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826CHI would be in a pickle indeed without its many wonderful interns. We seek a group of enthusiastic, dedicated Interns for fall, winter/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.

Overview & Requirements

826CHI interns commit to 15-20 weekly hours of unpaid experience during one term (fall: September-December, winter/spring: January-June, summer: June-August), with the possibility of extension. Interns participate in all aspects of 826CHI and often have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on personal skills and interests.

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 2016—application deadline is Friday, November 27th, 2015 at 5pm.

Educational Programming: This semester-long 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 Education 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. Click here for full description.

Communications & Marketing: This semester-long 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. Resonsible 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! Click here for full description.

Publications: This yearlong 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, including Workshops, In-Schools, After-School Tutoring & Writing, and Field Trips. The Publications intern also supports two larger, professional publising projects, 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 Education and Program Manager on each of these publications. Excellent project management and organizational skills are required, as well as strong familiarity with Adobe InDesign. Click here for full description.

Illustration: This semester-long intern supports 826CHI's programs and publications through illustration, graphic design, and other visual projects. The Illustration intern helps bring student writing to life, whether working directly with our students during programming or supporting the publication of their work. The ideal candidate should be able to spontaneously and confidently 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.

Graphic Design: This semester-long intern supports the aesthetic and graphic branding of materials produced by and for the organization. 826CHI regularly produces materials for events and our programs, as well as fundraising collateral and publications full of student work. The ideal design intern is an innovative and creative thinker, has a passion for typography and truly extraordinary design ideas, an appreciation for nuanced and intelligent humor, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, frenetic environment. Click here for full description.

Development: This semester-long 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. Strong writing and research skills required.  Click here for full description.

Special Events: This semester-long intern supports fundraising, publication, and program events, as well as assorted outreach activities. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in sharing the spirit and story of 826CHI's mission through the planning, administration, and delivery of special events. Such events include a formal gala, fundraising events, student book release celebrations, family gatherings, and volunteer appreciation events. Click here for full description

Creative Engagement: This semester-long intern supports the development and everyday activities of 826CHI’s Secret Agent Supply Store, which is a tool for community engagement with a wide variety of audiences. The ideal Creative Engagement intern has a vested interest in applying his/her skills, creativity, and experiences toward developing the storefront as a mouthpiece for the mission. This involves product creation, ambassadorship, advocacy, and imagineering. Click here for full description.

Arts Administration: This semester-long intern directly supports the Executive Director in all aspects of nonprofit organization administration including development and stewardship. This graduate-level internship is ideal for those who want to learn the mechanics of nonprofit leadership and management. The ideal candidate has strong organizational skills, is a self-starter, and an effective communicator. Click here for a full description.

Before applying for an internship at 826CHI, please read full position descriptions and apply to the internship(s) that fit your interests. The application deadline for a position for WINTER/SPRING 2016 is Friday, November 27h, at 5pm. For questions about these positions, please email Tracy Woodley, Volunteer Coordinator at

Current Interns

Hajrije Kolimja
Programming Intern

Katie Gonzalez
Programming Intern

Kim Keating
Programming Intern

Alex Borkowski
Publications Intern

Neeka Stewart**
Volunteers Intern

Bea Cabrera
Creative Engagement Intern

Gargi Saripalli
Arts Administration Intern

Esther Lee
Communication Intern

Stephanie Jurusz
Communication Intern

Everett Mulroe
Development Intern

Daniel Gonzalez
Development Intern

**through DePaul University's Steans Center Community Partners Internship program

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

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