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:

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

Data & Analytics: This team is designed in order to equip our organizations to be able to continue using public and organizational data after the project timeline has finished. The various parts of these projects will not only provide an Executive Director or another staff member with the materials needed to begin to use data to support their organizational goals, but they are also intended to help engage other staff and board members in the process of using data to make and support decisions as well as build competencies and confidence in commonly used data analysis techniques.

$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 <rkpriest@uchicago.edu>.  Job Opportunities at $13/hr.  Note:  Workstudy is required for these field placements.

Internships 

Communications Intern - Job Description

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Compensation

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

To Apply - Resume, Letter of Interest, List of 3 References, emailed to communityprograms@uchicago.edu

Graduate Student Resource Coordinator (2-3 positions)

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

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.

Compensation

$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 <skmoorer@uchicago.edu>

Graduate Project Managers

Job Description

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 managers under the direction of Accelerator staff and organizational leadership to execute a wide variety of projects aimed at increasing the capacity or enhancing the programing of the nonprofit organization. General project areas include, but are not limited to, communication and technology, fund development, and program design and evaluation. 

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with organizational leadership to develop project requirements and timelines based on organizational needs
  • Track project progress and advise organizational leadership on project challenges
  • Conduct research to inform project design and deliverables
  • Complete various tasks to assist with the implementation of the project

​Qualifications

  • 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
  • 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

​Compensation

$14 per hour, up to twelve hours a week.

To Apply - Resume, Letter of Interest, List of 3 References, emailed to communityprograms@uchicago.edu

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.  

Responsibilities

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.

Compensation

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

To Apply

Please email a resume, cover letter and list of 3 references to communityprograms@uchicago.edu.