National Expansion Internship

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Skills for Chicagoland's Future
191 N Upper Wacker Dr, Suite 1150
Chicago, IL
Posted: June 03 2016
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. Launched in 2012, Skills has placed more than 2,200 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into employment through strong partnerships with nearly 50 local employers. Skills is chaired by Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola Solutions, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations.

Skills is currently executing a three-year strategic growth plan to put 5,000 under and unemployed back to work by focusing on four main strategy areas including:

Scale – Grow Skills’ placement model in Chicagoland and drive client value

Innovate – Provide new, demand-driven placement offerings for employers

Sustain – Monetize services and diversity funding

Lead – Serve as a national labor market thought leader on demand-driven solutions and expand the model to new locations

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The National Expansion intern is responsible for supporting the Manager of National Expansion and the Vice President of National Expansion with successfully expanding the Skills for Chicagoland’s Future model into new markets and regions. The first location outside of Chicagoland has been identified as Rhode Island, with a scheduled launch of spring 2016. Other locations for expansion will be identified and launched over the next one to three years. In order to successfully launch Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future has been retained to provide consulting services and guide the implementation of the model in RI. The intern will be primarily responsible with supporting consulting efforts with Rhode Island, as well as helping to prospect and vet additional locations.


SCF is looking for an intern to start in a part-time capacity in May 2016 and transition to full-time during the summer (June through August, exact timeframe to be determined). The work schedule from May through mid-June will be approximately 16 hours per week, and can be flexible dependent on class schedule.



The internship will include, but may not be limited to, the following responsibilities:
◾Support development of a business plan for Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, including research, policy analysis, and creation of materials (MS PowerPoint and other formats)
◾Conduct research on key economic indicators and workforce statistics for new location sites
◾Analyze and summarize policies governing workforce development, nonprofit organizations, and other areas in Rhode Island and other locations
◾Develop content for presentation to clients, including PowerPoint decks, written reports, and other visuals
◾Project coordination of consulting engagement, including assistance with scheduling, managing a project plan, recapping and client meetings
◾Support the Vice President of National Expansion with selected research, reports, presentations and/or additional special projects as requested



The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following experience, skills, and personal attributes:
1.Bachelor’s Degree required, pursuing a Master’s degree in public policy or related field
2.Experience in management or strategy consulting preferred
3.High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint
4.Strong communication and presentation skills across a broad range of constituent groups
5.Experience in the government or nonprofit industry preferred
6.Experience conducting policy research or evaluating programs a plus

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