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 is currently seeking applications for Fall 2016, with an application deadline of Monday, August 1. The fall internship will begin in late August and run through mid-December, with a possibility to extend through the winter/spring semester. 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.
Ideal qualities of 826CHI intern:
How to Apply
Applicants must send the following materials in one email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 esthetic 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.
The application deadline for a position for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 1st. For questions about these positions, please email Tyler Stoltenberg, Operations Manager at Tyler@826chi.org.
Creative Engagement Intern
*returning from spring 2015
Laura Forster Maheshwary
Lisa Yoshiko Radecki
Corinne Fetter Kritikos
Bridget Anne Greenfield
Majken Schmidt Sogaard
Nana Yaw Larbi-Tieku