“Being an intern in the Healthy Food Program has allowed me to experience many facets of the working world. I’ve learned how to adapt in a professional environment which will be useful after I’ve graduated from my university and continue on in my career. Working with the Healthy Food Program has also given me a greater respect for those who devote their time to ensuring that children have nutritious meals. I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to work with such encouraging and kind people.”
– Karissa Jackson, Illinois Action for Children Healthy Food Program Intern
Experience. Innovation. Impact.
As a state and national leader in the early care and education community, Illinois Action for Children proudly works to create systems that help strengthen families and communities. An internship at Illinois Action for Children means an opportunity to help improve the quality of life for the thousands of children and families we serve.
Our outreach and work with low-income, hard-to-reach families has lead us to research and implement innovative and highly-effective programs and advocacy to ensure that all children in Illinois have access to high-quality early education opportunities, and that parents are supported in their goals of economic self-sufficiency and stability. Our broad approach to supporting children, families and communities is a proven and effective means to address overarching issues of endemic poverty, which are the root cause of the education failure of America’s poorest children.
Illinois Action for Children offers a wide-range of internship possibilities for all students, from high school to the post-graduate level in a range of program areas including:
- Child care resources (for families and child care providers)
- Early childhood education
- Parent engagement
- Public policy and advocacy
- Community building and organizing
- Organizational operations and support
No matter your educational discipline or area of interest in the nonprofit field, an Illinois Action for Children Internship will provide you with:
- Mentoring, feedback and support
- Professional development opportunities
- Resume-boosting experience
- A chance to make a positive impact for children and families
In turn, we benefit from your energy, contributions, and innovation to help us continue our crucial work on behalf of children and families.