Collaborative Programs Intern (Unpaid)

Reports to: Collaborative Programs Manager

Time Commitment: 12 hrs./week, some evening or weekend support may be needed for programming and special events. Exact schedule based on intern availability.

About Us: The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. We are an active consortium of 40 Chicago-area cultural heritage museums, centers and historical societies who span 28 neighborhoods and 7 suburbs in the Chicago area and represent over 30 different cultures from around the world.

About the Internship: The Collaborative Programs Intern will gain valuable non-profit management experience through direct involvement in the planning and coordination of the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s programs and events at our various member sites in the neighborhoods of Chicago. The internship will provide the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including will event planning and coordination, member relations and collaborations, program management, and marketing.

What you will learn:


  • Support Collaborative Programs Manager with daily operations including member inquiries, meeting scheduling and preparation as well as clerical duties (filing, copying, mailing).
  • Attend staff and board meetings, and assist in public programs when necessary.

Event Management

  • Assist with and planning all event logistics including Activating Heritage Conference, Inherit Chicago, World Dumpling Festival, and professional development workshops.
  • Coordinate with staff on the development of event invitations, guest lists vendors, ticketing, reservations, and correspondence with event attendees.

Collaborative Membership Management

  • Assist in relationship building with core members, partner members, and local businesses.
  • Acting as an intermediary between member organizations for program implementation and development
  • Researching programming best practices and strategy for professional development workshops


  • Assist in compiling and reviewing copy for member communications including e-blasts, mailings, and monthly newsletter.
  • Ensure website and member lists are updated regularly.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program, with focus in museum studies, sociology, anthropology, human and civil rights, or other social sciences preferred.
  • Highly detail oriented and organized with ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Outgoing personality with a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent communication skills (phone, email, and in person).
  • Strong work ethic with sensitivity to confidential information.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Event planning experience a plus.
  • Experience with database systems such as Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura, or a plus.

The Chicago Cultural Alliance values interns who are self-starters and share our vision of a making a Chicago a city where all communities have a voice, and cross cultural dialogue and collaboration are an integral part of Chicago’s civic fabric.

If interested, please send cover letter, resume and three (3) references to [email protected]with “Collaborative Programs Intern” as the subject. Only complete applications will be reviewed.