Nonprofit management Intern


Internship Opportunity-

Nonprofit Management Intern

The Illinois Public Health Institute is seeking a graduate student to provide hands-on support in a variety of domains related to nonprofit management.

1)    Description of Illinois Public Health Institute

The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is a partnership of public, private and voluntary organizations that seeks to maximize health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Illinois.  IPHI administers a number of partnership-driven projects addressing specific program areas, including the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD), the Center for Health and Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI).

IPHI stands at the nexus of public health planning and policy, with programs, partnerships or projects in Reducing Health Disparities, working on the State Health Improvement Plan, Training and Technical Assistance for local health department (LHD) assessment and certification, a pilot for voluntary LHD Accreditation, Quality improvement and performance management training and technical assistance, the development of a statewide Public Health Web-based Data Query System, coordination of stakeholder engagement for large-scale health information system design initiatives, and leadership and advocacy around preventing obesity in Illinois.

2)    Description of the project/placement/practicum

The exact nature of the Internship tasks will be negotiated between the Intern and the Intern Supervisor, depending on needs, skills and interests.  Possible internship tasks include:

  • Coordinate the work of the organization’s Board of Directors, advisory committees, councils, task forces and teams, including establishment of meeting schedules, recruitment and participant communication, creation of meeting agendas, minutes and materials, and facilitation of meetings to accomplish project goals as necessary.
  • Draft, review, comment and edit organization, department and programmatic goals and objectives.
  • Draft, review, edit, interpret and report on budgets, spending plans and other financial reports.
  • Research, draft, and review human resources policies and procedures.
  • Research and test administrative software packages relating to non-profit operations.
  • Support fundraising and resource development plans in partnership with development consultants and project staff.
  • Research, draft, edit and review organizational policy materials.
  • Participate in local, regional and national gatherings relevant to organizational interests and operations, both with senior staff and as their representative.
  • Draft and review materials for state, federal and foundation reporting requirements.
  • Administrative and clerical support for all of the above tasks.

3)    Skills that would be desirable to accomplish this project

Qualified applicants will possess the following: excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to take initiative on projects; comfortable working independently and in a team; an interest in improving the public health through policy and systems change.

Additional requirements include: interest in the development and management of large-scale systems change, willingness to work on a project where the long-term impact won’t be realized during the internship; writing and editing for online communication media desirable but not required.

4)    Location where the intern would be housed

The intern will have a designated space, with a desk and a computer at Illinois Public Health Institute, 954 West Washington, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.

5)    Duration of internship and time commitment

The duration and time commitment will be negotiated between the successful applicant and her internship supervisor, and be further defined according by the internship requirements of the student’s school.  Interns will be expected to track their own hours worked and meet all negotiated requirements.

Generally, work will be carried out between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.  IPHI will be happy to work with the student’s institution to support course credit or practicum requirements.

6)    Compensation for the internship

This is an unpaid position.

7)    How to apply

No phone calls, please. To apply, send the following three items

  • a personalized cover letter referencing the candidate’s relevant experience and training and how they fit the internship opportunity
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • one writing sample, no longer than five pages

to  Applications without all three requirements will not be considered.

8)   Equal Opportunity Employer

The Illinois Public Health Institute is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We commit to our coworkers, applicants and community to have internships and job opportunities open to everyone equally. It is the policy and practice of IPHI not to discriminate against any coworker or applicant on hiring decisions or career advancement because of race, color, religion national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or any other personal characteristic which is not a relevant qualification to the specific position.