Philanthropic Advisory – Summer Associate 2020

Hiring Organization: 
Bessemer Trust
City and State: 
New York, NY or Los Angeles, CA

Position Overview:

Drawing on Bessemer’s more than 100-year history of advising wealthy families, our Philanthropic Advisory team delivers best-in-class expertise to clients, whether philanthropy is a longstanding commitment or a new endeavor. Bessemer currently manages nearly $7 billion in philanthropic assets representing private foundations, public charities, and donor-advised funds. Collectively our clients give nearly $350 million in grants and charitable contributions each year.

The Summer Associate will support the Philanthropic Advisory team on several timely projects. Projects will include client-related research; knowledge management and content creation on a variety of topics in philanthropy, for both internal and external audiences; strategic internal initiatives; and more.

The Summer Associate must be based out of either the New York or Los Angeles offices, supporting internal advisory teams nationally. Qualifications include a minimum of 2-3 years of direct experience in philanthropy, fundraising, grantmaking, and/or wealth management. The internship length will be approximately eight to ten weeks from June through August 2020.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support on special projects that involve:
    • Developing internal resources, tools, and training modules for colleagues on timely philanthropic topics, trends, and frequently asked questions 
    • Identifying prospective foundation and endowment clients
    • Researching and planning internal and external philanthropy events
  • Support on complex client engagements that involve:
    • Conducting issue-area research, landscape analyses, and due diligence on organizations
    • Aggregating and streamlining the delivery of technical guidance on foundation governance, tax issues, gift agreements, and self-dealing concerns
    • Identifying opportunities for client engagement such as nonprofit board service, relevant trainings, and volunteering offerings
  • Compliance with and sensitivity to confidentiality across all aspects of working in a multi-family office setting

Position Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree and must be currently pursuing Master’s degree in relevant field (business, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, public policy, law, etc.)
  • 2-3 years of related experience in philanthropy, fundraising, grantmaking, and/or wealth management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or similar CRM system preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, responsible for multiple priorities and projects
  • Collaborative; comfortable working on a small team
  • Exercises good judgement and spirit of curiosity
  • Demonstrated alignment with Bessemer’s core values: client-centricity, collaboration, proactivity, stewardship, and integrity.

Application Requirements and Deadline:

  • Application must include a one page resume and one page cover letter
  • Applications must be submitted on or before Tuesday, December 17th at 11:59PM EST


  • Bessemer Trust offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience

To Apply: 

Please use the links belore to apply for the position.

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Bessemer is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.


How to Apply: 
Visit Bessemer Trust's career website to apply.
Application Deadline: 
December 17, 2019
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