Third Wave Fund


Third Wave Fund is the only activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old in the US. We ensure young women, queer, and trans youth of color have the tools and resources they need to lead powerful movements, and that they have a seat at the table within philanthropy. Third Wave supports gender justice groups from the ground up with rapid response grants, long-term funding for emerging groups, and capacity building. We fund nationally, with a particular focus on issues and geographic areas that are philanthropically under-resourced and bring important intersections into existing feminist, LGBTQ, and social justice movements.


  • Gender Justice

Internship description: 

Third Wave Fund seeks a Summer 2018 intern to support our Programs Team with grantee support, foundation research, and other projects. This is an opportunity to increase skills and knowledge of the social justice philanthropic sector and nonprofit funding. As a national organization with four full-time staff, the Programs Intern will have an opportunity to take initiative and ownership of key projects. We have a good balance of structured opportunities and flexibility to allow for someone to explore their interests within social justice philanthropy.

Anticipated Projects and Activities:

All projects and activities will take place in collaboration with the Programs Team and may include:

  • Supporting our Program Assistant with monthly rapid response funding, including application review, grantee communication, and follow-up reporting
  • Relationship building with multi-year grantees, including reporting and check-in / coaching calls with Program Officer
  • Conducting outreach to share Third Wave's funding opportunities with new organizations
  • Networking with and interfacing with funder colleagues through various funder networks that Third Wave belongs to (Funders for Repro Equity, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders for Justice, rapid response coordinators table)
  • Working with the Program Team to develop and implement an impact evaluation system
  • Researching philanthropic resources and trends
  • Helping to prepare training and education materials for philanthropic advocacy 

Work Environment:

  • This position requires access to a laptop computer, as we do not have desktop computer workstations. We may have a laptop available for daily use but it would not available to take home at night.
  • This position requires regular internal and external communication by phone and email and the ability to read, write, and speak in English.
  • There is no out-of-state travel for this position. Regular use of or access to a vehicle is not required.
  • This position has no physical demands or requirements with regards to walking, standing, climbing, lifting, or carrying.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Familiarity with youth-led reproductive and/or gender justice activism, organizing, direct action and/or healing justice (campus or community-based)
  • Familiarity with and/or a desire to learn about the philanthropic and foundation sector
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Google applications (Drive, Calendar, etc.) and social media platforms

Languages required: 

Regular internal and external communication by phone and email and the ability to read, write, and speak English.


  • Chicago, IL

How to find us: 

We utilize a coworking space called The Shift, located in the Uptown and Buena Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side. The Red Line to Sheridan is a 5 minute walk and there are numerous bus options.

Work hours: 

M - Th flexible within an 8AM-6PM work day

Dress code: 

Casual and self-affirming

Office building accessibility: 

Our Chicago coworking space is ADA accessible, with a ramp up to the entrance and a single-stall all-gender bathroom.

How many people work at the organization: 

In 2018, we will have 5 full-time staff - 3 in Chicago and 2 in NYC.

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 


Internship dates: