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.

Community (Program) Impact Internship

  • Job Tracking ID: 512298-787205
  • Job Location: Chicago, IL
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Internship
  • Date Updated: August 25, 2021
  • Starting Date: ASAP
  • Education: None
  • Application Deadline: Until filled

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Job Description:


Seeking an individual with entrepreneurial spirit, passion for innovation, and a commitment to drive change to contribute to the Chicago Community Trust’s community impact area.

Expected Assignments:


  • Work with Sr. Director of Community Impact and Sr. Director of Policy to organize the Shared Prosperity Partnership - Help with event planning for a local convening with national partners Urban Institute and Kresge Foundation.


  • Conduct landscape scan of national and local financing and banking platforms to identify opportunities to bring more banking alternatives to low and moderate income communities of color.
  • Literature review of predatory lending practices in Chicago and regulatory interventions adopted elsewhere.
  • Support the planning and scoping efforts to design a Color of Wealth study for the Chicago area, including staffing the convening of key local stakeholders and national researchers.
  • Conduct national research and lessons learned around both Baby Bond and Kalamazoo Promise like programs.
  • Conduct research and lessons learned around measuring and improving social impact outcomes; inform the creation of approaches to measurement and reporting that help advance and develop key benchmarks across the social sector.
  • Conduct landscape scan of national and local leadership programs to identify gaps and opportunities in developing social impact leaders.
  • Collect inventory of place-based and issue-area plans to determine geographic and topical gaps and opportunities.
  • Conduct a scan on community foundations and their respective approach to human services including best practice research on grant-making in human service delivery and promoting innovation.

Programs and Grant-making:

  • Create communication language for request for proposal (RFP) grant-making opportunities.

Intern Supervisor & Title: Program Manager

Cycle Time Commitment: October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021

Ideal majors: public policy, urban planning, social science, economics, business, social enterprise or related field

Hours per week: 21

Salary: $15.00/hour

Experience and Skills:


  • Ability to analyze data, synthesize findings, provide practical, actionable insights, and create clear summary reports
  • Complex problem-solving skills and driven to find innovative solutions that promote sustainable social impact.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in working to address racial, economic, and social inequities.
  • Understanding of trends and policies, advocacy, and developing partnerships in field.
  • 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.