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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Urban Planning Intern - Collins Engineers (Chicago)

Who: Collins Engineers is looking to hire for a part-time paid internship within the CDOT Project Coordination Office (PCO). The PCO’s mission is to relieve the burden on the citizens of Chicago by creating an environment in which stakeholders performing public and private construction can do so collaboratively, openly, efficiently, safely, and with minimal disruption to the public. The internship is an excellent opportunity to experience the planning process for Chicago's Transportation and Infrastructure projects.

What: Typical duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Compiles reports
  • Property checks other employee’s calculations
  • Uses computer assisted engineering and design software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents
  • Field work will be required

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Policy & Government Affairs Intern - Illinois Partners for Human Services (closes Nov. 9)

Who: Illinois Partners for Human Service

We are a statewide advocacy organization with over 800 coalition partners located in every legislative district in Illinois. Our mission is to protect and support our state’s most important resource—the residents of Illinois—by creating a stronger and more stable human services sector.

What: Illinois Partners for Human Service is seeking a Policy & Government Affairs Intern for January-June 2019.

The policy intern will work at our office located in River North and will assist with multiple projects within our organization, which include but are not limited to the following:
  • Policy research and creation of educational tools to inform coalition partners
  • Monitor and analyze state legislation and budget decisions proposed by policymakers 
  • Research areas of interest to health and human services 
  • Identify policy priorities and develop policy recommendations based on legislative and regulatory matters 
  • Create action alerts, data/fact sheets, and other communication materials to inform our partnership base on specific issues 
  • Participate in meetings with various committees and workgroups, such as Westside ConnectED and State Health Improvement Plan Council 
  • Support outreach to state legislators, the Governor’s office, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other entities 
  • Help organize meetings with state legislators and other public officials
Our objective is to keep our coalition partners ready to react quickly to new policy priorities. The policy intern will therefore need to keep current on both state legislation and other related health and human service initiatives as they develop.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Research & Analysis Intern - Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency

Who: Chicago Metro Planning Agency

What: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire an intern in the Research & Analysis Division of the Planning Department. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region’s comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues. See

Position Description:
 The intern will work with the Research and Analysis team. This will be limited, part-time internship of no more than 19 hours/week during the school year, and will involve participating in a variety of geographic information system (GIS)-based data development activities to support long-range population forecasting work at CMAP.

Essential Functions:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Marketing + Business Development Intern - Greenprint Partners

Who: Greenprint Partners is a green infrastructure delivery partner that helps cities achieve high-impact, community-driven stormwater solutions at scale. Our green infrastructure projects are designed to maximize community benefits, be delivered at scale, and maintained for the long-term. That’s how our team of project managers, community organizers, landscape architects, engineers, and finance professionals helps get the most good out of green infrastructure. Greenprint Partners is a women-owned, certified B-Corp.

We’ve got a big vision: by 2050, every U.S. city facing stormwater management challenges is implementing a comprehensive green infrastructure plan, the natural choice for strengthened community, shared prosperity, and ecological health. architects, engineers, and finance professionals helps get the most good out of green infrastructure. Greenprint Partners is a women-owned, certified B-Corp.

We’ve been featured recently in: the Social Innovations Journal, WRI’s The Business of Planting Trees, Impact Alpha, and Fast Company. architects, engineers, and finance professionals helps get the most good out of green infrastructure. Greenprint Partners is a women-owned, certified B-Corp.

About working at Greenprint Partners architects, engineers, and finance professionals helps get the most good out of green infrastructure. Greenprint Partners is a women-owned, certified B-Corp.

Greenprint is an early stage company that recently raised a $1.5M investment round from a coalition of impact investors including the Kresge Foundation. We have built a flexible, fast-paced, demanding and fun work environment. We find that the people who thrive here are “doers” who enjoy taking ownership of their projects, and working as a team to strategize, iterate, and execute quickly. We believe strongly we’re in it together, and we see each new team member as a long-term investment in our shared future. We are proud of our company values: architects, engineers, and finance professionals helps get the most good out of green infrastructure. Greenprint Partners is a women-owned, certified B-Corp.

Greenprint Partners’ office is located in downtown Chicago convenient to Metra and El in a vibrant, professional coworking space. architects, engineers, and finance professionals helps get the most good out of green infrastructure. Greenprint Partners is a women-owned, certified B-Corp.


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James J. Stukel Fellows Program - UIC Great Cities Insitute

Who: Great Cities Institute

What: Under Dr. James J. Stukel’s leadership, UIC created a Great Cities initiative to embrace its commitment as an “engaged” university. As part of GCI’s 21st anniversary celebration, the GCI James J. Stukel Fellows Program was established as a prestigious award for graduate students.

