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826CHI seeks 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 programs, 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. Benefits include a transportation stipend to help cover the cost of commuting to 826CHI, a twenty percent discount in the Secret Agent Supply, and hands on experience working with our students and our staff of non-profit professionals.  Summer 2018 internship applications close on March, 16 2018. Please email [email protected] with questions!

All internships may be semester long or year-long. Please indicate your preference in your cover letter. Spring internships begin the first week of January and continue through mid-June.

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 positive and constructive feedback.
  • 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 [email protected] 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 and your philosophy on education and/or creative writing and the arts. Please include your first and second choice focus areas. Please do not send multiple cover letters for different focus areas.
  2. Resume.
  3. Supplemental design materials for applicants applying illustration internships are strongly encouraged.

Focus Areas:

Programming // After School Tutoring and Writing: This intern assists in overseeing the tutoring program and serves as liaison between volunteers and students, and between parents, volunteers, and staff. They serve as a resource for volunteer tutors and help design creative writing prompts that provide tutors with ideas to help students express themselves through writing exercises. The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in education and working with youth of all ages as well as comfort with classroom leadership. This internship will provide extensive hands-on experience working with students grades 1-8 and coordinating and supporting adult volunteers. Must be available up to four days a week (Mon-Thurs) from 3pm-6pm.

Programming // In-Schools and Workshops:  This internship will provide extensive hands-on experience working with K-12 students and teachers at local public schools. This intern will also provide administrative support to our onsite and offsite workshops. The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in working with youth of all ages and in our public education system.  Must have significant weekday daytime (9am-3pm) availability.

Programming // Field Trips: This intern participates in morning field trips, serves as a resource for volunteer field trip facilitators, and assists with field trip publications by organizing and typing student work and printing and building publications. The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in creative writing, education, and working with youth of all ages as well as classroom management experience. Must be available up to three days a week (Wed-Fri) from 9:30am-12:30am

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 complementary 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. Graphic design skills and experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

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.

Non-Profit 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.

Non-Profit Management: 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 on special projects as needed.

Social Enterprise: 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 826 CHI's mission. The ideal Creative Engagement intern has an interest in marketing, graphic design, customer service, visual merchandising, or retail management and entrepreneurship.

For questions about these positions, please email David Pintor, Volunteer Manager at [email protected].

Commitment to Inclusion

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826CHI recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: we will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, language, parental status, military service, or (dis)ability. We strive to put our values into action through planning, decision making, and community building.  

Current Interns

Connie Chu
Programming and Publications Intern

Emma Kupor
Publications Intern

Mackenzie Lynch
Programming and Publications Intern

Megan Cho
Programming and Publications Intern

Taylor Fustin
Development Intern

Susan Ponce
Non-profit Management 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
Alexandra Alvarez-Bright
Patrick Carey
Courtney Eathorne
Waringa Hunja
Brianna Loomis
Connor Shioshita Pickett
Lawrence Silviera
Emily Lohman
Patrick Carey
Ariel Robinson
Camilla Chee
Emily Duong
Emma Kupor
​Ivan Catudan
Mahalia Sobhani
Shay McIntosh
Alexandra Lorez Boone
Mercury Rivera
Jazmine Rodriguez