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"Being a Legacy Intern allowed me to network with professional organizations, gain more leadership skills and be a mentee while sharing wisdom with postsecondary scholars. I was able to give back to a program that provided so much for my education and see the behind-the-scenes work that the KSI staff incorporates into the program daily."
 - Marquita Edwards, 2016 Legacy Intern, Class 4

What is The Legacy Internship?

The Legacy Internship provides an opportunity for KSI postsecondary scholars to gain professional work experience and develop their leadership skills during an exclusive, paid, summer internship at Kauffman Scholars, Inc. (KSI):
  • 8-week summer internship (June 1 - July 28);
  • Open to KSI postsecondary scholars (Class 4- Class 7);
  • $15 per hour; 36-hour work week;
  • Six (6) interns will be selected.

Legacy Interns will work closely with KSI staff and the Kauffman Foundation Education Team to execute KSI summer programming, education initiatives and community service. In addition, Legacy Interns will participate in weekly professional development workshops and leadership training to increase their career readiness.

Internship Description

For detailed information regarding the job description, qualifications and responsibilities please click here. All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. Scholars who do not meet the below criteria will not be considered:
  • Class 4, 5, 6 or 7 scholars;
  • 2.5 or greater cumulative GPA;
  • Current or active progress towards "GOOD STANDING" program status;
  • Commitment to participating in the full 8-week internship;
  • Possess a deep identification and appreciation for KSI and the legacy of Ewing Marion Kauffman;
  • Reliable transportation.

How to Apply

The 2017 Legacy Internship application opens February 15 - March 1. Interested scholars must submit an application, resume, cover letter and video by March 1 to Interested scholars must submit an application, resume, cover letter and video by March 1 to to be considered for an interview. Incomplete or late application materials will not be reviewed after March 1.

1.  Complete the application (opens February 15 - March 1) here:

  • Must be logged into email account;
  • Application cannot be saved and opened later.

2.  Email your one (1) page resume and professional cover letter to

  • Use your email account ONLY;
  • Include "2017 Legacy Internship_Class#_FirstInitialLastName" in the email subject;
  • Send resume, cover letter and video as attachments in one (1) email (preferred);
  • Use professional language in the body of your email.

3.  Submit a one (1) minute video responding to the following prompt:

As a scholar, please describe how you live out one (1) of the bolded words in the following Kauffman credo:

I am priviledged
to be a steward of
Mr. Kauffman's legacy.
I will pursue excellence,
guided by respect,
humility, and openness,
leavened with humor
to advance an
uncommon Foundation.

Video Submission Guidelines:

    • Total time must not exceed one (1) minute.
    • State your name, KSI class, college/university and major at the beginning.
    • Acceptable submission formats include, but are not limited to, iPhone, iMovie, MP4, etc.
    • File size must be transferrable by email or shareable via Google Drive.
    • Video background must be clear of any distractions.
    • Creative expression and freedom with video response is accepted and encouraged.
    • After completion, please send the video along with your resume and cover letter to

4.  Interviews will be conducted March 16 - 21 at the Kauffman Foundation:

  • Qualified applicants will be notified of interview opportunity via email account.
  • Interview candidates will have one (1) week to select a 30-minute interview slot.
  • Business professional dress is required for all interviews.

5.  If you have questions please contact the Legacy Internship Team at