The mission of the UIC Great Cities Institute is to link its academic resources with a range of partners to address urban issues by providing research, policy analysis and program development. Tied to UIC’s Great Cities Commitment, GCI seeks to improve quality of life in Chicago, its metropolitan region, and cities throughout the world.

Students that are selected to participate in the James J. Stukel Fellow Program will have the unique opportunity to interface directly with the GCI team and receive support for their research and planning pursuits.

Opportunities include participation in:

Study Abroad China (closes Oct. 31)

Who: Study Abroad China

What: Supported by a generous grant from the Wanxiang Corporation, the University of Illinois at Chicago joins its sister campuses in Urbana and Springfield to offer a unique opportunity for undergraduates to learn about the challenges and opportunities related to sustainability, green technology, and renewable resources in China in the unique cultural and natural environments of the urban landscapes of Beijing and Hangzhou. These two cities are connected by the Grand Canal, a unique engineering project as the longest and largest ancient artificial waterway in the world. For several hundred years, it has enabled cultural exchange, trade, and political integration between the north and south of China and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Chicago Mayor's Office Fellowship Program

Who: Chicago Mayor's Office

What: The Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program is the premier opportunity for bright, motivated, and civic-minded graduate students from all disciplines to apply their coursework to the greatest municipal laboratory in the world: the City of Chicago. Fellows serve the people of Chicago by supporting policy, legislative, data, communications, and public engagement initiatives within city government. By working hand-in-hand with senior staff in the Office of the Mayor and leaders from various departments and sister agencies throughout the city, Fellows deliver recommendations and implement programs that improve the lives of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents.

Dates of Fellowship: Monday, June 10th, 2019 - Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Application Deadline: Friday, November 9th, 2018

The City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program provides an in-depth view of how city government operates. Fellows will have the opportunity to:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Community Investment Intern (Summer 2019) - Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago

Who: The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is currently seeking a summer intern in our Community Investment group. We are a federally chartered corporation and one of 11 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) that, with the Office of Finance, comprise the Federal Home Loan Bank System. The FHLBanks were chartered by Congress under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act of 1932 to improve the availability of funds to support home ownership. Each FHLBank is cooperatively owned by member financial institutions in its district and operated as a separate entity with its own management, employees, and board of directors; our district consists of the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. Core to our mission is supporting the community investment activities of our members.

What: As a valued contributor on a team of housing finance professionals, our interns are actively engaged in the review and underwriting of a variety of affordable housing projects and programs. This is a paid position. The Community Investment internship will involve the following:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Spring Intern - Design Workshop (closes Oct. 22)

Who: Design Workshop Inc. is an internationally recognized firm focused on landscape architecture, urban design, community and regional planning, market analysis and strategic services. We believe that when environment, economics, art and community are combined in harmony with the dictates of the land and needs of society, magical places result- sustainable places of timeless beauty, significant value and enduring quality. Through a closely collaborative process at all levels, Design Workshop is dedicated to creating legacy projects for our clients, for society and for the well-being of our planet. Our pioneering efforts have been recognized with more than 260 awards from such organizations as the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute.

What: We are seeking interns for our spring semester internship program. Design Workshop internships are designed to expose students to a collaborative, professional office environment and a team of experienced design professionals. Selected individuals will participate in a 12-week internship at Design Workshop from January to April/May. Students will be exposed to both the creative and business environment.

This spring, we are offering spring internships in our following offices: Aspen, CO, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL and Lake Tahoe.

General Admin Student Support Intern - Department Of Justice (Chicago, IL)

Who: Chicago Department of Justice

What: This is a temporary Pathways Internship Program appointment not-to-exceed one year from appointment and may be extended in 1-year increments based on program needs and if the student continues to meet program requirements. This position has conversion potential provided that all of the requirements for conversion have been met. This vacancy will close at 11:59 ET on the closing date or 11:59 on the day we receive the 100th application, whichever comes first.

As a General Admin Student Support Intern with the OIG, your duties will consist of, but not limited to:
  • Communication with complainants, instructing them on how to file a complaint, and referring them to the appropriate agency, as appropriate 
  • Receiving, reviewing and categorizing allegations and complaints received by mail, fax and email 
  • Developing skills in data collection and analysis; 
  • Locating and compiling data or information from records or databases; 
  • Producing a variety of written documents utilizing various advanced word processing software functions. 
  • Working from handwritten draft, editing copy, or electronic files created by another staff member; 
  • Opening and distributing mail; preparing, receiving, reviewing and verifying documents; 
  • Maintaining office records; filing material; locating and compiling data or information from files; 
  • Assisting with the formulation and development of reports; 
  • Interacting and communicating with other staff members in a professional manner; 
  • Working as a part of a team on various projects; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively; 
  • Completing assigned projects in a timely manner; 
  • Securing information from the files and related sources. 
  • Administrative Support to include property management, procurement research, transcription processing, and data call administration.