|Art Institute of Chicago||CAIR-Chicago||Chicago Center|
|CIOGC||City of Chicago||Cultural Vistas|
|Oriental Institute||Stony Point|
|Islam & Global Studies,
Civic and social leadership
Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.
See the world. Follow your ambitions.
Cultural Vistas offers an array of personalized and enriching professional internship and training programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland. These programs provide students and recent graduates with customized summer and year-round internship placements tailored to their skill sets, ambitions, and career aspirations.
In addition to individualized placements, participants can receive assistance with language training, foreign language resume writing, pre-departure cultural and logistical information, as well as in-country and re-entry support.
Civic and social justice
Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit: A Multifaith Peace, Justice and Earthcare Program for Young Adults
The Stony Point Center Summer Institute is seeking Jewish, Christian and Muslim young adults, ages 19-29, who are grounded in their religious tradition, serious about spirituality and the state of the planet, and excited by social activism in a multireligious context.
We offer a rich opportunity to live in a supportive community with peers from different faiths and with similar interests. Together we will study and share the three Abrahamic traditions, what they teach about social activism, nonviolence and justice, and apply them to personal and social transformation as we strengthen our relationship to the earth.
This year the Institute will include the Muslim observance of Ramadan and the Jewish observance of Shavuot. Institute students will have the opportunity both to learn and to share in these experiences, while having the opportunity to practice and share their traditions as well.
Session 1: May 31 to July 3
The session begins with 6 days of orientation before Ramadan starts on Monday June 6. The following three weeks students will participate in morning workshops (Monday through Thursday) and afternoon “Wisdom from the Faith Traditions” sessions (Tuesday through Thursday). Each week we will examine different social justice issues (Immigration, Indigenous Rights, and Racial Justice) during the morning workshops. These workshops are designed to deepen students’ social awareness of these issues and equip students with practical skills in activism and community organizing to enable them to become more effective advocates on the issues. In the fourth week, students will engage with the topic of religious conflict and peacebuilding during the morning workshop and present to the group about what they have been learning and reflecting on during the afternoon sessions.
Each week a different founding member of the Community of Living Traditions will lead the week’s “Wisdom from the Faith Traditions” sessions, allowing students to explore nonviolence in the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions from a gifted teacher and practitioner of each faith.
In order to accommodate those who are fasting during Ramadan, students will be required to participate in farming activities on Friday mornings only. However, students are welcome to work on the farm in the mornings before workshop sessions throughout each week.
There will be two sessions, with a break for Eid beginning July 3rd. The second session will begin July 10th. Students may attend one session only or both, but are encouraged to come for both. You may leave or stay on campus during the break, where there will be celebrations and free time.
Session 2: July 10 to August 7
The principal theme of Session 2 is eco-justice. Students will spend mornings working on SPC’s farm (Monday through Thursday) and afternoons participating in “Wisdom from the Faith Traditions” sessions (Tuesday through Thursday). Each week’s wisdom sessions will be led by accomplished teachers from either the Muslim, Jewish, or Christian traditions. Discussions in the wisdom sessions will focus on how each faith tradition engages social justice issues specifically related to food justice, climate change, and earthcare. Additionally, students will have opportunities to visit partner organizations working for eco-justice in our local and regional context.
Communal Celebrations and Field Trips
We will incorporate the celebration of the Sabbath into our program each week, allowing for rest and spiritual reflection. This could include weekly Shabbat observances, as well as time for students to attend houses of worship of their choice. In addition, we will take field trips as a group to houses of worship of the three Abrahamic faiths, as well as to other relevant locations.
Observant Muslim students will find Stony Point Center a comfortable location for Ramadan, as well as a stimulating one. Spaces are available for salah throughout the day, including our Meditation Space at the center of campus. Several local masjids offer tarawih prayers nightly. Pork is never served in the Stony Point Center dining room, and halal zabiha meat will be on the menu throughout the Summer Institute. Dining schedules can flex to accommodate iftar and suhur meals; work schedules will take the needs of fasting people into consideration. The Institute offers transportation to community Eid prayers , there will be time allowed for students to join their families for Eid, you are also welcome to consider inviting your families to visit you for Eid festival on our beautiful campus here!
