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.
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 SUMMER 2016—application deadline is Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 5pm.
Educational 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 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. This summer, we seek interns who are comfortable working with visual arts and have experience working with English Language Learners and students in grades 1-5. Click here for full description.
Communications & 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. 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 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.
Graphic Design: This intern supports the aesthetic 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, 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 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.
Creative Engagement: This intern supports the operations and promotion of 826CHI's Secret Agent Supply store. 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, retail management or entrepreneurship, and visual merchandising. Click here for full description.
Arts Administration: This intern directly supports the Executive Director in all aspects of nonprofit organization administration including development and stewardship. This graduate-level internship is intended for those who want to learn the mechanics of nonprofit leadership and management. The ideal candidate has strong organizational skills and is a self-starter and 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 SUMMER 2016 is Thursday, March 31st, at 5pm. For questions about these positions, please email Tracy Woodley, Volunteer Coordinator at Tracy@826chi.org.
Volunteers & Outreach Intern
Creative Engagement Intern
Arts Administration Intern
*returning from fall 2015
**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
Nana Yaw Larbi-Tieku