Murdock Charitable Trust’s Summer Internship Program
Each summer the Murdock Trust invites several college students (usually rising seniors, or recent graduates) to explore the philanthropic sector with special attention on non-profit leadership and management. The internship is ten weeks in length, and participants are invited to observe and participate in the daily work of the Trust. During the internship students are introduced to the grant/proposal process, including shadowing site visits with potential grantees. Interns are also given an overview of various Trust roles and processes, including investment, program, enrichment, finance, and conference planning.
Past — Interns
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Keisha comes to us from Vancouver, Washington, and just graduated from George Fox University, with a major in Organizational Communication. She was a valued member of the George Fox women’s basketball team and completed an internship in research and marketing at Chehalem Youth and Family Services. Keisha has volunteered at the Washington Family Ranch Young Life camp. Her goals are to give back to the community through her work, hopefully with young people.
Hailing from McCall, Idaho, Brianna recently graduated from Concordia University in Portland, majoring in English, with a minor in Business. During college, she was president of the Honors Club, a writing tutor, a volunteer with Campus Ministries, and a resident assistant. Brianna also worked with an anti-trafficking nonprofit, participated in many of Concordia’s Days of Service, and volunteered with the university’s homeless outreach. After her internship at the Murdock Trust this summer, she hopes to work for a non-profit organization that shares her values. She has a strong interest in the areas of fund development and grantwriting.
Sagen, whose hometown is Salem, Oregon, will graduate from Whitworth University next year with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish and a minor in Theology. He has participated in Whitworth’s Central American study program and in a cultural summer exchange to Costa Rica during high school. Sagen juggles his college studies with work as a support counselor for disabled children. Sagen will return to Whitworth this coming fall for his senior year.
A May 2012 graduate of North Park University, Kaleb earned a B.A. in Global Studies. He grew up in McMinnville, Oregon, and outside of his studies, he was active in cross country and track. He also completed a study abroad in Sweden, which led to his capstone work about the global political economy between Scandinavia and Africa. Kaleb has been a youth camp counselor and volunteered for University Ministries and McMinnville Habitat for Humanity. He hopes to work in areas of economic, social, and cultural development and would gladly travel anywhere to realize his goals.
Kelly joins us this summer as a fellowship recipient of the J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Award, which requires her to complete a minimum of 300 hours of service for a private non-profit organization or government entity. She is a sophomore honors student at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., majoring in International Affairs, where she is active in student government and mentoring underprivileged children through athletics. Kelly is a competitive runner and running coach and has been active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During her time at the Trust this summer she will explore the philanthropic sector, with special attention on non-profit leadership and management, and experience the Trust grantmaking processes and those of other foundations.
Shapiro Public Service Award Fellow/Intern — 2011
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Kylie comes to us from Issaquah, Washington, and will graduate from Whitworth University in Spokane in May 2012. She is studying International Business and Spanish and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the business school. This year she traveled to Central America for January Term and hopes to return there after graduation to work in community development. Kylie has been active in Young Life and is honing her leadership and mentoring skills there as a youth development leader.
A student at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Oregon, Kole is studying Finance and will graduate in June 2012. He grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, and outside of his studies, he has been active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes running sports camps for youth. After graduation, Kole hopes to work in sales, marketing, or finance. A dedicated sportsman, he plays football for Linfield, shoots hoops, snowboards, and plans to hike the Pacific Coast Trail.
Kari, whose hometown is Kent, Washington, graduated from Washington State University in May 2011 with a degree in Intercultural Communication and a minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies. While at WSU, she spent a semester in Ireland at the University of Limerick. Kari is a team leader with the Palouse Empire Young Life chapter, mentoring middle school students. She and her family have also volunteered for World Relief in the area of refugee resettlement. Following her internship, Kari hopes to pursue work in an organization that serves intercultural populations.
Kevin, from Portland, Oregon, will graduate from Linfield College in June 2011 with a degree in Business Marketing. During a recent semester, he had the opportunity to travel to Argentina to study Ecotourism. His volunteer activities include Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After his summer at the Murdock Trust, Kevin will begin a year-long internship with University Presbyterian Church in Seattle assisting in college ministry. Kevin loves all kinds of sports, both as a participant and as a fan.