The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. The MacArthur Foundation is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including promoting local justice reform in the United States, advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. The MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations and, in 2020, paid out $271.7 million in grants and impact investments to organizations and individuals in the United States and around the world.

Job Description
General Summary of Internship:
The Office of the General Counsel of the MacArthur Foundation currently consists of a nine-person team that includes the Foundation’s Vice President and General Counsel, a Senior Associate General Counsel, and two Associate General Counsels. The Office of the General Counsel is seeking to provide an in-house internship opportunity to a student currently in law school who has completed at least one year, preferably two years, of law school. The intern will assist the Office of the General Counsel on matters relating to the work of the Office, including state and federal tax-exempt law, general corporate law, intellectual property law, anti-terrorist laws, international law and regulatory issues. The intern will gain skills and experience in legal research, drafting memoranda and Foundation policies, grant agreements and other documents, reviewing contracts, and interfacing with Foundation staff. Additionally, the intern will gain an understanding of the philanthropic sector and organizations working in different countries around the world supported by the Foundation’s national and international grantmaking programs. The Foundation’s Chicago-based Staff work in a hybrid environment with 2 core days in the office. Our summer interns are expected to be located in the Chicagoland area for the duration of the program.

Application Process
Applicants for this internship position must have completed at least a year of law school, and preferably two years, at an accredited law school and be in good academic standing. It would be preferred for the student to have completed a course in tax-exempt organization law.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. As a requirement, students "must be returning back to school" to be eligible. Students meeting these minimum requirements should apply through the MacArthur Foundation website ( The internship posting is listed under the About Us/ Employment tab.

The deadline for the submission of applications for the legal internship will be accepted through January 13th, 2023.