Internship and volunteer opportunities are available in our Champaign and Chicago offices. We will do our best to match you with projects that fit your interests and experience. Our internship program allows for hands-on work doing advocacy, outreach, and relevant work skills development. Interns typically commit to at least 10 hours of volunteer time per week. We are happy to work with students who are earning academic credit by interning with us.
Technology & Communications
Technology and Communications Interns are responsible for coordinating and improving CBHC’s E-communications through our website, social media platforms, and various other online outreach methods. Duties include working on the CBHC WordPress-based website; posting on CBHC’s social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter; sending email listservs to our member base; collecting video and other media at CBHC events; and assisting in media outreach for organizing events. Knowledge of basic HTML and CSS coding is helpful, but not necessary. Special interests and/or skills (e.g., video editing, web design, graphic design, database experience) are encouraged and can be worked into the position as they apply.
Small Business & Communications
Small Business and Communications Interns work to educate, rally, and organize small businesses around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Interns will work closely on an ongoing collaborative project with the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Majority, and CBHC. This project includes widening our small business contacts, assisting in organizing small business press conferences, meetings, and workshops, and developing a campaign of outreach to small businesses.
Membership and Development
Membership and Fundraising Interns will help CBHC develop our member base, cultivate new donor relationships, and fundraise. Volunteers will perform a variety of tasks associated with membership, including updating our database, developing creative fundraising ideas, working on bulk mailings, conducting outreach to both current and potential members, and more.
Policy Research & Community Organizing
Policy Research and Community Organizing Interns will keep up with legislative developments on the federal and state level, assist in developing legislative fact sheets, and participate in outreach to state level elected officials. Interns will also be part of the community organizing work of CBHC staff members, helping develop contact lists and providing logistical support.
Faith Constituent Organizing
Faith Constituent Organizing Interns will engage in advocacy efforts with people of faith, congregations, and faith based organizations, especially low-income community members, and communities of color, in coalition with other organizations and groups. Interns will be responsible for drafting op-eds, spiritual and theological reflection, bulletins, letters, Faith Caucus membership packets, press releases and other faith based advocacy materials. Other responsibilities include assisting in creating listservs, database maintenance, outreach to congregations and elected officials, and organizing prayer breakfasts, education forums and public hearings.
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