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Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

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The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) offers several different volunteer or internship opportunities. Since we are home to a wide variety of program activities, volunteers can find an opportunity that best fits their interests.

The ICA believes that volunteer and internship opportunities should be mutually beneficial exchanges, both parties learning and growing from the experience. Below is a list of the current volunteer and internship opportunities.

For more information, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Caitlin Sarro at 773-769-6363 ext. 316, or email at volunteer@ica-usa.org. To apply for an opportunity please submit a Volunteer-Intern Form online and let us know what you're interested in!



Current Volunteer/Internship Opportunities


Inter-Office Research Assistant

Work with many different departments within the organization on researching grants and projects with a primary focus on sustainability, development, and green efforts.

Skills Needed: Experience in web-based research, excellent writing skills, self-starter, and ability to multitask.

Skills Gained: Effective research skills, community resource knowledge, experience with current sustainability efforts in Chicago, expanded knowledge on resource development along with grant research and application process within a nonprofit setting.

Time Requirement: Flexible


Archives Assistant

The ICA has a rich history of social service work both in Chicago and around the globe. There is a great deal of information on past projects, and we are now trying to create an archival system. The goal is to make the ICA-USA Archives accessible, digitized, and searchable.

Skills Needed: Ability to read, write, and memorize items with relative ease. Some basic knowledge of MS Office Programs and FileMaker Pro.

Skills Acquired: Overview of the archival process, knowledge of mission purpose and history of the Institute of Cultural Affairs, and experience of the legacy of attitudes and skills of staff and volunteers over a 50 year period.

Time Requirement: Flexible


Accelerate77 Intern

Assisting the Transformational Programming Team in the design and implementation of the Accelerate77 project and the Sustainability Leaders Network. Visit www.Accelerate77.net to learn more about the project.
Skills Needed: Someone who is self motivated and has a creative mind. Written, verbal and organizational skills would be preferred but a real desire to help others is required.

Skills Gained: Understanding the way that a non-profit operates, increased experience in community organizing and  greater exposure to important work happening within the 77 community areas of Chicago. 

Time Requirement: Flexible


Online Marketing Intern

Assisting the Director of Resource Development and External Affairs with a number of services related to the online promotion of the ICA.

Skills Needed: An interest in marketing/arts or computer sciences, experience with html, web design and desktop publishing. Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills

Skills Gained: Understanding the way that a non-profit operates, increased experience on marketing and computer skills, creating tangible results and pieces for your portfolio.

Time Requirement: Flexible


IT Intern

Description: Website maintenance, computer repairs and updates, program development. Ideal for an individual who would like to expand their current skill set, can creatively address problems, and likes working collaboratively with others.

Skills Needed: Advanced computer skills, self-starter, motivated, experience in web development, excellent writing and research skills.

Skills Gained: Research skills, community resource knowledge, web development experience, insight into the non-profit world, and how to work effectively within a team setting.

Time Requirement: Flexible


Office Operations Intern

This would be an ideal internship for and individual who would like to understand accounting and human resource procedures within a nonprofit.

Skills Needed: Experience working with computers and filing, basic accounting skills/interest, (QuickBooks knowledge helpful, but not necessary)

Skills Gained: How to effective use QuickBooks, book keeping skills for a small company, general accounting knowledge, and the basics of handling HR within an office. An ideal opportunity for someone interested in small-business development or nonprofit management.

Time Requirement: Flexible


Learning Basket Intern

The Learning Basket is an early learning and family literacy program. The goal is to assist and educate families and caregivers on an early childhood development. An ideal intern for this position would have an interest/experience in early childhood development, and would be looking to expand their operational skill set.

Skills Needed: Willingness to participate in outreach and public relations, proficient computer skills, interest in early childhood development, and ability to effectively communicate with different types of personalities.

Skills Gained: Practical experience in public relations, forming a greater network of individuals and organizations implementing early childhood development programs and initiatives in the Chicagoland area. Improved marketing and communication skills.

Time Requirements: Flexible


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