Civic Consulting Alliance

Civic Consulting Alliance is a social impact consulting organization based in Chicago, and our mission is to make the Chicago region a great place for everyone to live in and work. We work with government agencies, non-profits, foundations, community organizations, and leaders like the Cook County Board President, Chicago Mayor, and Chicago Public Schools CEO to help solve the region's most pressing problems. Specifically, our work aims to support better educational opportunities, thriving communities, and justice for all. Our diverse and committed team of 30 employees work side-by-side with our clients and our partners to achieve our ambitious goals. 

  • We are looking for interns who are passionate about making Chicago a better place, and have the problem-solving, analytical, research and communications skills to put that passion into action. Civic Consulting Alliance provides unique opportunities to: Impact the lives of millions of residents in our region
  • Develop your understanding of the public sector, current civic challenges in Chicago, and making large-scale, cross-sectoral change
  • Build connections across a broad network of civic leaders
  • Be a part of a dynamic, supportive, and tight-knit team

If you want a unique opportunity to make a big impact on the things that matter most in the Chicago region, Civic Consulting Alliance may be the place for you!


Chicago, IL

Internship Description

We are a fast-paced organization committed to our clients’ successes, and we are looking for curious and passionate leaders who take initiative. Though this internship is only 10 weeks, this role carries significant responsibility – your project team and client will rely on your hard work and creative thinking. As a Civic Consulting Alliance intern, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of key management consulting skills as well as public sector policies, operations, and challenges
  • Participate in a structured training program to build a foundational skillset including managing client interactions, presenting concise and clear materials, and analyzing data sets

Gain exposure to senior executives who are active in the civic, public and private sectors on a day-to-day basis, typical consulting projects will provide the opportunity to:

  • Interview subject matter experts and research best practices to identify innovative solutions to local challenges
  • Analyze community metrics, or crime, health, and economic data
  • Prepare and deliver recommendations to clients with written and visual aids
  • Interact directly with day-to-day clients

Provide project management support Summer 2022 projects cannot be projected at this time, but previous PICS interns have worked on the following projects: 

2020 – 1) Supported the Deputy Mayor of Human Services and the Chief Equity Officer of the City of Chicago in leading their COVID-19 Racial Equity Response team, developing evidence-based strategies to reduce racial disparities in COVID-19 mortality. 2) Supported workforce funders in identifying emerging employment opportunities during COVID-19, recommending 3 workforce opportunities ripe for direct investment, which employed ~5k workers in a near-term timeframe from historically underemployed populations. 

2021 - Supported the Lt. Governor and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice on implementation of their Transformation Model, which calls for a more restorative juvenile justice model through the transition from large secure custody facilities for youth to small regional residential centers, coupled with investments in support and intervention services. Helped staff a committee of experts, advocates, system stakeholders, and impacted youth and family that developed recommendations for more positive outcomes for youth, families, staff, and communities.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible  9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

Short-term summer housing is generally available for rent in the city of Chicago.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate have:

  1. A deep desire to address critical community issues and help Chicagoland thrive
  2. Critical thinking, analytical/logical reasoning, and problem-solving skills
  3. Strong presentation and communication skills
  4. Familiarity with Word/PowerPoint/Excel, exposure to quantitative data analysis, and ability to learn and apply new technical skills
  5. Self-motivating nature, with ability to comfortably multitask, handle ambiguity, and integrate feedback
  6. Commitment to Civic Consulting Alliance’s core values: Collaboration, Impact, Leadership, Sound Judgment, Excellence

Additional or preferred qualifications:

  1. Ties and/or commitment to the Chicago region
  2. Experience working with/or on behalf of low-income and/or underrepresented communities

Writing Sample Required

Draft a one page memo to the Mayor of Chicago about a critical issue in the city. Provide an overview of the issue, challenges associated with the issue, and your proposed solutions and recommendations.

Special Requirements