Intern, Research, Evaluation and Organizational Effectiveness

Hiring Organization: 
The Commonwealth Fund

Position Description



The Commonwealth Fund


The Commonwealth Fund — among the first private foundations started by a woman philanthropist, Anna M. Harkness — was established in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. Today, the mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.


The intern will provide support related to foundation assessment and report to the Vice President of Survey Research, Evaluation and Organizational Effectiveness who leads the Fund’s organizational performance and program impact assessment activities.  Specific tasks of this internship include:

  • Help manage and analyze data to assess organizational effectiveness and foundation impact.
  • Design, administer and analyze staff experience surveys
  • Use various tools and data sources (Altmetric, media scans, policy document reviews), and compile examples of how the foundation’s work has contributed to policy and practice change.
  • Aggregate qualitative and quantitative data and create data visualizations for different audiences
  • Draft blogs, reports, and PowerPoint charts that summarize findings related to organizational effectiveness and the impact of the Fund’s work.


The Intern position requires demonstrated skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills.
  • Skilled Project Manager, able to keep track of multiple streams of work in an organized manner.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage up to help all team members remain on schedule.
  • Strong data visualization skills
  • Excellent writing skills for both research and policy audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task.
  • A self-starter and a collaborative team player.

The ideal candidate for this Intern position would be a second-year student in an MPA, MPP, or MPH program.

The Fund has a relatively small staff, so judgment, integrity, and the ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in an organization of the Fund’s size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially with a variety of Fund staff and interest in and strong commitment to the Fund’s mission and grants programs are key qualifications.  


This position is anticipated to be 15-20 hours per week starting in September 2021, after Labor Day. It will likely run through June 2022, although that could change depending on the work envisioned.


at the intern will receive a stipend of $25 per hour.


The position is located in our New York City office.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample with the subject line “Intern, Research and Evaluation – [Your Name]” to Denise Huza, Human Resources Specialist, at


Employment at The Commonwealth Fund is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, medical condition, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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