Umoja Student Development Corporation


PICS Organization Name
Umoja Student Development Corporation

Chicago, Illinois

Organization Description

Umoja builds deep social-emotional learning (SEL) skills in educators to transform the ways young people experience school and the ways schools exist to serve society. By investing in sustainable and wellness-rooted adult learning, practices and mindsets, Umoja equips a community of adults who are prepared to do the ongoing work required to dismantle and rebuild a safe, equitable and just world.

Internship Description

  • Support data migration and analysis of Umoja's donor and funding data
  • Review current donor landscape, conduct research, and create a database of new funding opportunities
  • Attend key External Affairs meetings to learn about partnership development
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500/$450 if remote 10 Flexible between 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications


  • experience working with an online database platform
  • MS Office, Google Apps proficiency
  • research skills
  • attention to detail
  • comfort with regular utilization of technology
  • access to reliable Wifi and laptop


  • connection to Umoja's mission
  • familiarity with social emotional learning skills and restorative justice principles
  • experience using Salesforce

**Writing sample required: Any 1-page academic document

Additional Info
The PICS intern would be required to get a fingerprinting background check done which costs between $30-$50.

Umoja's main office where the PICS intern will report to daily is in Chicago's thriving West Loop one block from the UIC-Halsted Blueline stop and three blocks from a Halsted bus stop. Craigslist or Domu are common website individuals use to find housing.

**Writing sample required: Please provide a high-quality writing sample that is 1-5 pages in length. The sample should be analytical and persuasive in nature (for example, a paper explaining the context of a social issue and/or making a persuasive case for some social change). 

Former Interns
Jane Sul '20, Jasmeene Burton '19, Jeremy Burton '18, Jessica Bailey '19

Evaluation Excerpt

What initially drew me to Umoja was the commitment to investment in students, and simply put, this internship solidified my excitement and passion for working with young people. I am even more committed to pursuing a career in social work or education, and working in a mentoring role with students.
—Jasmeene Burton '19

 I am now an advocate of Restorative Justice practices and will be spreading awareness about them to people I know. As a result of my internship I have learned that there are numerous ways to apply my skills and interests to service. My internship also taught me that there are many areas that I need to grow in and interests that I want to pursue. —Jane Sul '20