Internship - Grants Intern (Summer 2020); 11th Hour Racing

Job Title: 
Internship - Grants Intern (Summer 2020)
Job Location: 
Newport, RI
Summer 2020, Part-time, Flexible
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 14, 2020

11th Hour Racing Position Description Grants Intern (Part-Time) Worksite: Newport, RI Remote Work: No Preferred Start Date: Early May or Early June 2020 Preferred End Date: August 2020, flexible Details: Part-time 2-3 days/week, hours to be agreed

SUMMARY 11th Hour Racing, a Newport RI-based organization, is committed to an innovative approach blending sport sponsorship and philanthropic giving to protect the health of our oceans and waters. We are looking for a mature college student interested in grantmaking, philanthropy, and, ideally, the intersection of sport and ocean health to join our team for Summer 2020. The intern will work with our small in-house grantmaking team and will get hands-on experience from the funder side of ocean health-related grant work.

The internship is an hourly, paid part time role in the 11th Hour Racing offices; final schedule to be agreed between intern and company. The internship can be taken for course credit as well if the student so desires. This position is based in Newport, RI.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES The chosen candidate will work on a range of issues related to grantmaking in the fields of experiential and STEM education, marine plastic pollution, coastal restoration, and technologies and best practices to advance ocean health and address climate change. The intern is expected to interact closely with 11th Hour Racing staff members and engage with a wide range of grantees. The intern will be given responsibilities based on experience and skills, which may include the following:

  • Assist in the review and evaluation of grant proposals and final reports
  • Conduct research on emerging initiatives and prospective grantees related to the program’s grantmaking strategy
  • Draft short reports, memos, briefs, correspondence, and other written materials in support of ongoing initiatives
  • Assist in maintaining positive and productive partner and grantee relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals
  • Investigate and share findings of current initiatives and research in experiential education, pollution, and marine conservation as they relate to organizational objectives
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of events, conferences, meetings, calls, and presentations
  • Participate in group discussions and contribute insights, ideas, and feedback on related to grantees or pertinent topics and issues
  • Research and share with grantees potential funding opportunities related to ongoing grants and ocean health
  • Assist with other projects and activities as assigned


  • Brings a passion for the mission of 11th Hour Racing
  • Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English; French language skills a plus
  • Ability to work legally in the United States


  • Applicant must be a rising senior (or have completed an undergraduate degree in the past 6 months) or be pursing a masters degree in relevant disciplines with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position
  • Preference will be given to candidates with background or knowledge in Marine or Ocean Sciences, Sustainability, Experiential Education, Environmental Studies, or similar disciplines
  • Interest in philanthropy, grantmaking, nonprofits and NGO engagement, and ocean health preferred
  • Excellent word processing skills and fluency with MS Office and Google Suite
  • Strong research skills


WORKING ENVIRONMENT/MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Approximately 90% of time spent on the job involves the use of a video display terminal; therefore, the candidate must be able to sit for extended periods and to utilize standard ergonomics practices. This position primarily works in an office environment, requiring the following activity: lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 50 pounds, kneeling, and bending. Must be able to use standard office equipment such as copiers and faxes.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY 11th Hour Racing is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued and supported. 11th Hour Racing believes that diversity brings about greater sustainability on all levels and aims to use its resources to generate greater social and environmental diversity through its grantmaking and other related investments. 11th Hour Racing is committed to considering candidates for employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability and any other status protected under applicable law, and provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. We actively invite people of all backgrounds to apply with us.

OTHER INFORMATION Interns must adhere to all applicable organizational policies and procedures. Regular and predictable attendance is required. A background check will be conducted for the final candidate.

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