Development Intern

Special Children’s Charities/Special Olympics Chicago’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

SCC/SOC is looking for a Development Intern to work on a variety of event and donor-related communications tasks. The intern will work with the fundraising team to help sustain and expand revenue. The intern will assist in planning and implement effective fundraising initiatives and meeting preparation related to corporations and foundations. These activities are to be conducted in coordination with the Fundraising team. This position provides a student with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of fundraising, as well as nonprofit operations, through hands-on experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Attending community events to promote organizational goals and solicit donations.
  • Writing and sending invitations to donors.
  • Providing support to program staff for special projects and initiatives.
  • Entering and editing data in SCC/SOC database.
  • Attending the athletic competitions of our athletes with intellectual disabilities.
  • Assisting with general office tasks as necessary.
  • Conduct prospect research and complete donor profiles.
  • Assist with annual appeals including drafting letters, compiling prospect lists, and mailings – primarily will work on new grass roots campaign.
  • Assisting in setting up for and staffing special events.

    Requirements:
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Available at least 2 days a week, 14 hours from hours of 9am-4pm (South Loop Chicago)
  • Microsoft Office Skills (especially Excel)
  • Social Media Experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with internal/external stakeholders by phone, email and in person.
  • A positive attitude with good organizational and people skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Reliable and detail-oriented.
  • Access to vehicle or public transportation to get to office and required competitions 

This is an unpaid internship that is located at the SCC/SOC office in the South Loop Chicago. This internship offers a $10 per day travel stipend. Your own transportation to the office is required. There are occasional opportunities to attend Special Olympics Chicago events around Chicago transportation is required. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Chicago will work with you to provide support for that credit. 

Event Planning Intern

Special Children’s Charities/Special Olympics Chicago’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

SCC/SOC is looking for an Event Planning Intern to work in all aspects of event management and the event planning process. Throughout the duration of your internship you will get to work directly with the Director of Special Events which will help you obtain skills that are essential in the event industry. Work will consist of social media, logistics management, execution, and close-out. This position provides a student with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the events field, as well as nonprofit operations, through hands-on experience. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assists with administrative duties including but not limited to printing, photocopying, sorting, mailings and other administrative functions as assigned.
  • Assists with updating media lists and other corresponding databases and provide data output.
  • Assists with the distribution of client information or marketing materials. Also, ensure completeness and accuracy of information and assist with the management of destination lists. In addition, conducts appropriate follow up when instructed
  • Assists with logistics pertaining to upcoming events including but not limited to, ordering tents, following up with day-of execution, outreach, and assisting with vendor processing.
  • Attends and participates in client meetings, presentations, and brainstorming sessions as directed

Requirements:

  • Ability to work independently 
  • Available at least 2 days a week, 14 hours from hours of 9am-4pm (South Loop Chicago)
  • Microsoft Office Skills (especially Excel)
  • Social Media Experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with internal/external donors by phone, email and in person.
  • A positive attitude with good organizational and people skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Reliable and detail-oriented.
  • Access to vehicle or public transportation to get to office and required competitions 

This is an unpaid internship that is located at the SCC/SOC office in the South Loop Chicago. This internship offers a $10 per day travel stipend. Your own transportation to the office is required. There are occasional opportunities to attend Special Olympics Chicago events around Chicago transportation is required. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Chicago will work with you to provide support for that credit.

Marketing and Communications Intern

Special Children’s Charities/Special Olympics Chicago’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Marketing/Communications Intern to work 10-20 hours per week to help SCC/SOC marketing and communications team in its efforts to increase the public’s awareness of Special Olympics Chicago athletes’ capabilities and needs, and market its many large-scale sporting events and fundraisers. By joining this small team, you’d have the rare opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience learning many facets of marketing and communications that are relevant to today’s sports environment, non-profit environment, and much more. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • This position is responsible for assisting with marketing and communications to staff
  • Content development: various e-newsletters, targeted e-marketing, video development, help to maintain editorial calendar 
  • Event marketing: planning, logistics, information sheets, event banners, day-of support  
  • Assist in creating content for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) 
  • Assists with updating media lists and other corresponding databases and provide data output.
  • Perform administrative duties as needed 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Ability to work independently 
  • Available at least 2 days a week, 14 hours from hours of 9am-4pm (South Loop Chicago)
  • Microsoft Office Skills (especially Excel)
  • Social Media Experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Ability to communicate at all levels with internal/external donors by phone, email and in person.
  • A positive attitude with good organizational and people skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Reliable and detail-oriented.
  • Access to vehicle or public transportation to get to office and required competitions

This is an unpaid internship that is located at SCC/SOC office in the South Loop Chicago. This internship offers a $10 a day travel stipend. Your own transportation to the office is required. There are occasional opportunities to attend Special Olympics Chicago events around Chicago transportation is required. If your school allows for an internship credit, Special Olympics Chicago will work with you to provide support for that credit.