826CHI Education Internships  // Summer 2019


826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. More information can be found at www.826chi.org.


826CHI is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated Education Summer Interns who will collaborate with our staff, volunteers, and fellow interns. Interns are supervised by an 826CHI staff member, participate in all aspects of 826CHI and have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on personal skills and interests. 826CHI interns commit to 15-25 hours per week in goal-based work and departmental projects. They will also assist in other areas which include the storefront (The Secret Agent Supply), our front desk, and at 826CHI events. All internships are unpaid or for education credit only. Benefits include a transportation stipend via Ventra Card (upon request), a twenty percent discount at the store, and experience working with our students and our staff of non-profit professionals.

Summer Education Interns will work closely with our program staff to provide administrative and curriculum support for our summer programming. They will assist in all programs, which include, Word Lab! a creative writing and visual-arts themed summer camp designed specifically for English Language Learners (ELL's), the middle school writers camp and occasional Fields Trips. The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in education and in working with youth of all ages as well as comfortable with learning classroom leadership. This internship will provide extensive experience working with students grades 1-8 and coordinating and supporting adult volunteers. Arts-based skills and Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus. Must be available two to four days a week , Monday -Thursday between 9am-4pm. (Actual summer programming schedule TBD).

Ideal qualities of an 826CHI Education intern:

This internship can serve as a foundation and stepping stone for a career in nonprofits & education. 826CHI staff will support you in meeting your learning goals. All interns must be willing to learn & practice:

How to Apply

Applicants must send the following materials in one email to david@826chi.org:

  1. A Cover letter briefly (250-500 word count) stating your interest in this internship and your philosophy on education and/or creative writing and the arts.
  1. Alternate option: Submit a 2-4 minute video answering the questions above.
  1. Resume.

All attachments must be submitted with the applicant’s last name included in the title (example: “Diaz_CoverLetter”).

Commitment to Inclusion

As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826CHI recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: we will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, language, parental status, military service, or (dis)ability.

We strive to put our values into action through planning, decision making, and community building.  826CHI is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented communities to apply.

Do you love our mission but have questions about how your experience aligns with these positions? Please email your questions to David Pintor, Volunteer Manager at david@826chi.org