By The Hand Club For Kids

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
By The Hand Club For Kids


Chicago, Illinois

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Tiffany Chen '20

Organization Description
By The Hand Club is a faith-based, after-school program that emphasizes academics while nurturing the whole child - mind, body and soul. Located in some of Chicago's most under-resourced, high-risk neighborhoods, By The Hand is taking nearly 1,400 children by the hand and helping them have abundant life. Kids are making positive, life-defining choices - making good grades, graduating from high school and going to college - for success in school and life. As a result, By The Hand has received numerous accolades by media, government leaders and universities (see "Chicago Tribune calls By The Hand Club “Exhibit 1” in Chicago Can Do This!"

Internship Description
The actual project will be determined after the student is selected based upon the student's interests and skills, but below are examples of the types of  projects for an intern:

  1. Education/Enrichment Instruction- producing and teaching content for college prep, social, emotional learning (SEL), sports/arts enrichment, etc. For example, our PICS last summer was on the Princeton tennis team so she planned, implemented and created a guide for a tennis enrichment for our kids!
  2. Arts & Culture - Helping plan and implement a summer arts program culminating in an arts showcase or festival.
  3. Business Development - grant writing, social/digital media, volunteer recruitment, etc. Could be best practice research to improve our existing efforts and/or helping to implement business development strategies.
  4. Research - Study to help validate the results and impact of By The Hand Club.

Internship Qualifications


  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Team building

Depending on project:

Arts, social/digital media, research, classroom management

It would be great if the intern was self-starting, someone who takes initiative and is capable of working independently, as well as on a team. Other desired qualifications include passion for children, appreciation of cultural diversity and faith friendly

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
There are short-term hotel and apartment rentals available. 

Since we serve children, a background check and Child Protection Policy training are mandatory, both of which we provide.

Evaluation Excerpt

This organization is not merely an "after-school program" as it advertises, but it is incredibly holistic and nurtures every aspect of a child’s health - mind, body, and spirit. I was able to see firsthand the effects that a lack of a father figure, or low literacy levels, or an unsupportive family have on a child’s well-being. By The Hand incorporates systemic change because it not only supports kids who are searching for a better life, but it takes students who are at highest risk of failing out (and contributing to the cycle of poverty) and gives those students a second chance at having a more abundant life. 
—Tiffany Chen '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