SPRING Public & Global Affairs Intern

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Niagara Foundation, founded in Chicago in 2004, is a non-profit organization with branches currently in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The foundation is committed to building global bridges locally by convening dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and acceptance. Niagara Foundation envisions a community in which people from all walks of life interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities, thereby strengthening civil society and promoting the development of shared human values.

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Public and Global Affairs offers platforms for distinguished speakers to spotlight trends, analyze important issues, exchange ideas, and participate in productive interactions that promote innovative global and public policy solutions.

Niagara Foundation offers a highly competitive internship program that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to, through professional contributions, foster our organization’s success. Interns are assigned a long-term project that they work on during their 12-week internship in addition to daily responsibilities. Diverse long-term project assignments include working on new program development, creating strategic plans, conducting research and analysis, as well as contributing to the organization of department-specific programs. Because we are a non-profit organization, our internships are unpaid.


Interns in the Center for Public and Global Affairs assist with the Program Director in researching, proposing, evaluating, and planning of upcoming events. Interns assist with the Chicago Family events by proposing potential speakers, conduct full event research and proposals for the Niagara Forums series, and are assets in planning the State Reception in the spring. In addition, interns contribute to the Niagara blog, "The Falls," recapping Niagara events and providing original content and book reviews. The interns will have the opportunity to meet with a number of public figures from the Chicago area, including professors, local, state and international government leaders, and business leaders, among others. Responsibilities include researching speakers and stories related to current events, conducting preliminary interviews, and generating original content that is interesting to our members. Interns will have the opportunity to strengthen their research skills and develop communication skills while learning about program development and evaluation.


Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Ability to process and protect confidential information
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-driven environment
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Other Requirements
Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
Preferred majors in Journalism, Broadcasting, Communications, or International Relations; other majors will still be considered
Proficient computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication abilities, and knowledge of current events are essential
Must be able to commit at least 12 hours a week for 12 weeks in our downtown office
Recommended GPA of 3.2 or above

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