Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Internship Descriptions

Learn more about the opportunities for Social Justice Interns!


Catholic Charities Positions:

Government Relations

The Government Grants intern will get a lot of hands-on experience in government grant preparation and writing, helping obtain the funding needed to make Catholic Charities' work possible. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and research skills and a strong commitment to social justice and advocacy. This intern will learn about the government grants process from a very successful team of writers, and any previous experience with this work is a plus.

Immigration and Naturalization

The intern will support Immigrant Survivors Project Specialists by assisting with advocacy on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including writing and/or translating victims’ personal statements and civil documents such as marriage, death, divorce, and birth certificates; taking fingerprints for FBI background checks; writing executive case summaries; reviewing and summarizing medical, court, and police records, helping maintain database records, and making photocopies of legal cases. Additionally, the intern will support the Family Reunification Program with broad immigration issues related to immigration processes. Spanish language required.

Latino Affairs

Catholic Charities serves over 175,000 Latinos in Cook and Lake County each year. The Office of Latino Affairs promotes Catholic Charities services to Latinos through community outreach and education efforts, identifies unmet needs in the Latino community and works collaboratively toward creative solutions, and acts as a resource to parishes and community partners, streaming the referral process for Latinos in need of services. The Social Justice Intern in Latino Affairs will primarily work on communications and event management. Spanish language strongly preferred by not strictly required.

Volunteer Relations

The intern working with the Volunteer Relations Department at Catholic Charities will gain a high level understanding of the inner-workings of a mission-driven nonprofit organization. The intern will assist with the recruitment, screening, and onboarding of new volunteers within the agency, as well as work extensively with Catholic Charities' holiday gift initiative, Celebration of Giving. The intern will also have the opportunity to choose other services offered at Catholic Charities (Refugee Resettlement, Early Childhood Development, Emergency Services, Senior Services, etc.) and do site visits to learn more about our large social service organization and focus particular programmatic interests.

Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America (FORA) position:

Interns at FORA will spend approximately 60% to 70% of their time supporting our core mission of high dosage tutoring for foundational educational skill development for formerly illiterate refugee students. The other 30% to 40% of their time will be spent working closely with our staff on FORA's institutional key support areas of Administration, Operations, Educational Standards, and/or Fundraising and Networking. The area of institutional support to which the Intern will be assigned will depend upon FORA’s needs at the time and the intern’s interests.

The large majority of FORA’s 60 students are Rohingya students who have suffered from ethnic cleansing and genocide and who arrive in the United States illiterate in their native language. On-site interns will work with and get to well know all students. FORA is not a traditional "homework center," and the type of tutoring that we engage in is cutting edge and is called "high dosage tutoring," targeted to address the specific needs of refugee “SIFE” students. (students with interrupted formal education). We offer each child at least ten hours a week of 2-to-1 or 1-to-1 student-teacher ratio tutoring focused on foundational skills and educational scaffolding.

GirlForward Positions:

Programs Assistant

Interns work closely with their assigned supervisor to tailor the internship to the interns specific learning interests. All program assistants have the same basic responsibilities but their focus varies depending on program placement. Program Assistants can work with MENTORING, EDUCATION, OR SAFE SPACES. MENTORING Program Assistants are more focused on the mentoring matches, supporting mentors, and event planning. EDUCATION Program Assistants are more focused on creating academic supports, supporting tutors, and building academic curriculum for Camp GirlForward. SAFE SPACES Program Assistants are more focused on supporting the Advisory Board participants, monitoring and evaluation, and designing programs.

Specific responsibilities for all Program Assistants include: 

  • Assisting staff with participant recruitment and retention.
  • Assisting staff with volunteer management by supporting a caseload of mentoring matches and/or tutors and brainstorming solutions for volunteer challenges.
  • Creating content and curriculum for specific programs.
  • Engaging community through special events, workshops, and home visits.
  • Building relationships with participants through tutoring and social support.
  • Completing administrative tasks such as data entry and evaluation.

Communications and Development Assistant

Interns work closely with their assigned supervisor to tailor the internship to the interns specific learning interests. The Communications & Development Assistant promotes GirlForward’s mission, brand and programs through the website, email, and social media as well as donor communications. They work on strategic communications, digital organizing, and content creation.

Specific responsibilities for all Development & Communications Assistants include: 

  • Implementing messaging with dignity communication strategies through narrative creation, posting content, and creating marketing materials.
  • Researching social media and digital campaigns best practices.
  • Build community relationships with donors and participants.
  • Planning fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Completing administrative tasks such as data entry and evaluation.

Misericordia Position:

Personal Effectiveness Program (Behavioral Health Program)

The Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP) was specifically developed for individuals who are unable to effectively adapt to the demands or experiences within typical developmental and vocational settings. The program and environment is designed to address residents’ behavioral needs while promoting the development of adaptive behaviors necessary to participate productively in their choice of training and enrichment programs.  Using sensory and interactive technology including IPADS and Smart Boards, PEP instructors assist individuals in gaining and enhancing skills in the areas of concentrating, waiting, asking for help appropriately, making choices, and accepting correction or redirection.

Interns will assist classroom instructors in providing individualized services to participants.  These specialized services could include communication, positive behavior support, functional academic & vocational skills, independent living skills, and social & interpersonal skills.   Interns will co-facilitate with instructors in group settings and provide 1:1 support when needed. This internship will be entirely virtual for the immediate future.

ONE Northside Positions:

Membership and Training Intern

Help build new and strengthen relationships with community partners (schools, churches, service providers, block clubs, tenant organizations, etc.) and grow their individual membership program. Support training programs on political education, organizing skills, and civics. Responsibilities and duties will include supporting logistics - creating Zooms, sending calendar invites, etc., conducting outreach via email, phone, and targeted flyering, preparing pre-meeting/training and post-meeting/training materials, data entry, and social media support. Ideal for someone who wants to understand how social justice organizations operate aside from issue/campaign work, though there will be plenty of opportunities to attend issue team meetings and organizational meetings.

Economic Justice Intern

Join the Economic Justice team and work towards a more progressive and equitable tax and budget system that puts people and the planet first. The intern will support the Economic Justice campaign via community outreach, hosting meetings and presentations, making calls, and supporting data organization.