research and data entry in connection with program grantmaking and initiatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Experience

  • Strong interest in the arts and humanities, equity and justice, and forward-thinking practices in a nonprofit setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Some arts and culture nonprofit experience preferred, with demonstrated ability to anticipate next steps, to take initiative, exercise discretion, and apply sound judgment 
  • Ability to balance among taking direction, working collegially as a team member, and working with minimal direct supervision
  • Willingness to learn from mistakes, curiosity, integrity, and a good sense of humor
  • Must be flexible, highly organized and have a proven ability to juggle multiple and competing tasks and demands with impeccable follow-up and attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the ability to learn new applications/other web-based platforms

The Mellon Foundation is committed to providing compensation that is competitive and equitable within the philanthropic sector. The estimated hourly range for this role is $27.00–$30.00 per hour. The amount of pay offered will be determined by a number of factors, including but not limited to qualifications, unique skills, credentials or experience that is expected to impact the candidate’s contribution to the role. We will also consider market data as well as the Foundation’s internal pay equity framework. Mellon is equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting and developing exceptional people and offers an excellent work environment.

Contact Information

Candidates should apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter describing fit for the position together with a resume HERE.

The Foundation will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals it believes are most qualified for the position.