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Bader Philanthropies Intern Program

Bader Philanthropies is committed to improving the quality of life of the diverse global communities in which it works.

The Foundation does this primarily through its funding and convening. But, another important way the Foundation manifests its mission is through a year-long internship program which started in 1999 with one intern focused on administrative tasks.

Today, the internship program offers paid, part-time opportunities for five promising individuals, who provide critical support to every area of the Foundation – program, operations, communications and engagement.

The goal of the internship program is to offer meaningful and experiential learning opportunities for individuals who are pursuing a postsecondary education. In addition, the Foundation exposes interns to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, regardless of an individual’s career goals.

Many interns have been able to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to workplace projects and develop interpersonal communication and team skills. Examples of intern projects and contributions include coordinating event logistics; supporting projects; analyzing and presenting social media analytics and supporting the creation of collateral materials such as annual reports and e-newsletters.

Learn more about our internship program by contacting our Enterprise Systems Director, Kim Thao.

Meet our current interns

Daeja Hollins, Program Administrative Intern

Senior at Mount Mary University majoring in Communications & Sociology.

Responsibilities at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. include:

  • Notifying grantees of overdue reports
  • Scheduling meetings and managing calendars
  • Completing various projects assigned by the program team
  • Updating GMS with property management forms, events, and onsite visit notes

Personal Interests:

Running and hiking, camping, traveling, art and fashion, and spending time with family, friends, and pets.

Keyanna Bell, Community Administrative Intern

Junior at Arizona State University, Majoring in Sociology B.S.

Responsibilities at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. include:

  • Researches and coordinates various processes to distribute information to community residents;
  • Tracks and promotes all engagement opportunities for staff to attend and participate;
  • Supports engagement activities (i.e. Juneteenth) in coordination with the Community Engagement Officer;
  • Records number of hours expended and the number of people impacted by a project;

Personal Interests:

Hiking, water sports activities, painting, journaling, and listening to R&B music.

Lexi Porras, Social Media/Communications Intern

Senior at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in Design and Visual Communication.

Responsibilities at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. include:

  • Designing flyers, ads and online invitations for community sponsored and Bader Philanthropies events
  • Writing content and scheduling posts for social media platforms
  • Creating a monthly e-newsletter featuring spotlights on different partner organizations distributed to all Bader Philanthropies Partners
  • Contributing and updating content for the Bader Philanthropies website

Personal Interests:

Reading, listening to podcasts and music, hand-lettering, motion graphics, and augmented reality.

Madeline Taphorn, Social Media/Communications Intern

Senior at Marquette University majoring in Public Relations, with a minor in Sociology & Graphic Design.

Responsibilities at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. include:

  • Designing flyers, ads and online invitations for community sponsored and Bader Philanthropies events
  • Writing content and scheduling posts for social media platforms
  • Creating a monthly e-newsletter featuring spotlights on different partner organizations distributed to all Bader Philanthropies Partners
  • Contributing and updating content for the Bader Philanthropies website

Personal Interests:

Crocheting, painting, listening to music, graphic design, traveling, and writing.

Sofia Walz-Chojnacki , Office Assistant Intern

Responsibilities at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. include:

  • Coordinates office and hospitality supply inventory
  • Enters daily meetings and guests in the Event Manager
  • Assists with scanning and uploading files in the Grants Management System
  • Assists with room set up and tear down for meetings and events

Personal Interests:

Special Olympics (track, basketball and bowling), fashion, country and western music, and adult coloring books.

Tova Handler, Office Assistant Intern

Responsibilities at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. include:

  • Creating monthly reports about events and projects at the Foundation
  • Archiving past grants and updating contacts
  • Restocking and ordering food and supplies for the office
  • Compiling billing records using Quickbooks
  • Overseeing kosher catering

Personal Interests:

Reading, cooking, baking, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.