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10 Internships at Chicago Nonprofits

How often have you heard the question “what must be done?” Nonprofit work helps build communities by providing services, goods and resources to meet community needs. Take a look at these 10 nonprofit organizations that you can dedicate your time to.

Communications & Marketing Intern | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) is seeking an intern to assist with its marketing, communications and graphic design efforts. This position will assist the Communications & Marketing Manager in the creation and production of materials, promotion of events and programs, and execution of all marketing and communications logistics.

Business Services Specialist Internship | Hana Center

The Business Services Specialist is responsible for: outreach regarding HANA Center programs, establishing new employer relationships, cultivate employer partnerships to develop enriching, high quality employment opportunities for HANA Center Workforce Empowerment participants, and effectively support community members with identifying employment opportunities and retaining employment.

Public Engagement Intern | Chicago Literacy Alliance

This intern will support the Department of Public Engagement in implementing the CLA’s first ever public awareness campaign for the city of Chicago. The purpose of the campaign will be to increase the visibility of literacy-based social disparities, as well as, engagement in literacy intervention efforts throughout Chicago.

Pride Action Tank Intern | AIDS Foundation of Chicago

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking a creative and motivated individual to intern in its Policy Department with the Pride Action Tank. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while working at an active, upbeat non-profit.

The Pride Action Tank Intern will directly work with the Pride Action Tank team and learn about a wide range of projects, including the Chicago Restroom Access Project, education and outreach for various projects, exploring new housing models and other pop-up projects. The Pride Action Tank Intern will also have the opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy, and other issues related to AFC’s mission.

Marketing and Development Intern | Green Star Movement

Under the supervision of a member of the Green Star staff, interns will provide assistance with program and administrative needs while gaining valuable professional experience and receiving feedback on a range of skills.  Interns will: Research corporate and foundation grants, help plan and execute small events/fundraisers, help implement and execute the end of year solicitation campaign and much more!

Marketing and Communication Intern | Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House is looking for an enthusiastic and strong communicator willing to assist with a range of marketing projects, including social media content creation, graphic design, event support and asset organization/database management. This person should have strong organizational, story-telling, and design skills, and be willing to learn and to pitch in with a variety of tasks. This position will report to the Digital Marketing Manager, while serving as a valuable resource for the entire Marketing & Communications team.

Outreach Summer Intern | Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago

Interns will work directly with the Outreach Coordinator on projects and tasks related to community outreach, public awareness and development for Muslim Americans, and practically all individuals who live in the United States.

2020 Summer Immersion Program, Teaching Assistant| Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is seeking enthusiastic computer science instructors for its 2020 Summer Immersion Program. The 7-week program is unique in it’s approach. The curriculum is designed to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue academics and careers in the technology and engineering sectors, as well as build bravery and confidence.

Program Assistant | SOS Children’s Villages Illinois

The Program Assistant provides assistance and performs secretarial and clerical functions in support of In Home Family Services Program administration at Casa Tepeyac. The Program Assistant reports the Family Support Supervisor at Casa Tepeyac.

Grants Intern | La Casa Norte

The Grants Intern will work in coordination with the Director of Development and Communications, Grant Coordinator and other LCN staff, participate in the private and public grants process using Raiser’s Edge and other tools, including database tracking, proposal and report creation and editing, and filing protocols, compile prospect funding profiles for new and existing funding sources (foundation, corporation, organizational, individual and government) using Raiser’s Edge and other tools, update and compile information for proposal and report submissions in addition to other duties as assigned

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