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.

Internship - Policy and Advocacy

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-741841
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Internship
  • Date Updated: September 02, 2020
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Education: 2nd Year Master Program
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:


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. The Policy Intern will assist the Policy and Advocacy team with background policy and legislative research, and other tasks as assigned (e.g., meeting support, power point development, etc.).

Duration of Internship:

This internship runs from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Only candidates who can commit to the entire year will be considered viable.


This internship will work no more than 21 hours per week or 3 full weekdays at a rate of $15.00 per hour. This internship will not receive benefits.

Expected Assignments:

  • Background and landscape research on key policy issues, such as predatory and pay day lending, income tax policies, municipal fines and fees, tax increment financing, among others.
  • Support and coordinate key projects and events aimed at advancing the Trust’s strategic goals.
  • Monitor changes in elected officials based on outcome of upcoming election and update contact lists for elected officials and their staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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. This position will be virtual until the time when all staff of the Trust return to the office.

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 with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Proven commitment to the Chicago community and not-for-profit sector
  • Have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Interest in or knowledge of the legislative and administrative policymaking processes
  • Interest in or knowledge of social policy and community development policy issues
  • Have the ability to manage multiple projects with multiple 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?
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to with 'Policy Internship' in the subject line of the email.

History of The Chicago Community Trust

The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation dedicated to advancing metropolitan Chicago and improving the lives of the people who call it home. The Trust serves as a philanthropic partner, connecting the generosity of donors with community needs. Today, following the creation of a new strategic plan in 2018, the Trust stands committed to addressing Chicago’s legacy of systemic inequity and closing the racial wealth gap. With assets of approximately $3 billion, the Trust in partnership with its donors distributes more than $400 million in grants each year. Our unwavering mission is to mobilize resources, people, organizations and ideas in support of this vision for a truly equitable, connected and thriving community.

The Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and Albert Harris, father and son duo of the Harris (now BMO Harris) bank family. The Chicago Community Trust was the second community foundation ever created. There are now 750 community foundations nationwide.

Since 1915, the Trust has been part of nearly every major civic milestone of the Chicago region. From the creation of Millennium Park and Chicago’s Harris Theater to Leadership Greater Chicago and Chicago Urban League, the Trust has worked to support the people and organizations that have made Chicago a world class city.