Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women’s rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations. 

Job Profile

The objective of the internship program with Open Society’s Office of the President is to expose participants to the methodologies used within the executive office of a nonprofit organization in pursuit of good governance.

Interns will be instructed, and receive hands-on training, on some of the broad range of activities involved in addressing the legal, business, policy, and organizational issues confronted by various Open Society programs and projects, including but not limited to, cultivating knowledge about open society strategies, contacts with partner organizations and grantees, and connections to the Foundations’ leadership in studies associated with a project. The interns will receive their training in the context of the Office of the President.

With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for researching issues and for engaging with partners and grantees, related to human rights related operations.  The intern will work with the Grants Unit of the President’s Office providing assistance with a) the development of the New Executives Fund, an initiative that provides support to newly appointed nonprofit executive directors, and b) daily management of the grantmaking portfolios.

The intern will be assigned a special research project focused on developing a menu of capacity-building resources that will be made available to grantees of the New Executives Fund. This will require both desk research and meetings with individuals and individuals that provide capacity-building support (i.e., fundraising workshops, leadership coaching, financial management courses, etc.).


For this internship program, Open Society seeks an individual currently enrolled in a relevant graduate or undergraduate program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidate will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.

Upon acceptance, the intern will need to provide a letter from their university indicating that they are receiving credit and/or funding for the internship.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Unpaid, lunch provided.
Application Instructions

Please send a letter of interest and resume experience before September 1, 2014, to Include the internship code in subject line: OOP-Intern.