Internship Opportunities - Events, Communications, Marketing, Development

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Hospitality - Lodging/Resort/Travel



The term for PAWS Chicago’s spring internship is January through April/May.
The application window for PAWS Chicago’s spring internship is October 1st through December 30th.

The term for PAWS Chicago’s summer internship is May through September.
The application window for PAWS Chicago’s summer internship is February 1st through March
15th.

The term for PAWS Chicago’s winter internship is August through December.
The application window for PAWS Chicago’s winter internship is April 1st through August 3rd.

Any application submitted outside of the application window will not be considered.
On your application, please specify the internship term for which you are applying.

PAWS Chicago offers internships for students currently enrolled in a two- or four-year program and individuals who have recently graduated with an assoicates or bachelors degree. These positions are unpaid.  Interns will experience the wide diversity of the operations of an animal rescue organization, what goes into making it work and succeed each day.  Duties can be tailored to fit into different educational majors and professional interests as much as is practically possible.

PAWS Chicago staff can provide mentorship to interns in their professional capacities and give interns hands-on exposure to this highly-rated and well-respected not-for-profit organization.
Interns should share our passion for animals, believe in our mission to create a No Kill Chicago, and be willing to take the extra step.
Interns will be asked to commit to a regular, mutually agreed upon schedule, for a minimum of 10 hours per week, and a four-to six-month term of service.
All applicants must attend a New Volunteer Orientation and hands-on training for their specific area of interest.
Interns must also comply with dress code, other center requirements and conduct themselves in a professional manner consistent with the company handbook.
We strive to create an environment for our interns which fosters ethics, learning and development while developing a deeper understanding and practice of community service.

***Please make sure to state, in your application, which internship(s) you are interested in.*** 

The following internships are available at our Blazer Building, located at 1933 N.
Marcey St, Chicago, IL 60614:

Special Events Internship

PAWS Chicago is looking for an energetic, organized, detail-oriented team-player who has a passion for animals and promoting the No Kill movement.  The Special Events Intern will be pivotal in ensuring the success of these events that are so critical for raising the funds needed to continue saving homeless animals.  The ideal candidate will be able to take direction from multiple team members, but also be proactive and work independently; all while being able to prioritize, stay organized, and keep a strong attention to detail.  Qualified candidates will also have excellent people, phone and creative thinking skills, and will be proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel.
A weekly commitment between 15-20 hours, two to three times a week, for three months is preferred.
Special Events internships are available three times a year to correlate with our three signature events:  Animal Magnetism (March), Beach Party (July), and Fur Ball (November.)

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with event logistics and inventory management
  • Responding to incoming inquiries about signature events
  • Researching and prospecting for event sponsors, auction donors, vendors, etc.
  • Assisting with soliciting and organizing auction items
  • Writing and proofreading auction descriptions, etc.
  • Mail merging and sending of various mailings
  • Flyer and poster distribution around Chicago for events
  • Returning of phone calls/emails for third-party event requests
  • Filing, answering phones and other administrative tasks as needed
  • Assisting at events and meetings as needed


Development Internship

PAWS Chicago is looking for interns who are hard-working, detail-oriented, have a passion for animals and want to learn more about the development side of Non-Profits.
Development interns will learn practical skills for working in development and databases.
 Ideal candidates will be able to work well in a team, as well as independently.
Qualified candidates will also have excellent people skills, phone skills, and have proficiency in Microsoft Excel.

Responsibilities:

The Development intern will assist the Development Team with administrative and database tasks.
Responsibilities will include:

  • Assist employee giving/ matching program 
  • Assist merchandise processes 
  • Assist with credit card reconciliations and entering gift batches
  • Processes additions, removals and edits to constituent profiles in Raiser’s Edge
  • Serves as back-up for clean-up queries as needed
  • Serves as the initial point of contact for PAWS Chicago visitors to the Blazer Building by greeting, welcoming, directing and announcing them appropriately, including coordinating deliveries made to the office

Requirements:

  • Passion for animals and animal welfare
  • Outstanding written and personal communication skills, with great attention to detail
  • Energetic team player who encompasses a friendly, helpful demeanor
  • Must be organized and an excellent multi-tasker
  • Must be able to quickly learn the organization departments and programs
  • Interest in providing administrative support to help strengthen efficiency, productivity, and workflow
  • Experience with Microsoft Office; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • A genuine interest in, and desire to learn more about animal welfare and the No Kill movement

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours a week.


Copywriting Internship

Ideal candidates will be able to work well in a team, as well as independently, and have a positive, go-getter attitude. Qualified candidates will also have excellent people skills, phone skills, have proficiency in Microsoft Office and be Internet savvy and familiar with social media networks.

