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, internship will receive a nominal stipend. The DLH Foundation also accepts intern applications on an open basis throughout the year.****
The position of Administrative Internwill be mentored by the DLH Education Foundation staff. The Administrative 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, general office work, as well as have the opportunity to work on building our social network, program promotion, neighborhood relations, and e-marketing. 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 or Photoshop and interest in graphic design a plus.
The position of Program Intern will include time spent at Chicago Public Libraries throughout the city (public transportation provided or paid for). Interns will spend one week training to learn how to play and then teach 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 at Chicago Public Library locations throughout the city. 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.
The DLH Foundation is in search of a qualified candidate to fill the position of Public Art Project Intern. The PA Project Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and the Community Outreach Coordinator to plan and execute a public art project called Word Play Way in the neighborhood of North Lawndale. Word Play Way, is a path of words that has been stenciled onto a sidewalk within a long word search containing thousands of letters. For more details and images of last years installation in Lincoln Square, visit https://www.davidlhoytfoundation.org/word-play-way.html.
This year, we have partnered with the Poetry Center of Chicago to install Word Play Way in Douglas Park. And, instead of words around a theme, this year’s Word Play Way will feature a site-specific poem written by poet Roger Reeves, a former resident of North Lawndale. The project is in beginning stages and we are looking for a qualified candidate to assist in management of the project schedule, volunteers, and maintain communications between partners this summer. The project intern will also assist in the installation and assist in managing the project while on site. The internship with begin June 4th and extend through August 24th. The selected intern will receive a monthly stipend of $300/month and will be expected to work 10 hours a week leading up to the project and 15-20 hours a week during installation (2 weeks). Reliable transportation a plus!
Requirements: Strong project or event management skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills Commitment to providing community spaces for the public to enjoy Interest in literacy, education, and nonprofit sector Experience painting outdoors a plus Able to work well under pressure and deadlines Self-motivated, professional, and be able to work collaboratively or independently
If interested, please email a resume and cover letter to Claire Haasl, Executive Director at Claire@davidlhoytfoundation.org.