The Jewish holiday of Shavuot is celebrated June 11 to June 13, 2016, a weekend including Shabbat. Shavuot is one of three Jewish harvest festivals that commemorates the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is observed as days off from work and celebrated 7 weeks after Passover. We will learn about the holiday and study the biblical sections associated with it. We will also have the option to attend synagogue services and eat traditional foods.
More Information and How to Apply
If you are accepted into the Summer Institute, there is no charge beyond the cost of travel and personal expenses. Travel scholarships may be available once a student is accepted. Room, meals, Institute transportation, and laundry are covered. At the end of the program each student will receive a certificate of completion. If you are enrolled in an academic institution, you are encouraged to seek academic credit for participating in the Institute. Some academic institutions offer money to students for undertaking summer experiences. The Summer Institute leadership is happy to work with you to apply for such money or academic credit.
Click here to go to our online application. Deadline February 15. Applicants will be notified with two weeks of the deadline. Only completed applications (including one letter of reference) will be considered.
|Civil Rights, Law,
Civic and social justice
CAIR-Chicago (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
The Internship and Externship Program at CAIR-Chicago offers students a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment. Our program is career-oriented and based in grassroots activism.
The internship and externship program at CAIR-Chicago is continuously expanding its university and college partnerships with local, state, regional and national institutions. Our program is currently connected with over 120 institutions of higher learning. This includes several of the largest and most renowned college networks, consortia and university systems such as the Carnegie Research I schools, the Ivy League, University of California system, University of Texas system, and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). We hosted international interns, externs and fellows (hailing from China, New Zealand, Argentina, the Netherlands, Egypt, Russia, and the United Kingdom in recent years).
In addition, we feature fellowships through partner organizations, such as the renowned Public Interest Law Interest (PILI) fellowship for recent law school graduates studying for the state bar exam, and the New American Democracy Project (NADP) for voter registration organizers during general and midterm election seasons.
WHY JOIN CAIR-CHICAGO?
Opportunities are available throughout the year for all students to apply—full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, all majors, and even high school students. Interns can earn academic credit or community service hours, or simply enrich their experience and insight to advocacy and civil rights efforts.
A complete application consists of the following documents submitted by email:
- Application Form, signed and dated with all spaces filled with the most updated information and truthful responses, and submitted through email only;
- Cover Letter that specifies the position you’re applying and session (i.e., Winter-Spring, Summer, or Fall) you’re applying for, as well as your interests and qualifications;
- Resumé that lists your most relevant and updated profile and contact information; and
- Samples (Department/Division administrators may require to submit at least one of the following samples)
-Writing Sample, [Civil Rights] a drafted legal document or essay that reflects civil rights and advocacy as it pertains to CAIR-Chicago’s scope (max. 15 pages). [All other departments] an original work (2-3 pages) not submitted for academic course work that reflects CAIR-Chicago’s scope as it pertains to the applied position; OR
-Portfolio, [Communications or Operations] a display of completed works displaying skills, interests and perspective that also reflects CAIR-Chicago’s scope as it pertains to the applied position.
Applications and required documents must be submitted by email only to the relevant department. See below.
Applicants must clearly indicate which internship session and position they are applying for in the cover letter. Applications that do not state this information may not be processed.
ACADEMIC CREDIT & COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
Students interested in receiving academic credit (college) or community service hours (high school) should indicate so in their cover letters. Credit may be arranged during the first week of the academic term.
|Civic and social justice,
IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network)
IMAN, incorporated in 1997, was founded by an inter-generational group of students, residents, and organizers united around the need to address violence, poverty, and decay in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood located on Chicago’s southwest side. Driven by their values of service, compassion, and social justice, they began a community assessment and examined alternative strategies to address these conditions. Soon they gathered the attention of community leaders, residents, and others across greater Chicago who shared their commitment to social change.
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Internship Program is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the organization’s holistic approach to social justice and grassroots community work. Interns will have an opportunity to work with non-profit professionals on a range of community issues and projects. Positions are open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies or recent graduates. *Students interested in receiving class credit should contact their academic or career counseling department directly for more information. Please be mindful that registration deadlines vary from university to university.
Development & Training
IMAN seeks to train and cultivate dynamic and talented individuals who are committed to social change and service in the inner city. All interns receive ongoing mentorship and training throughout their program at IMAN. Your supervisor will oversee your work, help identify project goals, and support your professional development. Additionally, we offer a series of training for your continued education. You also have the opportunity to attend weekly staff and community meetings where you will be introduced to people and programs across the community to understand how IMAN is organizing and creating change.
