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Spring Intern – Strategy & Advocacy Department

Reinvestment Fund is a mission-driven financial institution committed to making communities work for all people. As a federally certified community development financial institution (CDFI), we bring financial and analytical tools to partnerships that work to ensure that everyone has access to essential opportunities: affordable places to live, access to nutritious food and health care, schools where their children can flourish, and strong, local businesses that support jobs. We use data to understand markets, communities, and impediments to opportunity—and how investment and policy decisions can have the most powerful impact. We are part of coalitions that work to shift how entire sectors work to dismantle systems that perpetuate social and economic inequality.

Since our founding, we have put more than $2.4 billion to work for good — investing in projects that are both targeted and transformative. We have worked with scores of policymakers in cities, states, and federal agencies and helped millions of people nationwide access critical services and amenities. By tailoring financing solutions, fostering local partnerships, building coalitions, and informing strategies for tackling systemic injustices, we are charting paths and forging collaborations that catalyze positive, lasting impact.

Reinvestment Fund is committed to be an employer of choice for students looking to work in a community development financial institution with industry leaders. We have worked hard to be recognized nationally for our combination of expert knowledge, innovative strategies and proven results. Reinvestment Fund’s business environment provides students with ample opportunity for personal growth and success.

About the position

Reinvestment Fund is currently hiring a graduate intern within the Strategy & Advocacy Department to support the Program Initiatives team. Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC) is a an initiative of Reinvestment Fund, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that seeks to increase and influence equitable investments in built environment projects that improve well-being and health in four cities in New Jersey: Asbury Park, Camden, Newark, and Paterson. The Invest Health initiative is a program working on aligned topics with 50 small- to mid-sized cities across the US, that is currently focusing on sustaining the work done by city teams in its final phase.

This position is a great opportunity for those interested in advancing their understanding of the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry, developing a health and equity-focused community development lens, and understanding policy and practice at the intersection of community development and health, both on the national scale, and in New Jersey. 

The graduate program intern will support Invest Health and BHEC work through:
• Participation in program initiative team and stakeholder meetings
• Drafting program organizational and communication content
• Assisting in background research and publication literature reviews
• Providing other program related tasks as needed
• Opportunities to support the Strategy and Advocacy department in other programs may also arise.

When Reinvestment Fund’s Philadelphia office is closed for social distancing, the individual will work remotely and be expected to work independently and collaboratively with staff and program participants.

Education, Experience, and Skills
To perform this job successfully, responsible students must:
• Be enrolled in graduate level studies in community development, city planning, public policy, geography, economics, public health, or other related fields.
• Have proficient research and problem solving skills.
• Have the ability to take initiative, as well as work independently when needed.
• Demonstrate a high degree of independent decision making and communication skills. The decisions of students in these positions could directly affect the operation and success of the project or program.
• Experience with MS Office Suite.
• Students should be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week during the spring semester.

Please complete the online application and attach your resume and a cover letter.

Reinvestment Fund uses E-Verify to validate all new hires’ ability to legally work in the United States. Reinvestment Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, national origin, non-job related disability, or status as a veteran. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Reinvestment Fund is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout our Organization and in our external investment practices.

Reinvestment Fund, Inc. has an affiliate, RF Impact Advisers, Inc. (“RFIA”) that is a state-registered investment adviser. In order to advance compliance with and prevent violations of federal and state securities laws and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, RFIA has adopted a Code of Ethics to govern certain conduct of its staff, including certain staff of Reinvestment Fund because Reinvestment Fund is an advisory affiliate of RFIA. As part of this Code of Ethics, there are specific personal reporting and other requirements and disclosures of personal financial and/or securities transactions information. For certain individuals this reporting will extend to your household members. You may be subject to a background check.

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