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Staff Positions

Currently, there are no open staff positions.

 


 

Internship Positions

The Voices Internship Program provides interns in communications, development, policy, and public awareness (see listings below) with valuable experience and networking opportunities with a leading advocacy organization in the state of Illinois. Voices for Illinois Children provides a flexible work schedule and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for students to polish their skills and advance their career goals. 

Melissa Meighen Communications Internship – OPEN

Voices has established a new internship that provides a modest stipend in honor of our friend and colleague Melissa Meighen. Potential candidates should demonstrate a desire to focus on child and family issues in the policy arena, with the goal of improving the lives of Illinois children and their families.

Potential candidates should have a keen interest in developing their communication skills through a variety of assignments. These opportunities would include, but not be limited to, the annual Kids Count media release, community events, social media, and website communications.

We seek an energetic, thoughtful, and committed student for this position. The intern’s primary tasks will be to: assist in strategic communications planning; plan and coordinate special events; conduct media research and outreach; write articles and media pitch letters; design flyers, invitations, ads, and brochures; and assist with the organization’s website and other e-advocacy tools.

Qualifications:

  • Recent college graduate or graduate student in public relations, public affairs, journalism, marketing, or a related field of study 
  • Strong written and oral skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 

All potential candidates for the Melissa Meighen Communications Internship should email or mail a resume and cover letter to:

Joan Vitale
Director of Special Initiatives
Voices for Illinois Children
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1490
Chicago, IL 60604
jvitale@voices4kids.org
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Development Internship – OPEN

We currently seek a motivated and entrepreneurial student for a development internship position. The internship will focus on supporting the development staff with fundraising activities including the annual Illinois Kids Count dinner. The intern will conduct research on funders, assist in managing data systems, conduct outreach to potential sponsors, and manage volunteers for various fundraising activities.

Qualifications:

  • Upper-level undergraduate student and or graduate school student
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in fundraising
  • Strong written and oral skills including a background in research
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent computers skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Policy Internship – OPEN

We offer rotating opportunities for students interested in public policy. This position focuses on policy and data research and analysis, staff support of coalition committees, and assisting in the writing of policy briefs and newsletter articles. The intern will be exposed to a variety of children’s policy issues including health, early childhood education, and family economic security.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate school student preferably in public policy, public health, political science, social work, or related field
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in children’s policy
  • Strong written and oral skills including a background in research
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent computers skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 

Illinois Kids Count Internship – OPEN

We seek an energetic, thoughtful, and committed graduate student to help research and prepare a comprehensive child data and policy report. This report will form the basis for the organization’s annual Illinois Kids Count report, which is shared with a large audience of policymakers and community leaders and is widely reported by the media.

The Illinois Kids Count project analyzes trends in child and family well-being data and proposes public policy solutions to improve the lives of children and is partially supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Voices’ Illinois Kids Count report is an anticipated and highly regarded research product with up-to-date data on the quality of life facing children and a thoughtful analysis of policy and program implications. It is an essential part of Voices’ efforts to increase understanding of the conditions facing children and their families and support our broad public policy agenda.

The student will write his or her findings for publication in the printed Illinois Kids Count report as well as in the Illinois Kids Count online database. The printed report is widely distributed to an audience of state and federal legislators, the Governor and state agency directors, civic and community leaders, and the media.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate school student preferably in public policy, public health, political science, or related field
  • Excellent written and oral skills including a background in research and data collection
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong computer skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Takes initiative and responsibility

 

Currently, the development, policy, and Illinois Kids Count internships are unpaid. Potential candidates for these internships should email a resume and cover letter to:

Madelyn James
Project Director
Voices for Illinois Children
E-mail: mjames@voices4kids.org
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE