The Cal Wellness Internship 2021

Anywhere in California | Part-time | COVID-19 remote


The California Wellness Foundation is pleased to announce two paid internship opportunities on our team this year. The internship opportunities are:

  1. Intern to the Executive Office: The intern will support the allocation of a portion of the President's Discretionary Grantmaking Fund (PDF), and report directly the President/CEO. This is a great opportunity for an intern, interested in social justice, racial equity, public health, and/or philanthropy to hone their skills in strategy, research and writing skills. And it is an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with a leader in the philanthropic sector.
  2. Digital Communications Internship: The intern will partner with the Digital Communications Manager on digital strategy and tactics; carrying out research tasks; site content creation and curation; social media channel programming and monitoring of community conversations; assist in producing e-newsletter, and tracking digital metrics. This is a great opportunity for a talented individual seeking to merge their interest in digital communications and passion for social justice.

Internship Dates and Schedule
The internship period will begin Monday, June 14.  Interns will work 20-30 hours per week from Monday, June 14 through Friday, August 20.  Additionally, there will be an opportunity to extend the internship from Monday, August 23 through Friday, November 12, for 10-20 hours per week. Some flexibility around schedules is available. 

In 2021, the internship will be based in a virtual/remote environment.  We welcome candidates from anywhere in California. Interns will be provided with a laptop and basic office necessities during the internship period.  

Interns will be paid $20 per hour, subject to standard tax withholding.

We welcome intern applicants who are current or recent undergrads, or “school of life”. Prior professional experience is not a requirement.  What we are looking for is…

  • Demonstrated interest in social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, public health and/or philanthropy.
  • Strong ability to communicate ideas and synthesize research verbally and in writing.
  • Curiosity and critical thinking
  • Technology skills sufficient to operate productively in virtual environment.

To Apply
To complete the application, scroll down and click "Apply".  The Application Questionnaire includes the following questions.  Applications are due by Friday, April 23.  

  • Name / Email / Phone
  • Are you available to dedicate at least 20 hours per week to Cal Wellness from June 14 to August 20? 
  • Are you available to dedicate at least 10 hours to Cal Wellness from August 23 to November 12? 
  • In approximately 300 words or less, why you are interested in this internship?
  • In approximately 500 words or less, please tell us a little bit about yourself. For example, what life experience do you have, and what skills have you gained?  Describe your commitment to social justice and/or diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • If you are interested in the Digital Communications Internship, excellent writing is critical. Please share a link to any publicly available written materials that you have prepared for social media or other digital communications.
  • Resume (optional)

The selection process may include several virtual interviews and an online skills assessment. If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our application process please let us know.

The California Wellness Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse candidate pool.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1992 with a mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California. As one of the largest health-focused foundations in California, with more than $1 billion in assets (as of January 2021), Cal Wellness is a nationally recognized leader for its strategic core operating support for grantees; public policy grantmaking; and a focus on violence as a public health issue. It is Cal Wellness’ desire to promote equity and level the playing field so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, healthy and safe neighborhoods, and quality health care services. The foundation’s current Advancing Wellness grantmaking strategy includes four interrelated portfolios: 1) Equity in Access, 2) Economic Security and Dignity, 3) Community Well-being, and 4) Leading for Power and Change. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded nearly 9,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion. Its annual operating budget is approximately $13M, and its annual grantmaking is more than $47M in 2021.

As Cal Wellness looks to the future, it is pursuing new and innovative strategies beyond its core grantmaking to advance its mission, including implementation of new technology systems, development of its public affairs capacity, and establishing mission- and program-related investment portfolios.

Cal Wellness has a diverse staff of approximately 42 based at our Los Angeles and Oakland offices and a diverse 13-member Board located throughout the state of California. The Foundation’s work underscores a belief that wellness requires social justice, a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and sustained efforts to eliminate systemic barriers that prevent access to health care, education, employment and safety.

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