We’re looking for a crew of passionate literacy champions to help increase literacy in Chicago.
Are you a literacy champion who wants to come up with innovative solutions for increasing literacy in Chicago? Be a part of the CLA team for a semester and participate in our fun, collaborative, and inclusive work at the world’s first Disneyland for word nerds, Literacenter!
CLA internships are project-focused and intern-learning driven. Interns decide how they can best contribute to our work based on their talents and interests. All that we require is a love of literacy.
Applications for the spring semester are now closed. Submit today for our summer internship opportunity (June – August 2017). We will start reaching out to interview for summer positions starting in April.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS ROLE?
- Essential qualities: Professional, responsible, oodles of creativity, and someone who knows how to be a conscientious, friendly, and kind community member.
- Student, young professional, or career transition candidate with a passion for working with literacy organizations and a desire to learn about nonprofits.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
- Task and detailed oriented.
- Capable of working independently and as a member of a small team.
- Interest in professional growth and participating in learning opportunities.
- Spanish speaking skills a plus.
WHAT’S THE COMMITMENT?
- CLA interns commit to 15-25 hours of work per week dedicated to one of the focus areas below. Hours are flexible pending approval from your focus-area organization leader.
- Program runs on a semester schedule: January – May (Spring), June – August (Summer), and September – December (Fall).
WHAT ARE THE PERKS?
- Unlimited coffee, invites to social events with loads of free food, and plenty of CLA swag to show off your new allegiance to your friends & family.
- Access to weekly professional development programs at the Literacenter including an interns meetup group.
- Weekly individual one-on-one mentorship with your organization leader.
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MEMBERSHIP & OUTREACH
This intern supports the Membership Manager with member prospect research, data collection, and daily administrative tasks. The CLA has a membership base of over 90+ literacy organizations, and almost 500 community members. The membership intern will be an integral part of the membership enrollment process and will get hands-on experience working with Salesforce and data entry. This position will also play a vital role in collecting, inputting, and sharing out data for the CLA member’s program database, Literaseek. This internship is particularly relevant for students with a strong research background and detail-oriented work skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive (Docs, Sheets), and WordPress is preferred. There will also be opportunities to craft your own semester-long concentration projects based on your interest.
This intern supports the Partnership Director and the Membership Manager with regular program administration and operational support of our 20+ monthly programming events. The programming intern will support program administration functions including outreach, committee work, operational support, and program evaluation. Interns should be interested in program development for both nonprofit professional development opportunities as well as education and literacy focused trainings. This internship is particularly relevant for students working towards a degree in teaching, education, nonprofit administration, social work, or public policy. There will also be opportunities to craft your own semester-long concentration projects based on your interest.
This intern supports the Facilities Director with a variety of IT related projects at our exceptionally fun, non-traditional, shared workspace environment. An ideal candidate will have a strong interest in helping support and educate others who are less technically inclined. Creative, service-minded individuals who enjoy meeting new people and helping them with simple to moderate software needs will fit in quite well. Everyday support needs could include helping users gain access to wifi, assisting guests with printing, updating meeting room workstations, managing our wireless network and supporting internal team needs. Candidates should be pursuing a minor or major in information technology or be CompTIA A+ certified. Proficiency in Apple OS X is a plus. There will also be opportunities to craft your own semester-long concentration projects based on your interests.
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
This intern supports the Communications Manager in implementing the CLA’s marketing/communications strategy that engages the CLA community, its followers and the general public. There will also be opportunities to learn about media outreach, pitching and networking, plus the chance to produce original content that highlights the CLA and its 90+ member organizations. This position is perfect for those interested in gaining more experience in strategic communications, media relations and writing. Proficiency in writing and social media is preferred, and having a background or experience in communications, journalism or marketing is a plus. The communications and marketing intern will also have the chance to craft semester-long concentration projects based on his/her interest.
This intern supports the Partnerships Director with foundation research, special events, CRM management, associate board meetings, and more. This internship is particularly relevant for students with a strong research background and detail-oriented work skills. Students planning a career in the nonprofit industry would benefit greatly from this experience. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive (Docs, Sheets), and Salesforce is preferred. There will also be opportunities to craft your own semester-long concentration projects based on your interest.
VIDEO & GRAPHIC DESIGN
This intern supports the Creative Director and Communications Manager in implementing the CLA’s marketing/communications strategy through video and design. This internship will be integral to CLA’s video production and creative marketing projects, giving the intern the opportunity to produce original content that highlights and promotes the CLA. This position is perfect for those interested in gaining more experience in visual communications and film production. Proficiency in video production and editing software is required, and photography experience is a plus. There will also be opportunities to craft your own semester-long concentration projects based on your interest.
This intern supports the Volunteer Manager with a volunteer program that is like one you’ve never seen before. When it launches, we’ll recruit and train volunteers, but even more exciting than that is the work we’ll do in building a vibrant and caring community around leadership, community engagement, and personal development. Our volunteer program will serve as a resource hub for volunteers collaborating with more than 90 literacy organizations, and our training offerings will challenge persons personally and professionally as they grow and help communities of readers throughout the city flourish. This developing department is looking for a ridiculously dope soul to assist in project management, ideation, calendar planning, and community building among volunteer members. There will also be opportunities to craft your own semester-long concentration projects based on your interest.