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Spring, Summer and Fall Internships at ICPR

ICPR is seeking motivated interns who are interested in gaining experience in policy crafting, nonprofit management, and data analysis. Interns play an integral role at ICPR. Our small staff size offers interns the opportunity to make meaningful contributions and gain experiences in a variety of areas.

ICPR offers flexible hours and is willing to work around obligations that our interns may have. We accept applications from both undergraduate and graduate students, and are willing to work with the student’s institution to offer course credit (if needed), upon approval of instructor. Spring internships will last from January to May, Summer internships will last from May to September, and Fall internships will last from September to December.


This position focuses on event coordination, marketing and communication, and responsibilities in nonprofit management. The Events & Marketing Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to provide free educational events to the public on issues like campaign finance, redistricting, voter engagement, and open government data.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and contacting expert panelists for events
  • Researching and managing event venues
  • Managing blog and website postings
  • Creating weekly reports studying analytics of website and email communications
  • Posting on ICPR social media outlets

The ideal candidate will have an interest and some experience in planning events, and an interest in local government and politics.  Candidates should possess strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills.


This position focuses on legislative research, policy analysis, and writing on government affairs. The Policy Research Analyst will work closely with the Political Data Director to research and publish news updates on political data trends, which are released to our media list and regularly covered by outlets like the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and POLITICO.

Responsibilities include:

  • Weekly written analysis for use by local journalists
  • In-depth research on top political trends in Illinois
  • Analysis of state data in Illinois and other large U.S. states
  • Formation of data visualization charts in Microsoft Excel or other programs

The ideal candidate will have an interest in government issues, and a desire to gain experience in legislative research. Candidates should possess strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills.


ICPR is seeking a motivated intern who is interested in gaining experience in press relations, media strategy, and management of organizational messaging. This position focuses on external communications with media outlets across Illinois. The Media and Communications Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director to cultivate a positive media presence for the organization through audio, visual, and print communication.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing press releases for mass distribution
  • Surveying news sources for relevant topics and trends pertaining to government reform
  • Briefing ICPR staff on current events in the news
  • Crafting organizational responses to current political news topics
  • Producing infographics and charts for publication with research reports

An ideal candidate will have significant interest in journalism and/or media relations, as well as basic graphic design skills. Candidates should possess strong speaking and writing abilities.

You must submit both resumé and cover letter to be considered for these positions.

Those interested in this internship may apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to specifying their position of interest and availability.


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