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 front-line experience, backed by professional development workshops designed to enhance your nonprofit management skills.

The application for the summer of 2017 is now closed.

For more information about the internship program, please see our Farber Internship FAQs. To get a better sense of the types of projects interns work on, please see here for background on our interns from 2016 and their projects. To read the blog series written by our Farber interns and alumni, click here.

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

History

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 are disabled, homeless or otherwise 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.