High Jump


PICS Organization Name
High Jump

Chicago, Illinois

Organization Description

High Jump’s mission is to equalize access to education for middle-school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means. High Jump provides academic enrichment, counseling, and support to students of diverse backgrounds, with the goals of sending our participants to superior college preparatory schools, ensuring their success while they are there, and enhancing their ability to gain admission to highly regarded four-year colleges and universities.
High Jump was established in 1989 to ensure that access to competitive secondary school was not inhibited by lack of information, limitations of neighborhood schools, or personal financial resources. High Jump has grown from a small pilot program into an educational leader that has helped over 1,400 students build successful pathways to high school and college. Today, High Jump reaches over 900 youth—approximately quadruple the number of students served just five years ago.

This internship provides the opportunity for an intern to participate as part of the team of teachers, fundraisers and administrators who make this mission possible. The internship involves a range of projects that are both in the offices and in front of students, but do not include teaching.

Internship Description

The Advancement Projects Intern will work as part of the Advancement Team on a range of projects that provide a good overview of the organization, access to the program and experience with a government grant, foundation grants, information and data gathering to promote the organization. The intern is treated as a member of the small staff of 12 for the duration of the summer, which provides excellent insight into the workings of a smaller social service agency as well as knowledge of the fields of college access across the country. The specific projects include: serving as an important part of a team of people working to administer a USDA food grant over the summer, attending a two-day summer camp with incoming middle school students, conducting research on similar organizations to identify new sources of foundation revenue and gathering stories and photos from the students over the summer as they attend courses.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 8 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

Previous internship or office experience would be useful, but not required. Must be a self-starter, have good communication skills, feel comfortable asking questions, and be comfortable around children.

This internship would be most interesting to a candidate with an interest in education policy, non-profit administration, fundraising, and/or research

Former Interns
Ana Pranger '22, Emily Lang '21, Mation Lewis '18

Evaluation Excerpt

In my first few weeks of the internship, I observed trends, drew conclusions, and made recommendations about the surveys High Jump sends to its students. Using qualitative data analysis software, I was able to codify the open-ended survey responses in a way that hadn’t been done before.
—Marion Lewis '18

As previously mentioned, High Jump is life-changing to the students they interact with. My projects exposed me to different aspects of running a nonprofit. I also learned a lot about specific educational issues in Chicago and America. This internship exposed me to the field of program theory and evaluation, something I'd never really considered before but is really important to nonprofits. —Emily Lang '21