Job Title: Chicago Commitment Intern - Summer 2020
Chicago, IL United States
Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Chicago Commitment Intern - Summer 2020
The Chicago Commitment team is responsible for advancing the goal of a Chicago that is connected and integrated, where prosperity is shared, opportunity is equitable, and civic and cultural assets are available to everyone. The team focuses on building strong organizations in the city’s nonprofit sector; supporting the revitalization of communities that have been neglected or isolated; partnering with other donors and civic actors to respond to timely or critical issues; and advancing diverse leadership.
General Summary of Internship:
The summer intern will report to the Program Officer in the Chicago Commitment who focuses on the Influential Leaders and Culture, Equity, and the Arts grantmaking areas. The summer intern will conduct research on trends in the nonprofit sector in Chicago. Possible research topics include:
Racial Disparities: Conduct a series of structured interviews to identify specific barriers that African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) organizations face with regard to fundraising and organizational stability.
Community Mapping: Conduct research to identify arts and cultural activities in low-income communities of color in Chicago, including activities that are not produced by nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service
Creative Placemaking: Research the status of creative placemaking projects in Chicago and assist in designing a series of public information sessions.
501(c)(3) Structure: Research the benefits and draw-backs of the 501(c)3 organizational structure and alternative approaches for supporting mission-related work.
Prepare for site visits and join Program Officers on some of those visits.
Help organize information and review Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) related to the Influential Leaders grantmaking area.
Attend staff meetings and internal learning opportunities at the MacArthur Foundation.
Qualifications & Requirements Qualifications
The ideal candidate is a current graduate student in arts administration, nonprofit management, public policy, or the social sciences. Advanced undergraduate students are also eligible to apply. The successful applicant will have strong research and writing skills, web and social media fluency, flexibility to flourish with multiple assignments, some familiarity with Chicago and its nonprofit community, and enthusiasm for the work of the program.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. As a requirement, students “must be returning back to school” to be eligible.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.
MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.