IMAN internships generally run between the following months:
- Winter/Spring: January – May
- Summer: May – September
- Fall: September – December
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The following deadline dates are recommended, and applications received by these dates will be given priority:
- Winter/Spring: January 8
- Summer: June 18
- Fall: August 24
All internships are unpaid and require a minimum 15-hour/week commitment.
Civic and social leadership
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Over the past fifty years, JCUA has flourished as the Jewish voice for social justice in Chicago. Our longstanding mission, to combat poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with diverse communities, has been a consistent unifying message and guiding light for our work. At JCUA interns gain professional experience, as well as tools and skills to excel in an effective and focused non-profit environment. Internships are available in the following areas:
- Advocacy and Community Organizing
- Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Program
- Outreach and Education
- Community Development
- Communications (including video production, graphic design, photography, social media, journalism)
- Fundraising and Event Planning
- Jewish-Muslim Relations
JCUA accepts interns year-round and will accept undergraduate, graduate students and non-students. JCUA encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious background, sexual orientations and genders.
APPLICATION DEADLINES Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until openings are filled.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and desire to work at JCUA, to Sarah Gold at email@example.com. Please specify any program area in which you have a particular interest. JCUA cannot, however, guarantee an internship in only one program area. Interns will be assigned to specific staff members and the staff is committed to providing substantive, positive learning experiences that emphasize mentoring, skill building, and education.
Civic and social leadership,
CIOGC (Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago)
The Council offers a unique and collaborative environment for college students and youth who seek to develop their professional work experience in advocating for the interests of the diverse and growing Chicagoland Muslim community.
Through meaningful, experience-based learning, CIOGC interns will not only enhance current skills, but they will also acquire new skills that contribute to their academic and professional growth. Our interns advance their knowledge and skills by working closely with local and state government, getting published (online and in print), fostering the healthy growth of the Chicagoland Muslim community, and making invaluable connections with our partners of other-faith based communities through great networking events.
Our internship program runs throughout the year and is divided into four sessions to coincide with college and university schedules: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. We are currently seeking interns and volunteers for our Winter and Spring, however, CIOGC accepts applications for interns and volunteers year-round.
If you are a college student who is seeking an internship to earn credits, CIOGC is capable of developing a customized internship program that works with your schedule. If you have any questions about internships or volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Interns and Volunteers
The Council is seeking interns and volunteers to work with their Communications Department. Communications Interns and Volunteers assist in expanding CIOGC’s communications and media presence through journalism and writing, graphic design, web and social media, and audio/video production.
General responsibilities include:
- Writing content for ciogc.org and CIOGC’s newspaper: The Chicago Crescent
- Managing and updating the Council’s social media pages
- Assisting in producing the Council’s weekly e-Newsletter
- Assisting in drafting press releases, press statements and media advisories
- Working with a team to produce short videos and documentaries
- Interns and volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
- Strong desire to develop or enhance skills in any of the following areas: writing/journalism, graphic design, web and social media management, and audio/video production
- Well-organized, ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Audition, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and ProTools are preferred but are not required
Community Organizing Internship
CIOGC is seeking dedicated and responsible interns or volunteers to assist in community organizing efforts. Community organizers will bring together groups of Muslim activists to promote political awareness and participation. The Council accepts applications year-round for Community Organizer Internships. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to email@example.com.
Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day (IMAD) Volunteers
The Council accepts applications year-round for volunteers for its annual Illinois Muslim ACTION! Day (IMAD). Volunteers will assist Council staff in IMAD preparation and day-of-event tasks by working directly with CIOGC staff, community members, and others to ensure the event’s success. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a positive and professional attitude. To apply, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual CommUnity Dinner Volunteers
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) seeks volunteers for its Annual Community Dinner year-round. Volunteers for our Annual Dinner receive a free ticket to the event, tabled seating, and the opportunity to serve the greater Chicagoland Muslim community in one of its largest events of the year.
Volunteers for this event have an opportunity to work within three areas:
All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training previous to the Annual Dinner and must be able to attend a training recap on the day of the event. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for CIOGC’s Annual Dinner, or for more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Civic and social leadership
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)
We live at a time when people of different faith backgrounds are interacting with greater frequency than ever before. We hear the stories of people who seek to make faith a barrier of division or a bomb of destruction all too often. Instead, we view religious and philosophical traditions as bridges of cooperation. Our interfaith movement builds religious pluralism.
