Student Opportunities

Through the Community Programs Accelerator, University students will have opportunities to develop their skills with while working with Community Organizations in one of the following:

Team-Based Project Consultants

The Accelerator is seeking to pair students with expertise/experience in topical areas with organizations that have discrete project needs that can be accomplished in a set period of time.  Students serve as Project Consultants under the direction of Accelerator staff and organizational leadership.  General areas include:

Communications and Tech: Develop and utilize your communications skills through

  • Social Media Management
  • Website Development
  • Developing Community Outreach Materials

Fund Development: Develop and utilize your communications skills through

  • Prospective Grant Research
  • Grant writing and editing
  • Assisting with grant reporting

Program Design and Evaluation: Develop and utilize your skills in Curriculum development and evaluation through

  • Researching & Developing Program Curricula
  • Evaluating Program Outreach & Impact
  • Developing data for presentation

$12 per hour, for 5-10 hours per week.

To Apply - Please fill out our online Application  

Field Placements (Federal Work-Study Program)

To find out about potential field placements with Community Organizations that work with the Accelerator, please email Ryan Priester <>.  Job Opportunities at $13/hr.  Note:  Workstudy is required for these field placements.


Communications Intern - Job Description


  • Support Director of Programs and Program Lead with planning and implementation of programs.
  • Develop social media communications strategy.
  • Maintain ongoing social media presence; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn by posting photos, news articles and live social media coverage of our events and programs.
  • Write and enlist guest writers of blog posts about our program achievements, current and upcoming programs.
  • Occasional research projects to support program development.

Desired qualifications:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, and able to manage projects independently.
  • Interest in and experience with social media communications.
  • Interest in development issues relating to nonprofits. 
  • Ability to work in a diverse work environment.


$14 per hour, for 5-10 hours per week.

To Apply - Resume, Letter of Interest, List of 3 References, emailed to

Graduate Student Resource Coordinator (2-3 positions)


Each Summer Graduate Student Resource Coordinator (GSRC) will work primarily with one Accelerator participant organization.  The primary responsibility of the GSRC is to support and facilitate the organizations’ receipt of capacity building resources, working closely with the participant, including but not limited to the following:

Assistance with the implementation of recommended actions related to the development of key operations processes, including accounting/financial systems, reporting/recordkeeping systems, client and donor/funder databases, data and evaluation metrics, and communications plans;

Assistance in the development and implementation of issue/task specific projects related to the organization’s mission and/or program work;

Maintenance of participant interaction, from preparation to follow-up, and performance of organizational responsibilities as needed;

Participation in critical organizational planning processes (business, marketing, operations, strategy);

Periodic reconciliation of all Accelerator participant work with the Associate Director.


Active candidacy in a University of Chicago graduate degree program (including but not limited to business, law, social service administration, public policy or related areas of study), with a strong academic record;

Commitment to and passion for developing strong, effective and impactful nonprofit and community-based organizations making critical contributions within their own neighborhoods/areas;

Strong project management skills, including prioritization and multitasking, as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively;

Strong analytical, problem solving, organizational and research skills;

Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with persons of different ages, backgrounds, and experience levels;

Flexibility and comfort working with a small organization, including the ability to relate to its target population.

Experience in curriculum development and evaluation preferred.


$15 per hour, 10 hours per week, for full academic year, with the option for summer employment.

To Apply - Resume, Letter of Interest, List of 3 References, emailed to Shannon Moorer <>