Where leaders come to learn: The Farber Program

The Farber Program provides 10-week-long internships for current graduate students pursuing their MBA or other degrees who want to explore careers in social enterprise. The summer-long positions at REDF or our portfolio organizations offer the opportunity to apply your business skills to strategic projects. Intense, hands-on, and practical, a Farber Internship offers frontline experience, backed by professional development workshops designed to enhance your non-profit management skills. For more information about the internship program, please see our Farber Internship FAQs.

To learn about our incredible alumni and their experiences as a Farber intern, read our 2017 intern profiles, our Farber blog series, or visit our alumni directory.

If you have any additional questions, please email us at farber@redf.org.

The summer of 2018 REDF Farber application is now closed.


Michael Farber for website

In 1997, REDF established the Farber Program, in partnership with the Phalarope Foundation, to honor the life and work of Michael E. Farber who passed away in 1996. During his tenure at Rubicon Programs from 1989 to 1996, Michael brought about dramatic growth in Rubicon’s social enterprises and specifically, Rubicon Bakery. Through his demonstrated entrepreneurial talent, business acumen, and passion for serving those who were economically disadvantaged, Michael was an inspiring example of a new breed of social entrepreneur. In honor of this pioneering work, REDF inaugurated the Farber Program to encourage graduate level students to use their experience and skills to work for employment-focused social enterprise, and to make a difference in people’s lives, just as Michael did.