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.)
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.
The Development intern will assist the Development Team with administrative and database tasks.
Responsibilities will include:
Time Commitment: 10-20 hours a week.
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.
The Copywriting intern will assist the Communications Team with the creation of animal stories from intake through adoption.
Responsibilities will include:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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