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826CHI seeks a a group of enthusiastic, dedicated interns for semester or yearlong terms who will collaborate with our staff, volunteers, and fellow interns. Interns participate in all aspects of 826CHI and have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on personal skills and interests.


826CHI interns commit to 15-25 hours per week of experience in one of the focus areas listed below. In addition to their focus areas, all interns assist in our storefront (the Secret Agent Supply), at our front desk, and at 826CHI events.

All internships are unpaid or for college credit only. Applicants seeking college credit are responsible for submitting necessary information and fulfillment requirements to 826CHI. Interns receive a discount in the Secret Agent Supply and hands on experience working with our students and our staff of non-profit professionals. The application deadline for Summer 2017 internships is March 14, 2017.

Ideal qualities of 826CHI intern:

  • A responsible self starter, who is task and detailed oriented.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outgoing individual who has experience working with diverse cultures.
  • Has patience, stamina, and flexibility to work in a busy, active environment with frequent interruption.
  • Ability to take feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Capable of working independently and as a member of a team.
  • Passion for betterment of youth and enjoys working with people of all ages.
  • A great sense of humor!
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Forms).
  • Spanish speaking skills a plus.

How to Apply

Applicants must send the following materials in one email to with “Application: Name of Applicant” as the subject line. All attachments must be submitted with the applicant’s last name included in the title (example: “Moody Cover Letter”) Please attach the following materials:

  1. Cover letter stating your interest in this internship. Please include your first and second choice focus areas. Please do not send multiple cover letters for different focus areas.
  2. Resume.
  3. A writing sample outlining your career goals and your philosophy on education and/or creative writing and the arts. Limit: two pages, single spaced.
  4. Supplemental design materials for applicants applying for graphic design, illustration, or communications and marketing internships is strongly encouraged.

Focus Areas May Include:

Programming: This intern supports all areas of 826CHI's educational programming. The ideal Programming intern has a strong interest in working with youth of all ages and is seeking experience in creative writing education. Programming interns work closely with the Director of Programs and Program Manager to develop program curriculum, work directly with students through our Field Trips, Workshops, After-School Tutoring & Writing, and In-Schools, and support program admin and events.

Publications: This intern supports the organization’s Publications efforts. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in student writing/voice, graphic design and layout, and project management. The Publications intern supports dozens of our in-house publication efforts across areas of programming and also supports larger, professional publishing projects, such as the Compendium (a biennial anthology of student writing across our programs), and one unique Spring anthology project. This position works closely with the Director of Programs and Program Manager. Excellent project management and organizational skills are required, as well as strong familiarity with Adobe InDesign.

Illustration: This intern supports student publications, workshops, and other visual projects through illustration. The Illustrator intern will help bring student writing to life through visual art by supporting a variety of creative writing programming for 1st through 12th grade students. The ideal candidate should be able to confidently and spontaneously respond to student ideas and create complimentary visuals, is an innovative thinker, and has a passion for working with youth. Must be available to lead live illustrations up to three days a week (Wed-Fri) from 9:30am-12:30am.

Communications and Marketing: This intern supports the Communications Manager in telling the story of 826CHI across a variety of platforms. The ideal Communications intern has a knack for synthesizing information and communicating succinctly and in 826CHI's lively, playful voice. Responsible for creating written and graphic content for our social media platforms, monthly e-newsletter, and web site, this internship is an ideal opportunity for someone seeking in-depth, hands-on experience in the communications/marketing and project management world. A strong sense of humor and impeccable writing ability are required; graphic design experience a major plus.

Graphic Design: This intern supports the aesthetic and graphic branding of materials produced by the organization. The Graphic Design intern helps bring student writing to life through live illustration during Field Trips, regularly produces collateral for events and our programs, and supports the creation of publications full of student work. The ideal design intern is an innovative and creative thinker, has a passion for working with youth and cultivating truly extraordinary design ideas, and an appreciation for nuanced and intelligent humor. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite required.

Development: This intern supports the Director of Development in fundraising efforts. The ideal Development intern has a strong interest in telling the story of 826CHI to new audiences, increasing our exposure to Chicago's diverse community of funders, and is seeking experience in creative writing education and youth development within the non-profit setting. This intern also provides support for special events and giving appeals. Strong writing and research skills required. Grant writing experience a plus.

Volunteers and Outreach: This intern supports the Volunteer Coordinator with managing 826CHI's corp of volunteers. The ideal Volunteer and Outreach intern is someone with a strong interest in being a liaison for 826CHI in the greater Chicago community, as well and helping orchestrate an enthusiastic team of 400 active volunteers and welcoming new members to the organization. This intern assists with special events and new volunteer orientations.

Creative Engagement: This intern supports the Operations Manager with the promotion and operations of 826CHI's Secret Agent Supply. Our storefront serves as a way to raise money for the organization and engages and educates the local community about 826CHI's mission. The ideal Creative Engagement intern has an interest in marketing, graphic design, customer service, visual merchandising, or retail management and entrepreneurship.

