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Pay your interns & more resources for an inclusive and equitable nonprofit

Updated: Jul 8




Striving to be more equitable, inclusive and diverse in your nonprofit? The work starts with all of us and requires growth and commitment to the process. Check out resources below to learn more on how to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in your nonprofit.


With internship recruitment season coming soon --- we think it is really important to make sure you pay your interns. You should pay your interns and also make sure to list out the hourly rate and/or salary right in the position description. Listing the salary of your internship pay and also paying interns creates a more equitable process. Also, think about all the hours you spend training your interns - we know - it is a lot! It can be a great opportunity to transition interns into paid staff after their experience of serving as a paid intern. In our own experience, paid interns more likely stay on paid staff rather than unpaid interns. Check some of the articles below on why it is important to pay your interns.


We also wanted to share some others resources from organizations, community leaders, videos and books that are helpful in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at your nonprofit.


5 Hiring Pitfalls To Avoid—If You Want Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Leadership by Vincent Robinson | Link to Article


Always list salaries on job postings | Understand why here, here, here and here


An Antiracist Reading List by Professor Ibram Kendi | See list here


How Microaggressions are Like Mosquito Bites | Like to Video


Pay your interns | Understand why here, here, here and here


Racial Equity Tools | Link to Website


Seeing and Naming Racism in Nonprofit and Public Organizations | Link to Resource


The Danger of a Single Story by Novelist Chimamanda Adichie | Link to Video


“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, by Beverly Daniel Tatum | Purchase from keybookstore


p.s. Don't forget to pay your interns - it is also required

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