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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, 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 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 SUMMER 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 across multiple platforms, particularly by taking responsibility for creating content for our social media and monthly e-newsletter. This position supports communicating 826CHI’s mission and work, as well as conveying our lively and playful personality. This internship is an ideal opportunity for an someone seeking in-depth, hands-on experience in the communications/marketing world. A strong sense of humor and excellent writing ability are required; graphic design experience a major plus!  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 winter/spring 2015 internships has closed. Our application deadline for SUMMER 2015 applications is Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, at 5pm. For questions about these positions, please email Elif Karatas, Volunteer Coordinator at

Current Interns

Kayla Schwalbe*
Publications Intern

Katie Watts*
Communications Intern

Neeka Stewart**
Volunteers Intern

Michel Bigelow
Creative Engagement Intern

Nana Yaw Larbi-Tieku
Development Intern

Alex Lugo
Events & Outreach Intern

Chelsea McDonald
Publications Intern

Begina Armstrong
Programming Intern

Carrie Dzike
Programming Intern

Kana Felix
Programming Intern

Brett Slezak
Programming Intern

Molly Sprayregen
Programming Intern

Matt Stursberg
Programming Intern

*returning from Fall 2014

**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