We define religious pluralism as a world characterized by:
- Respect for people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities,
- Mutually inspiring relationships between people of different backgrounds, and
- Common action for the common good.
We think pluralism is achieved by two things:
- The science of interfaith cooperation: by creating positive, meaningful relationships across differences, and fostering appreciative knowledge of other traditions, attitudes improve, knowledge increases, and more relationships occur. These three are mutually reinforcing and backed by social science data, what we call the “interfaith triangle”.
- The art of interfaith leadership: people who create and foster opportunities for positive knowledge and opportunities for engagement move others around the interfaith triangle and lead to a community marked by pluralism.
We believe that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier.
Middle Eastern Studies,
The Oriental Institute
The University of Chicago
The Oriental Institute was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind’s progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world’s leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship.
Internships at the Oriental Institute are engaging educational experiences designed for university undergraduate and graduate level students. All internships are unpaid. Interns have an opportunity to gain practical skills as well as work on projects that are meaningful and will provide them with resume-building experience. Working alongside staff members in a tutorial arrangement, interns gain skills and training in museum best practices as well as current museum education theory and hands-on practice.
|Islamic Art History,
The Art Institute of Chicago
It is part of our vocation at the Art Institute of Chicago to ensure that our interns receive an educational and valuable experience while engaging with our skilled team of professionals. As an intern, you will complete various tasks related to department initiatives, while collaborating with industry experts. This includes, and is not limited to, assisting in daily departmental activities, taking part in special projects, and research opportunities. We expect you to not only gain valuable skill sets and learn about workplace interactions, but also gain further insight into your professional interests.
|Civic and Social leadership,
Teaching, Urban Development
Chicago Center for Urban Life & Culture
Chicago Center equips college students and other participants to learn from diverse urban communities through innovative programs, seminars and internships.
The Center expands the traditional classroom with a community-based, first voice pedagogy that prepares its students for greater self-awareness and global citizenship.
|Civic and Social leadership,
Law, Public Service
City of Chicago
25th Ward – Public Service Intern : Unpaid
46th Ward – Aldermanic Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Buildings: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Buildings: Volunteer – Intern – Unpaid
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection: Volunteer – Unpaid
City Treasurer’s Office: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Commission on Human Relations, Office of the Chairman, Public Service Intern- Unpaid
Cultural Affairs and Special Events: Volunteer – Unpaid
Cultural Affairs and Special Events: Volunteer Application – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Contracts Unit: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Finance Division: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Human Resource Division: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Human Service Delivery: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Policy and Advocacy: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Senior Services: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Youth Services Unit: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Family and Support Services – Volunteer Services Program – Unpaid
Fire Department – Human Relations: Public Service Intern -Unpaid
Fire Department – M.A.R.C Division: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Housing and Economic Development – Historic Preservation Division –
Landmark Designation and Survey: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Innovation and Technology -IT Policy: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Innovation and Technology – Programming–DoIT/Geographic Information Systems: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Innovation and Technology – Technical –DoIT/Geographic Information Systems: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Innovation and Technology: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
IPRA – Legal Intern: Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Administrative and Front Desk Intern: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – City of Chicago Office: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Correspondence: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Finance Internship: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office -International Relations and Protocol Internship: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Office of Scheduling and Advance: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – One Good Deed Chicago Intern: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Press and Communications: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Press and Communications Office – Photography: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Scheduling and Advance: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office -Sustainability Communications Analyst: Volunteer Intern – Unpaid
Mayor’s Office – Washington D.C. Office: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Office of the Legislative Inspector General Office – Public Service Intern: Unpaid
Office of Inspector General (OIG) – Database Developer: Student Intern – Unpaid
Office of Inspector General (OIG) – Web Developer: Student Intern – Unpaid
Planning and Development: Volunteers – Unpaid
Planning and Development – Business Development Division: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
Planning and Development – Historic Preservation Division – Permit Review: Public Service – Unpaid
Planning and Development – Historic Preservationm, Urban Planning and Design Division: Public Service – Unpaid
Public Health – Environmental Division: Public Service Intern – Unpaid
AIC has provided the following resources to help you with your internship search. Please visit the links below for more opportunities.