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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. 

Illinois Kids Count Internship – OPEN

We seek an energetic, thoughtful, and committed graduate student to help research and prepare a report on child poverty in Illinois. This work is part of the organization’s Illinois Kids Count project, which produces an annual report that is shared with a large audience of policymakers and community leaders and is widely covered by the media.

Illinois Kids Count 2015 will focus on trends in child poverty over the past 15 years. The report will include a wide range of indicators on statewide trends, as well as changes in the geography of poverty within metropolitan Chicago and the state as whole. The report will also present data on safety net programs and other policies designed to reduce or alleviate child poverty. Various essays will provide a broader context for understanding the key trends and issues and will discuss policy strategies for addressing child poverty at the federal, state, and local levels.

Responsibilities include conducting background research; compiling data from the American Community Survey and other federal and state sources; creating tables and graphs in Excel; drafting and copyediting sections of the report; and assisting with media outreach and other communications efforts.


  • Graduate work in public policy, sociology, political science, or related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in issues related to child poverty.
  • Experience with data analysis.
  • Strong communications skills.
  • Familiarity with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Minimum requirement of 15 hours to a maximum of 24 hours on site, per week.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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 


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