Now Hiring, BCF Summer Internships

April 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Program Assistant (Summer Intern)

About the Berkeley Community Fund

The Berkeley Community Fund (BCF) provides college scholarships, college success and mentoring support for academically-talented and resilient Berkeley high school students through our High Hopes Scholarship Program and most recently through the Berkeley Promise for Community College Students. Our scholars come from groups generally underrepresented in higher education: students of color, first generation college students, students from lower-income families, and immigrants.  Our goal is to support them in  navigating the demands and challenges of higher education and increase the likelihood that they will successfully obtain a college degree.

BCF has focused on social and economic justice issues and the common good since it was founded in the early nineties. Beginning in 2007, we refined our focus and now use donations from the community to develop and support Berkeley public school graduates on their college journey. Since 2008, we have awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 168 students, all of whom have demonstrated great resilience in overcoming early life challenges. Over 90% of our scholars have earned bachelor’s degrees or are still enrolled in four-year colleges and on-track to graduate.

Position Overview

BCF is recruiting current college students to fill our summer intern positions to support aspiring college students from Berkeley public schools as they prepare to begin their college journeys. These positions welcome students who are interested in gaining meaningful experience in program administration that will help prepare them for their future careers.

Key Responsibilities

Event and Meeting Planning, Support, Set Up and Execution

  • Scholarship Awards Ceremony -- June 12, 2017
  • High Hopes Scholars Summer Orientation -- June  24, 2017
  • Berkeley Summer Send Off -- TBD
  • Summer student one-on-one meetings -- various
  • Annual Dinner -- October

Assist the Executive Director and College Success Manager with activities related to the planning and coordination of BCF events including – but not limited to –

  • Participating in planning meetings
  • Facilitating and leading workshops
  • Contributing ideas for workshops and activities at events
  • Assistance with recruiting sponsors
  • Recruiting student volunteers
  • Making calls and sending emails to students, board members, and other partners
  • Set up, management, and clean up at events
  • Registration management
  • Assistance with volunteer training and supervision
  • Creation of marketing and communications materials
  • Creating, printing/copying and organizing event materials
  • Creating and sending out mailings
  • Data entry and filing
  • Assistance with website, email communication and social media
  • Various other tasks as assigned


Three to four months over the summer starting as early as mid-May and ending as late as mid-September depending on when school ends and begins. For students who attend school in the Bay Area, this position may extend through the Fall.


Successful candidates must be Berkeley residents (be able to show proof), current college students under age 25 and will possess the following:

  • Passion for creating educational opportunity and equity.
  • Organized and dependable.
  • Be able to adapt to a variable work environment.
  • Comfort with the use of technology, cloud-based software, and social media.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to self-manage and meet internal deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.


Each intern is an employee of the City of Berkeley through the YouthWorks program. To be hired you must complete an application and interview with the YouthWorks coordinator and be accepted into the program. Pay is $10.50/hour + 6.87% benefits. Number of hours per week are negotiable (20+) based on successful candidate’s summer schedule. In addition, each intern will receive transportation support and an additional cash stipend monthly from BCF dependent on the number of hours worked.

Work Environment

The BCF has a small office located on the bottom floor of the YMCA PG&E Teen Center in downtown Berkeley, close to BART, with numerous lunch and coffee break destinations.

If you are interested in applying, please submit you resume and cover letter to:
Joleen Ruffin
Executive Director
Your cover letter should tell us why you are interested in this position and what you hope to learn.