Paid/For-Credit Internships

CLIMB Fund is a non-profit focused on creating wealth for those in South Carolina who have historically been denied access to capital. As a federal and state certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CLIMB Fund provides flexible business lending products, along with extensive business consultation services, to women-owned, BIPOC-owned, low-income, veteran, and other underserved business owners.

CLIMB Fund is a dynamic organization with a small, but highly effective, staff that makes loans, serves clients, and raises operating support through a combination of donations, grants, and impact investments. It is an ideal place for students interested in small business, finance, community impact, and/or non-profit careers to gain experience in the Charleston area.


CLIMB Fund's Community Development Internship offers students the opportunity to be directly involved with the operations of a non-profit financial institution committed to addressing economic inequality in South Carolina.  Job duties are listed in detail below but all interns’ work will include, at least to some extent, various business functions related to lending, finance, operations, and marketing.

Support CLIMB Fund lending team’s efforts to organize, review, and underwrite applications for new loans and loan modifications.

Contribute to the preparation of necessary documents for loan closings, modifications, satisfactions, and terminations.

Assist with preparation of reports to funding partners, board of directors, and oversight agencies.

Aid CLIMB Fund development efforts to raise loan capital and support organizational operations.

Assist with relationship management and loan servicing of over 190 active loans to local small businesses in CLIMB Fund loan portfolio.

Collect, analyze, and present data on the financial health of the CLIMB Fund and its borrowers.

Perform other research on CDFI & 501c3 best practices to be incorporated by the CLIMB Fund.

Support general office operations including greeting visitors, answering phones, managing correspondence & supplies, running errands, and other administrative duties as assigned.

Assist with content creation and editing of CLIMB Fund stakeholder communications via print, email, social media, and web channels.

Identify, and execute on, opportunities for community outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Capstone Project:

In addition to assisting the various CLIMB Fund business functions as described above, interns will work on an in-depth special project over the duration of their internship that is critical to the success of the organization and its stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a professional office setting.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Completion of High School degree, or GED equivalent.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with sensitive client and organizational information.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pursuing degree in a field related to business, community development, or social justice.
  • Strong knowledge of, and experience with, community needs & engagement in South Carolina.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in multiple languages.



Benefits, Hours, and Compensation:

CLIMB Fund can offer compensation and/or course credit based on the requirements of our partnering academic institution.  Financial compensation, if sanctioned by the academic institution, is $15 per hour.

Interns are expected to be available at least 15 hours per week during the academic year, and at least 32 hours per week over the summer.  Interns are considered temporary employees and not eligible for full-time health, retirement, or other benefits.  Reasonable consideration of time-off requests will be made.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Emily Fender at

CLIMB Fund is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to every individual being entitled to equal employment opportunity.  Applications are welcomed and strongly encouraged from people of all races, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, gender identities, faiths, & immigrant communities.