The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to improving our region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. We are here to serve the nonprofit organizations, the generous donors and the thoughtful residents who strive to make a difference, helping their bold vision create lasting community change. We work with a number of partnerships and initiatives to accomplish this work.

We are privileged to serve our community and invite those who connect with our mission, vision, and values to explore employment opportunities with the Trust. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

The Chicago Community Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Program Internship - Community Impact

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-721800
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Internship
  • Date Updated: February 05, 2020
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Education: 2nd Year Master Program
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:

Job Purpose:

The Chicago Community Trust’s internship program will provide interns with the opportunity to work on projects designed to provide a better understanding of the field of philanthropy and the work of a community foundation. This comprehensive internship will provide an in depth look at our strategic initiatives, programmatic giving areas, the inner workings of the grant making process, and the role of development within a community foundation. Hourly rate $15

Examples of past projects:

* Research and present cost per dollar raised reporting on various initiatives throughout the Development and Donor Services department;
* Conduct site visits and review grant proposals for affordable housing development initiatives;
* Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis on various efforts of the foreclosure initiatives;
* Research the status of the local food system plan and conduct a gap analysis;
* Coordinate public and private resources for the Trust’s role in the Living Cities collaborative;
* Prepare proposals for corporations and foundations in support of various Trust initiatives;
* Assist with other projects throughout the organization designed to provide exposure to the operations and strategy of the Trust.

This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


* Must be between first and second year of a graduate level program within a Chicago area graduate school majoring in non-profit management, public policy, social service administration, or related discipline;
* Must be in good academic standing and have a GPA of 3.0 or above;
* Must have a demonstrated commitment to the Chicago community and not-for-profit sector;
* Must have good research skills;
* Have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
* Experience in outreach and marketing work preferred;
* Interest in or knowledge of housing program and regional planning issues preferred;
* Have the ability to manage multiple projects with multiple organizations or people;
* Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; specifically in writing summaries and presenting data and information in a visual format;
* Excellent organization, project management and analytical skills;
* Proficient in Microsoft Office software programs.