Arts Administration: This intern supports the Operations Manager and Executive Director with nonprofit administration and office management. The ideal intern is someone with a strong interest in learning about the mechanics of non-profit leadership and management. This intern supports the day-to-day operations of our facility and works directly with the Executive Director on special projects as needed. 

For questions about these positions, please email Tyler Stoltenberg, Operations Manager at

Current Interns

Alexandra Alvarez-Bright
Programming Intern

Patrick Carey
Publications Intern

Courtney Eathorne
Publications Intern

Waringa Hunja
Programming Intern

Emily Lohman
Programming Intern

Brianna Loomis
Programming/Creative Engagement Intern

Connor Shioshita Pickett
Development Intern

Lawrence Silviera
Programming Intern

Past Interns

Moira Cassidy
Steven Etheridge
Annika Konrad
Jonathan D’Angelo
Brandon Dorn
Brandon Harper
Aaron Regunberg
Mollie Dillon
Emily Bell
Bailey Brittin
Rom Severino
Carrie Colpitts
Michelle Yacht
Kea Wilson
Elena Losey
Adam Gaeddert
Paul Fermin
Stephanie Clark
Maya Marshall
Sarah Grainer
Annie Kennedy
Laura Forster Maheshwary
Alexis Thomas
Andrew McClain
Nicolette Kittinger
Sarah Polen
Brenna Ivey
Saraah Malik
Colin Packard
Amanda Mather
Cassie Cleary
Lisa Yoshiko Radecki
Jim Withington
Maureen Hickey
Rufus Urion
Michelle Czarnecki
Angelica Davila
Christopher Rife
Laura Philbin
Kate Albing
Cole Londeree
Caitlin Cass
Drew Dixon
Emily Jones
Emily Penn
Lydia Cooper
Ali Kelley
Lauren Catey
Nandita Raghuram
Janet Potter
Lilly Gray
Anna Green
Dori Trimble
Clare Hiatt
Adam Kivel
Jeni Crone
Mike Baker
Corinne Fetter Kritikos
Aaron Apple
Soukprida Phetmisy
Pat Mohr
Matt Sudman
Lauren Gill
Laura Mittelstaedt
Billie Pritzker
Francisco Tirado
Shannon Wilson
Bridget Anne Greenfield
Danielle Littman
Anna Gross
Daniel Wonk
Nora Wynn
Vineeth Hemavathi
Alex Lubben
Abi Humber
Katy Steele
Abigail Howard
Andrea Ayers
Hanna Ahn
Alison Lacey
Nico Dregni
Jenna Hindi
Lainie Fromby
Alissa Walkner
Becky Baumann
Michael Light
Ashlyn Wheeler
Katie Gonzalez
Kim Keating
Everett Mulroe
Daniel Gonzalez
Gianna Canning
Galen Beebe
Claire Gaddis

Katy Heubel
Warren Yates
Nell Klugman
Ashley Keyser
Nick Saigh
Josh Lesser
Sian Kresse
Daniel Rivera
Bryce Parsons-Twesten
Abby Ryder-Huth
Meghan Hickey
Angela Zhang
Sarah Hansen
Danya Sherbini
Elizabeth Gaughan
Noboru Bitoy
Rebecca Stoner
Mo Kinsinger
Brianna Gielow
Ethan Kenvarg
Peter Jensen
Thomas Boyle
Phoebe Jordan-Reilly
Hannah Callas
Majken Schmidt Sogaard
Quinn Korreck
Rocio Pacheco
Carly Hubbard
Peter Benassi
Sarah Hersey
Emily Beaufort
Tara Jayakar
Ali Cnockaert
Elif Karatas
Sophie Lyons
Marybeth Beitzel
Caitlin O'Hara
Sherry He
Samantha Schoville
Emma Rubenstein
Olutoye Adegboro
Josephine Wang
Kristina Giannoutsos
Grace Carey
Elizabeth Anderson
Connor MacCartney
Micki Burton
Kayla Hammersmith
Sheela Kumar
Megan Lantz
Brian Martin
Maggie McGovern
Laura Myers
Kyrstin Rodriguez
Drew Weaver
Kayla Schwalbe
Katie Watts
Nana Yaw Larbi-Tieku
Chelsea McDonald
Begina Armstrong
Carrie Dzike
Kana Felix
Brett Slezak
Molly Sprayregen
Matt Stursberg
Alex Lugo
Bridet Leduc
Hallye Webb
Learesi Montes
MJ Johnston
Michel Bigelow
Richie Wheelock
Esther Lee
Hajrije Kolimja
Jacob Hall
Alex Borkowski
Reed Redmond
Neeka Stewart
Bea Cabrera
Gargi Saripalli
Steph Jurusz
Jac Kuntz
Kelsey Zigmund
Jessica Ferrer
Lara Jung
Olivia Gonzalez
Victoria Johnson
Trisha Mahoney
Amy Balmuth
Tiffany Wong
Samantha Scheib
Lilly Scheerer
Kinsley Koons
Marty Kezon
Peter Smyth
Lily MacFaydian
Diana Fu