826CHI seeks a 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. Interns receive a discount in the Secret Agent Supply and hands on experience working with our students and our staff of non-profit professionals. The application deadline for Fall 2017 internships is June 1, 2017.
All internships may be semester long or year-long. Please indicated your preference in your cover letter. Fall internships begin the first week of September and continue through mid-December.
Ideal qualities of 826CHI intern:
How to Apply
Applicants must send the following materials in one email to email@example.com 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:
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 facilitors, 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 complimentary 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 826CHI'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 Tyler Stoltenberg, Operations Manager at Tyler@826chi.org.
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.
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