826CHI would be in a pickle indeed without its many wonderful interns. We seek a group of enthusiastic, dedicated Interns for fall, spring, and summer terms (yearlong internships are available, too). Interns work individually and collectively with our staff, a large group of volunteers, and fellow interns.
826CHI interns commit to between 15-20 hours per week of unpaid experience during one semester (fall: September-December, winter/spring: January-June, summer: June-August), with the possibility of extension. Interns participate in all aspects of 826CHI; they support staff in administrative tasks, outreach projects, and events, and often have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on the skills and interests of the intern as well as the needs of the organization.
All 826CHI interns should have a good sense of humor and the ability to work in a fast-paced, frenetic environment. 826CHI is currently offering the following positions for WINTER/SPRING 2015:
Programming Internship: 826CHI is looking for a semester-long intern to support all areas of programming. The ideal Programming intern is someone with a strong interest in working with youth of all ages, and is seeking experience in creative writing education within the non-profit setting. Programming interns work closely with the Director of Education and Program Coordinator on Field Trips, Workshops, After-School Tutoring & Writing and In-Schools, work with students on a regular basis, and support programmatic events, research and administration. Click here for full description.
Development Internship: 826CHI is looking for a semester-long intern to support the Director of Development in fundraising efforts. The ideal Development intern is someone with a strong interest in telling the story of 826CHI in an effort to increase exposure within different Chicago communities to funders, and the working with youth of all ages, and is seeking experience in creative writing education within the non-profit setting. Click here for full description.
Communications Internship: 826CHI is looking for a semester-long intern to support the organization’s communication efforts. The ideal Communications intern is someone with a strong interest in telling the story of 826CHI through various media, including video, social media, the 826CHI website, and news outlets. This position works closely with the Development and Executive Directors to develop innovative approaches messaging the mission and work of 826CHI within different national, regional, and local communities. Basic graphic design experience is a major plus! Click here for full description.
Volunteer and Outreach Internship: 826CHI is looking for a semester-long intern to support the Director of Volunteer Services. The ideal Volunteer intern is someone with a strong interest in being a liaison for 826CHI in the greater Chicago community, as well and helping orchestrate a team of 400 active volunteers and welcoming new members to the organization. Click here for full description.
Publications Internship: 826CHI is looking for a year-long intern to support the organization’s Publications efforts. The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in student writing, design, and project coordination. The Publications intern supports the in-house and professional publication efforts across programming, including Workshops, In-Schools and After-School Tutoring & Writing chapbooks. The Publications intern also supports two larger professional projects, the Compendium, an annual anthology of student writing from across 826 programs, and one unique spring publication project. This position works closely with the Director of Education on each of these publications. Click here for full description.
Special Events internship: 826CHI is looking for a semester-long Special Events Intern to support spring fundraising, publication events, and outreach activities. The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in supporting the planning, administration, and delivery of special events at 826CHI, including a formal gala, student book release celebrations, family gatherings, and volunteer appreciation events. Click here for full description.
Illustration internship: 826CHI is looking for a fall and spring semester intern to support student publications, workshops, and other visual projects through illustration. The Illustration 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. Click here for full description.
Creative Engagement internship: 826CHI is looking for a semester-long intern to support the development of 826CHI’s secret agent supply store as a tool for
community engagement for a variety of audiences. The ideal Creative Engagement intern has a vested interest in applyinghis/her skills, creativity, and experience towards helping to develop the storefront as a mouthpiece for the mission of the organization through product creation, ambassadorship and advocacy, and imagineering. Click here for full description.
Before applying for an internship at 826CHI, please read full position descriptions and apply to the internship that fits your interests. The application for Summer 2014 internships has closed. Our application deadline for WINTER/SPRING applications is Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, at 5pm. For questions about these positions, please email Elif Karatas, Volunteer Coordinator at Elif@826chi.org.
*returning from summer 2014
**through DePaul University's Steans Center Community Partners Internship program
Laura Forster Maheshwary
Lisa Yoshiko Radecki
Corinne Fetter Kritikos
Bridget Anne Greenfield
Majken Schmidt Sogaard