Santa Barbara Foundation Internship 2024

Santa Barbara Foundation

Organization: Santa Barbara Foundation

The Santa Barbara Foundation is the largest community foundation between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live, work, play, and visit Santa Barbara County. Working in partnership with individuals, community organizations, nonprofits, business, education, and government, the Foundation strives to address local communities’ most challenging needs. Recognizing that its work depends on the strength of the social sector, the Foundation is committed to the health and vitality of local nonprofits. Nearly every Santa Barbara County nonprofit organization and essential community project has been supported by the Foundation during its 95-year history. At the heart of the Foundation’s work is its donors, whose charitable goals and philanthropic spirit support the Foundation’s capacity to lead and respond to the challenges unique to the region. The Foundation connects philanthropists, subject matter experts, and community members facing challenges – all who dream of stronger communities in Santa Barbara County.

To learn more about SBF and its Housing Affordability Project, recent successes, and new five-year Strategic Plan Roadmap, please visit, follow SBF on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and X, and particularly, read the SBF Housing Affordability Report, Strategic Plan Roadmap, 2023 State of Nonprofits in Santa Barbara County Report, and 2022 Annual Report.

Position: Nonprofit Marketing and Communications Fellow

The Nonprofit Marketing and Communications Fellow will build out new storytelling-focused communications across all Santa Barbara Foundation channels, culminating in a comprehensive communications project with a particular topic-area focus, such as Housing Affordability or one of the special initiatives in Community Health Workers/Promotors workforce development, Digital Equity in Santa Barbara County/Tri-Counties Region, or Child Care Expansion and Professional Development. Superb written communications, creativity, drive, and reliability required, and editing experience preferred. Spanish language fluency a plus, but not necessary.

Internship Objectives:

  • Develop knowledge and skills in marketing and communication
  • Gain professional experience in nonprofit and community foundation marketing and fundraising support

Internship Duties:

  • Support the Santa Barbara Foundation’s storytelling capacity for complex and multifaceted collaborative initiatives
  • Write marketing and communication across channels: social media, website blog and page design, email marketing, video content development, newsletter content, print collateral, presentation decks, and more
  • Collaborate with SBF Philanthropic Services and Programs Teams on donor cultivation and stewardship and public-facing communications to demonstrate impact

The internship will take place for ten weeks (20 hours/week) beginning in June 2024. It will include both in-person and optional remote work.