If you have paid internship opportunities that you would like to make available to Point Scholars, please contact Point's Conference & Internship Manager Chris Aguilar Garcia. Shown below are some of the most common fields of study for our scholar population.
Nonprofit Internship Program
For the past four years, Point has partnered with The Palette Fund to offer Point Scholars the opportunity to work in paid internship positions at the nonprofit organization of the scholar’s choice. Each scholar received real work experience in the LGBTQ community, and the nonprofit organizations benefited by having a passionate and gifted student work for them during the summer without having to worry about using funds from their respective budget to cover the cost of the internship.
Point’s Nonprofit Internship Program provides Point Scholars with full-time career-related work experience that connects their academic preparation to their career aspirations. The scope of the program includes organizations in a variety of nonprofit sectors that are willing to offer paid internships that consist of meaningful, professional work assignments. Internships are full-time, average ten weeks in duration, and provide Point Scholars a competitive wage based upon their level of experience and the requirements of the position.
The Nonprofit Internship Program has been immensely popular with our scholars, and the application process for the internship slots has been competitive. The nonprofit organizations that have hosted these interns report that they received great value from the Palette interns, and they would be eager to accept interns from the program in the future.
How it Works
The Nonprofit Internship Program begins with an application, which is made available to all Point Scholars in early spring. The application requests academic goals, demographic information, and work history. Most importantly, applicants are asked to create their own job description and write an essay on how the proposed internship would benefit their academic, career and personal goals, as well as the LGBTQ community and the respective nonprofit organization where they aspired to work. Subsequent to submitting an application, scholars are interviewed by phone by a Point Foundation Internship Subcommittee member and Point staff. To rank the candidates fairly during the interviews, a standard set of questions and a score sheet is used based on the criteria shown below.
- Interest, motivation and natural progression.
- Impact on the organization, its mission, the LGBT movement and LGBT youth homelessness.
- Thoughtfulness: has the applicant thought the project through carefully and chosen an organization that is committed to the project?
- Professionalism, maturity, readiness for role, and potential to progress.
After reviewing the scores from the phone interviews and developing a shortlist of the top candidates, the Palette Fund and Point move forward with those who have the highest scores. Throughout the course of their internship, each scholar is required to check in with a member of Point’s Internship Subcommittee to discuss the progress that they are making on their goals. At the conclusion of the internship, each scholar and their supervisor complete an evaluation.
Maggie Keenan-Bolger interned with Green Chimneys NYC Division, an organization that is dedicated to creating safe space for LGBTQ youth who are in foster care or homeless. During her internship, she had three main projects. First, she filmed, edited, and distributed a digital scrapbook for the residents of the Green Chimneys Gramercy Residence for youth in foster care, all of whom were transferred into other programs, as the Gramercy Residence was closed. Second, she assisted the youth and staff with preparations for the 2013 Pride Parade. Third, she wrote, produced, and directed a theatrical production called Not Just Another Coming Out Story, which told the story of many of the people Ms. Keenan-Bolger worked with at Green Chimneys. The sold-out performance was presented as a benefit for Green Chimneys.
|Maggie Keenan-Bolger with the cast of Not Just Another Coming Out Story