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.
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.
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Our program is located on the North Side of Chicago and is accessible by public transportation from the Loop. It is also in close proximity to DePaul University, Columbia College and the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Interest in data and evaluation and skills in Google office suite, any data management system, Excel.
- Social Media and other online marketing tools.
- Attention to detail and excellent follow through of assigned tasks.
- Desire to participate with a team in accomplishing a mission.
Writing Sample Required?
- Background Check