Waukegan to College


PICS Organization Name
Waukegan to College

Waukegan, Illinois

Organization Description

Who are we?
We are a college readiness program that starts working to prepare students for college as young as 5th grade. Our mission is to create brighter futures for students, families and communities by preparing students to enroll in and graduate from college.

We serve first generation, low-income students starting in 5th grade attending schools in the Waukegan Public School District (Cristo Rey and other private schools included). We continue working with the student until they graduate from college.

What do we offer?

  • 1:1 Academic Counseling
  • Mentors (High school students)
  • Tutoring (Saturday 9am-Noon)
  • Workshops for students and parents
  • College visits/tours to selective private & public institutions
  • Special programming for 10th-12th - Graders called Envision Corps
  • Khan Academy (Middle School Math Enrichment Program)
  • Cultural Field Trips and workplace visits
  • Summer opportunities to various camps on college campuses

Program Interns help Waukegan to College with their mission by providing support in a variety of ways. Summer interns often help present workshops to students, help us plan workshops, help students apply to summer camps, planning field trips and college visits, assist with research projects, help us with orienting new families to the program, intake, school supply distribution and more. Interns may help seniors with their college applications and review essays.

Interns help Waukegan to College provide important programming and support to students who live in an under resourced school district, and no social network to orient them on a path to college. We are a small but dedicated staff and can offer more support with assistance from a program intern.

Internship Description

This is a typical description of the work that will be needed over the summer. However, projects may be added as opportunities arise.

Event Planning: You will assist staff with all work related to supporting these events.

  • Year End Celebration – assist with event planning for our yearly volunteer and student recognition event that is attended by over 300 people. This will probably be a virtual event.
  • Summer Camps & Workshops – assist with helping students apply to summer camps and/or be a part of any orientation required for the camps. Also, plan and deliver a workshop of choice.
  • Application Boot Camp – assist with planning and staff a 3-day workshop for rising seniors who will begin working on their Common Application.
  • Family Orientation – assist with the preparation of family orientation, which kicks off the beginning of the school year.

Administrative: Help maintain accurate student and family data in CivicCRM. Assist staff with office organizing.

There may also be direct outreach to the community, assist with materials for outreach, and interact with vendors for school supplies.

Some skills or competencies students will gain:

  1. Build confidence in Spanish speaking, reading, and writing abilities if that's something they want to do. We work mostly with Latino immigrant families.
  2. Participate in program development and planning.
  3. Develop communication skills.
  4. Become well versed in nonprofit business function.
  5. Learn how to be adaptable to various workplace situations that arise.
  6. Grow into a self-sufficient problem solver, while learning to ask for help when you need it.
  7. Learn how to connect with people in the community in a meaningful way
  8. Evaluate interest in non-profit work throughout the internship and after.
  9. Explore ways to contribute ideas to team members via weekly team huddles.
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 5/28/21 - 8/28/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Google Suite: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meets
  • Zoom video conferencing
  • Attention to detail
  • Data Entry
  • Research
  • Prior work with students helpful but not required
  • Excellent time management and ability to work independently


  • Spanish speaker is helpful
  • Comfortable with talking with people on the phone. Could be students, parents, vendors.
  • Demonstrated creativity and problem solving skills.
  • Social media skills: knowledge of platforms and how to use them

Former Interns
Corr Cooper '21

Evaluation Excerpt

Everyone in the organization is so dedicated to the students and their families; getting to hear about all the things they'd done at the year end celebration and see in the zoom chat or the program evaluation all the congratulations and the gratitude showed how felt their impact is. -- Corr Cooper '21