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2020 Chicago Placements

Chicago Beyond - Summer Strategy Associate

Chicago Beyond backs the fight for a safer, more just, and equitable city for the youth of Chicago. We fuel ideas, organizations, people, and ventures fighting for all young people to achieve their fullest human potential. Since its inception in April 2016, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30M in nonprofit organizations that work to create equitable access and opportunity for young Chicagoans.

Chicago Beyond is a fast-moving start-up organization made up of a small but ambitious team looking to make a difference for those youth most left behind living in Chicago’s most economically fragile communities and beyond. If you are an entrepreneurial individual looking to a join a dynamic team with significant opportunity to grow and shape what you do while making a meaningful impact, then this will be a perfect role for you!

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Chicago Legal Clinic - Summer Fellow

The mission of the Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. is to identify legal needs and provide community based quality legal services and education to the underserved and disadvantaged in the Chicago area, thereby promoting justice through greater access to the legal system.  The Clinic provides low-cost and free legal services to Chicago area residents from its four offices and several programs, including advice desks located in three Cook County courthouses. Areas of law include: family law, environmental law, housing/foreclosure law, guardianships of disabled adults, social security disability hearings, wills and powers of attorney, criminal records representation, debt counseling, collection defense, and immigration.

The Summer Fellow will work with the Clinic's Housing Assistance Program that consists of the Foreclosure Substantive Representation Program (FSR) and Foreclosure Advice Desk (FAD). The FSR Program counsels and represents homeowners on all aspects of the foreclosure and modification process. The FAD offers advice and prepares documents on foreclosure issues for pro se litigants.

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Heartland Alliance - Communications Associate

Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity (NI) is dedicated to ending chronic unemployment and poverty. We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to succeed in work and support themselves and their families. Employment fulfills individuals, strengthens families, builds communities, and is fundamental to a prosperous America. Through our field building, we provide support and guidance that fosters more effective and sustainable employment efforts. Our policy and advocacy work advances solutions to the systemic issues that drive chronic unemployment. Working at the intersection of practice, policy and research, we catalyze change that is practical, informed by evidence and grounded in experience. Our national initiatives include the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN), Black Men and Youth Overcoming Barriers and Realizing Employment (B.MORE), and the National Center for Employment and Homelessness (NCEH).

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Institute for Community Empowerment - Summer Fellow

The Institute for Community Empowerment has worked for thirty years to empower residents in Chicago communities to take action on key issues in their lives, including affordable homeownership, expanded mental health services, crime prevention, and youth citizenship. We are an issues-based organizing project working in multiple south, northwest, and west side communities.

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University of Chicago Urban Labs

The University of Chicago Health Lab, one of five labs that comprise the University of Chicago Urban Labs, was launched in 2015 to advance our understanding of how to improve public health outcomes and health systems, particularly for vulnerable populations. We partner with communities, nonprofits, and government agencies to identify, rigorously evaluate, and scale up the most promising policies and programs to improve access to effective, affordable care. This strategy helps ensure that tight city budgets are focused on efficiently and cost-effectively improving the health of not just the fortunate few, but of as many people as possible. Health Lab projects to date include interventions looking at how to improve health care outcomes among the highest utilizers of health care, and interventions that address criminal justice involvement among individuals with mental or behavioral disorders.


Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). The primary affiliation is with HGHI, so HGHI will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process. The intern selected for this internship will have the obligations and benefits of an intern in both programs. For more information, please visit, and questions can be directed to