Design and Special Projects Internship Opportunity with CPF

The internship program at the Chicago Parks Foundation offers college students a unique and invaluable resume building work experience while cultivating personal growth. Not only do our interns work closely with members of the Chicago Parks Foundation team, giving them the opportunity to learn about and contribute to many aspects of our philanthropic strategy, they also get to meet and interact with our partner organizations and participate in events featuring our sector leaders.

CPF Intern Job Responsibilities:

Interns are a valued part of our team and are responsible for handling a variety of projects in support of the Chicago Parks Foundation’s mission of building a stronger community dedicated to supporting and conserving parks in Chicago. They assist in supporting our social innovation programs, marketing and social media strategy and office operations, completing a range of tasks, which include but are not limited to:

  • Designing essential marketing pieces for events and campaigns with wide range of distribution per direction
  • Conducting research, preparing reports and drafting posts for the Chicago Parks Foundation blog
  • Assisting with administrative tasks related to grant writing
  • Performing project-specific outreach to nonprofits and other external partners per direction
  • Assisting with special event planning and organization
  • Providing administrative support to a team of 4 (phone calls, calendar management, presentation organization, meeting pre and post coordination, data entry, filing, mass mailings, taking and preparing meeting notes etc.)
  • Contributing to and helping to maintain/enhance the Chicago Parks Foundation’s presence

Job Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate student at reputable college or 4-year university
  • Demonstrated ability to design original marketing materials
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Ability to attend events outside of standard 9am-5pm work hours
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are a must. A successful candidate will work both internally with Foundation colleagues and externally with sponsors, applicants and grantees from diverse populations and communities
  • Interest in and ability to work in both a team environment and alone with minimal direction at times
  • Demonstrate above average computer skills, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

How to Apply:

Please email resume, design work sample and cover letter to addressing the subject line: “Internship.” In your cover letter, please outline your interest in the Chicago Parks Foundation and what you hope to gain from this internship experience. We will only contact candidates who will be asked for interviews. No phone calls please.

Jennie Scheerer