Responsibilities:

The Copywriting intern will assist the Communications Team with the creation of animal stories from intake through adoption.
Responsibilities will include:

  • Information gathering
  • Interviewing of multiple internal team members, fosters and adoptive families
  • Writing creative and descriptive stories that details each animal’s story from intake through adoption
  • Proactively managing each animal’s progress through PAWS Chicago’s multiple facilities and programs
  • Photographing and capturing video of animals during different stages of their time at PAWS Chicago
  • Working with the Communications Project Manager regarding specific animal story needs
  • Package stories for use on social media, as well in the PAWS magazine, email appeals and other outlets

Requirements:

  • Excellent reporting, writing and editing skills required.
    Ability to write accurate and compelling stories about individual animals.
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel between PAWS Chicago facilities in Lincoln Park, Highland Park and Little Village.
  • Excellent photography and video capture skills to capture beautiful images of cats and dogs as they move from intake to adoption.
  • Ability to work independently and project manage and multi-task
  • Available at least 10 hours per week for three month period; hours are flexible

Graphic Design Internship


Graphic design intern will assist the Design and Creative Services team at PAW Chicago in a variety of graphic design and production functions. 

This is a great opportunity to work on a variety of creative initiatives: event graphics, web graphics, magazine, annual report, photoshoots (puppies and kittens!), collateral materials (flyers, signs, exhibits, etc...). 


Requirements, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Currently enrolled in a college level Graphic Design program.
  • Experience producing thumbnail sketches and working with sophisticated design concepts.
  • Able to take on a variety of tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Organized with ability to handle multiple projects within tight time constraints.
  • Knowledge of graphic design software including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Publisher a must.
    Must be able to work on a Mac.
  • Creative, pro-active individual who can work well with others.
  • Ability and willingness to follow established policies and procedures.
  • Have either an online or physical portfolio with some design samples.
  • Previous experience with large format printing, laminating, and mount room skills a plus!

Time Commitment: 
15-20 hours Monday-Friday 


Athletic Fundraising Events Internship

PAWS Chicago is looking for an energetic, organized, detail-oriented team-player who has a passion for animals and promoting the No Kill movement.  The Athletic Fundraising Events Intern will be pivotal in ensuring the success of two critical PAWS Chicago fundraising programs, TEAM PAWS Chicago and the PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run. The ideal candidate will be able to take direction from multiple team members, but also be proactive and work independently; all while being able to prioritize, stay organized, and keep a strong attention to detail.  Qualified candidates will also have excellent communication, research and creating thinking skills, and will be proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel.
Additionally, must have the ability to learn specific, web based, e-marketing and fundraising web sites.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting with event logistics and inventory management
  • Responding to incoming inquiries (email, phone, social media) about events
  • Researching and prospecting for event needs, including but not limited to, in-kind donations, vendors, etc.
  • Preparing event supplies for event operations
  • Managing social media pages and responding to general inquiries
  • Mail merging and sending out fundraising materials and prizes
  • Assist with phone calls/emails to current and prior PAWS Chicago 5K and TEAM PAWS Chicago participants
  • Filing, data entry, answering phones, responding to general emails and other administrative tasks as needed
  • Assisting at events and meetings as needed
  • Must be able to stand/walk for extended periods of time and can lift up to 30lbs

The Athletic Fundraising Events interships are available three times a year, Spring, Summer and Fall, to correlate with our events.  TEAM PAWS Chicago is ongoing throughout the year and the PAWS Chicago 5K is in June.

  • Spring internship runs January - June (only the first week of June)
  • Summer internship runs May - August
  • Fall internship runs August - December

Time Commitment: A weekly commitment between 15-20 hours, two to three times a week, for four months is preferred.  Applicants unable to make the following events will not be considered:

  • For the spring internship, it is required to work at the PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run (Sunday, June 2, 2019 pending city approval)
  • For the fall internship, it is required to work the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Sunday, October 11) and the PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run For Their Lives (Saturday, October 31.)

PAWS Chicago Values-in-Action

  • Respect:  for each and every life.
  • Community:  of people and organizations committed to helping homeless pets
  • Innovation:  to constantly improve best practices and seek out new ideas and strategies to save more lives.  To be a Learning Center that evolves and grows
  • Pro-activity:  to solve difficult problems and to be prepared to offer emergency and crisis support
  • Transparency:  that informs the public about the fate of homeless animals
  • Education:  that raises awareness about the realities that homeless animals face in the community and across the nations, providing a forum for people to get involved in effecting change.  Promotes and support reasonable pet ownership
  • Sustainability:  through financial management practices that maximize the impact and reach of our resources and endure that PAWS Chicago will always be a resource for homeless animals
  • Compassion:  towards all people and animals
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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