Student Opportunities

Through the Community Programs Accelerator, University students have the opportunity to develop their skills while working with community organizations in one of the following positions.


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

Non-Profit Project Manager (Graduate Student Position)


Each Non-Profit Project Manager (NPPM) will work primarily with one to two Accelerator participant organizations.  The primary responsibility of the NPPM 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 in the development and implementation of issue/task specific projects related to the organization’s mission and/or program work
  • Performance of organizational responsibilities as needed
  • Participation in critical organizational planning processes (business, marketing, operations, strategy)
  • Assistance in the progression of the participant’s Accelerator program plan
  • Periodic reconciliation of all Accelerator participant work with the Associate Director


Qualifications for NPPMs include:

  • Active candidacy in a University of Chicago graduate degree program 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, multitasking, and 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; the ability to relate to its target population
  • Skill based competencies preferred, including but not limited to curriculum assessment and development, database/software proficiency, evaluation, and program design and implementation


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

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and list of 3 references to

Student Program Manager, Strategic Support Services

Job Description 

In fall of 2017, the UChicago Community Programs Accelerator (CPA) will launch the Civic Impact Alliance (CIA), a coalition of social impact groups that will have access to the strategic support and client recruitment services necessary to expand. The Student Program Manager of Strategic Support Services will be responsible for directing the array of programs offered to coalition members to galvanize future improvements in their programming.  


Because the Civic Impact Alliance is a new initiative, the Student Program Manager will not only execute the Strategic Support Services program, but will also provide expertise on how to design and strengthen educational support as a component of the CIA program as a whole.

  • Support the Director of Community Programs and the Student Program Director with the development and design of the first Civic Impact Alliance cohort.
  • Implement and oversee the support services offered to coalition members.
  • Host educational seminars, networking opportunities and career advising sessions that meet the unique needs of coalition members.  
  • Routinely evaluate program to identify areas for improvement and new opportunities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong project management skills, including prioritization and multitasking, as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Self-motivated and detail oriented, with a strong understanding of the Civic Impact Alliance and Community Program Accelerator’s mission.
  • Interest and experience with nonprofit consulting.
  • Past experience organizing and implementing an initiative as a leader.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.


$12 per hour, for 10 – 15 hours per week.

To Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter and list of 3 references to