High Jump

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
High Jump


Chicago, Illinois

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Mation Lewis '18

Organization Description
High Jump equalizes access to education for Chicago middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.

We provide 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.

Internship Description
High Jump’s internship opportunity will be customized to the skills of the intern, however the focus will be on assisting the organization in the continued development of our measurement and evaluation tools.  The previous intern assisted in the gathering of data stored off-site in paper files to be transferred electronically and helped to lay the groundwork for ways to analyze the effectiveness of our programs.  The project this summer would be similar with the possible addition of working with partner organizations and institutions who we have interaction with including the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.  

The intern will have the opportunity to learn about this specific program and other programs aimed at improving access to education for low income and minority students.  The environment in Chicago is especially interesting given the wide gaps in educational quality.  

The intern will have the opportunity to work with an Executive Director who has experience in public school administration as well as access to leaders at the partner schools we work with –The Latin School of Chicago, Francis W. Parker School and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Internship Qualifications


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to function as a team member
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Sensitivity to the obstacles faced by first-generation college-bound and/or low-income students and families

Familiarity with SPSS, R statistical suite, or similar statistical software packages

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
High Jump offices are located in a safe, densely populated area with many short term rental opportunities.

The intern will have to undergo a background check and take a TB test before their start date. 

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


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