CHF Internship Program

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience in a nonprofit cultural institution.  CHF believes in challenging interns with relevant, interesting projects and making them full members of the Festival team.  Interns leave CHF with a practical appreciation for the demands and rewards of nonprofit work.   

CHF offers three intern sessions per year.  Internships require a commitment of 14 – 21 hours a week; 6 - 9 month internship is preferred, but a minimum commitment of 3 months is required. These are unpaid internship with a small stipend to cover conveyance cost for interns.

Download the Internship Application Form

All application materials must be postmarked by the dates below.


Internship Term

         Application Deadline


(Sept – late Nov 2018)

                    Aug 30, 2018

Fall & Spring          

(Sept 2018 – May 2019)

                     Aug 30, 2018


(Jan – May 2019)

                    Jan 31, 2019

Spring & Summer  

(Jan – Sept 2019)

                    Jan 31, 2019


(Jun – Sept 2019)

                    Apr 30, 2019

Summer  & Fall      

(Jun  – late Nov 2018)

                    Apr 30, 2018

The internship director will send a confirmation email upon receipt of application materials.

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email two to three weeks after the application deadline.  No phone calls please

Those interested in applying after the deadline should email the internship director at internship_AT_chicagohumanities_DOT_org. 

Internship Projects

CHF internships are project-based and vary based on the program cycle and needs of the organization.  While all intern projects involve inter-departmental collaboration. Currently we are recruiting  interns for 2018 Fall Term in the Marketing, Web Content/Multimedia, Development, Production and Program departments, details are as outlined below.

Marketing/PR interns assist with promoting and publicizing fall and spring Festival, as well as year-round events.  Responsibilities may include coordinating press release dissemination of information by identifying key media contacts, managing media contact information, and distributing press releases; assisting in the design, execution, and distribution of marketing materials; recording and archiving event materials; assisting with web management and updates; and providing administrative support to the market department. 

Skills Level: Excellent communication, writing, and computer skills are essential.  Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and especially Photoshop), are optional but preferred.

For more information: Download Marketing/PR Internship Posting

Web Content/Multimedia interns work on the Festival’s multichannel web strategy. Tasks will include designing images and building web pages to promote Festival events and writing for the CHF blog. Projects include creating multimedia content from video and/or audio captured from past Festival programs; entering and maintaining current web content.

Skills Level: Excellent organizational and time management, strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience creating of web content and video/audio/multimedia a plus

For more information: Download Web Content/Multimedia Internship Posting

Development interns support the extensive fundraising efforts of a nonprofit cultural institution.  Responsibilities may include donor research and stewardship, cultivating new funding sources, participating in the preparation of grant proposals and reports, researching and developing newsletter articles, assisting staff with special events, and providing administrative support to the Development department.

Skills Level: Excellent research and computer skills are essential.  Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. 

For more information: Download Development Internship Posting

Program interns support the creation and realization of public programs within a nonprofit cultural institution, specifically supporting the CHFNow, Springfest and Fallfest.  Projects may include editing biographical information for presenters; creating appropriate web links for fall Festival programs; maintaining detailed records of presenter contact and  communication; tracking program logistics; providing logistical support at programs, administrative tasks including database maintenance, filing, and mailings; and participating in weekly Program meetings.

Skills Level:  Excellent research and computer skills are essential, along with ability to work in a team environment.

For more information: Download Program Internship Posting

Production interns assist with backstage logistics and front-of-house operations for CHFNow, Springfest and Fallfest.  Responsibilities may include assessing technical needs for Festival and year-round programs; drafting, editing and circulating rental venue and partner venue contracts; communicating with vendors for Festival and year-round events including caterers, audio-visual equipment suppliers, and technical consultants; and providing administrative support to the Production department.   

Skills Level: Excellent writing, organizational, and computer skills are essential.  Database experience is a plus. 

For more information: Download Production Internship Posting

For questions regarding CHF’s Internship Program, please contact the internship director at 312-661-1019 or email internship_AT_chicagohumanities_DOT_org.    

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