Ada S. McKinley Community Services

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Ada S. McKinley Community Services


Chicago, Illinois

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Jonathon Haynes '20

Organization Description
Ada Sophia McKinley, a Chicago social reformer and settlement leader, established the South Side Settlement House in 1919. Her settlement house and community programs played a vital role in the city’s South Side communities during the post-war period and era of heavy African American migration from the South to Chicago. Together with sister Chicago community activists Jane Addams, Mary McDowell, and Harriet Vittum, Ada S. McKinley helped soothe the tensions of the racial turmoil of her age and addressed community needs with programs and services in areas of shelter, jobs, and food for displaced families from the South, recreational programs for returning soldiers, infant welfare, clubs and activities for boys and girls, and literacy, crafts and trades training for adults. Today, her extraordinary South Side Settlement House has become Ada S. McKinley Community Services—a comprehensive social services organization that serves more than 10,000 people each year at 38 program sites throughout the Chicago area. One of the most trusted human services organizations in Chicago, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is comprehensive, responsive, and community-based, working to enable positive change in the lives of individuals and families, thereby strengthening the communities in which they live and work. Guided by our founder’s legacy, Ada S. McKinley is driven by our mission to serve the most vulnerable individuals and communities in the Chicago area. Since our founding in 1919, we have worked to bring real, lasting, and positive change to the lives thousands of individuals through vital social services. We have provided a broad range of services to underserved clients and communities, including persons with disabilities and other limiting conditions. Today, Ada S. McKinley is a comprehensive, fully accredited community-based human services agency that provides a broad range of services to children and families in some of Chicago’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. The majority of our clients reside in low-income communities on the city’s South and West sides and nearly all of our clients live at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Twenty percent are developmentally disabled. We believe that all individuals, regardless of disabilities or other limiting conditions, deserve the opportunity to live healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. Through three divisions, Behavioral Health and Clinical Services, Child Development and Youth Services, and Employment and Community Support Services, we provide tutoring, mentoring and college placement services for disadvantaged youth, foster care, residential, counseling, employment, special and alternative schools, day care, after school, and senior care services. This internship will provide valuable support to our efforts to increase our visibility using social media and increase of amount of discretionary funding available to the organization. 

Internship Description

  • Develop, review and/or edit grant and foundation proposals.
  • Conduct research on potential discretionary funding sources. 
  • Write stories and features for annual report, newsletters and website. 
  • Prepare reports for internal and external use. 
  • Attend staff committee and community meetings as directed. 
  • Communicate with staff and community stakeholders as necessary. 
  • Distribute the annual client surveys to programs.
  • Research and develop quality assurance procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation of the 100 yr celebration.
  • Assist in a variety of other duties as the need arises.

Internship Qualifications
Required Skills:

  • Be self starter, flexible, hardworking, responsible and ethical.
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Have knowledge and proficiency with office databases office software programs and social media.
  • Possess excellent oral and written commutation skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to multitask.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with culturally diverse groups and individuals.
  • Be a Team Player

Expected Start Time
8:30 am

Expected End Time
4:30 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Our facility is located in the west loop. We are easily accessible by public transportation for someone staying in the loop, near north or near west side of Chicago.

A background check is required. (Background check-can be completed by email)  

**Writing sample required: submit a sample that displays your voice and style**

Evaluation Excerpt

I am working on their upcoming golf outing fundraiser, researching grants and helping to write the annual report so plenty to keep me busy! The past few weeks have been filled with opportunities to learn more about what ASM does and also to see how a large nonprofit that offers a range of services operates day to day. Mr. Loveman, my alumni partner, has been incredibly kind. I have really valued the opportunity to talk with him and learn more from his extensive experience in the nonprofit world and learn more about Chicago!
—Katie Bauman '15

One of my fonder moments was communicating with vendors as I was placing orders and developing my project. I liked the independence to choose the companies I worked with and develop my own relationships with them. This is something I want the room to do (on a larger scale) as I consider my careers. Being able to develop my own professional relationships as an extension of the agency really helped as I went forward.
—Jonathon Haynes '20


To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program