The David L. Hoyt Education Foundation internship program offers exciting opportunities for students and young professionals to gain professional experience working side-by- side with foundation staff and board members. Interns will be actively involved with all areas of non-profit management on many different levels. Interns will receive tasks and challenges that will provide direct support to our day-to- day activities. DLH Foundation staff and board members serve as mentors to each intern and ensure they have every chance for professional growth. Our goal is to give interns a comprehensive experience in education based non-profit management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field.
***Items of note: Exact schedules are to be determined by the specific internship program. Exact dates are flexible and arranged to correspond with intern’s college schedules. Housing is not provided. College credit may be available through the intern’s university or college. Otherwise, these internships are unpaid. The DLH Foundation also accepts intern applications on an open basis throughout the year.***
Library Program Interns The position of Program Intern will include time spent at Chicago Public Libraries throughout the city (public transportation provided or paid for) and at the David L. Hoyt Center for Collaborative Learning in Lincoln Square. Interns will spend one week training to learn how to play two large format educational games, GIANT Word Winder and GIANT Math Winder. Both GIANT games have how to videos and can be viewed on the Word Winder YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDeYmGfpnX3P4Ssv986LkIA). After training, Interns will spend the remainder of their internship teaching and interacting with students of all ages, both at the DLH Center for Collaborative Learning and at Chicago Public Library locations. Interns will also be tasked with documentation of game play, as well as monitoring game play which can at times include being in charge of a large group of children. Candidates must be able to follow directions well, have strong interpersonal communication skills, and an interest in playing games with children.
Development Interns The position of Development Intern will be mentored by the DLH Education Foundation development staff. The Development Intern will work from the Foundation’s office at the DLH Center for Collaborative Learning in Lincoln Square. Interns will spend the duration of their internship learning the ins and outs of grant preparation and fundraising. Interns will have a flexible schedule, but will be expected to attend all fundraising events and complete 12-15 hours of office work per week. Duties will include researching individual, foundation, and corporate donors; assisting in the development of written materials including letters, reports, proposals, and invitations; organizing and implementing plans for fundraising events; data entry and other general office tasks; and other duties as assigned. Candidates must have strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel skills a must); excellent writing skills; the ability to multi-task and work within a team environment; and the focus to take on independent projects. Work with Adobe InDesign and interest in graphic design a plus.
Marketing Interns Marketing interns will have the opportunity to work with members of the Marketing Team. Responsibilities will include building our social network, program promotion, neighborhood relations, and e-marketing. Prospective interns must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel skills a must); the ability to multi-task and work within a team environment; and the focus to take on independent projects. Candidates should also be skilled in Photoshop or equivalent.