Policy and Legal Research Intern
Salary: This is an hourly position, $12 per hour. In addition, class credit is available depending on your schools’ guidelines.
Location: Chicago, IL
Reports To: UCSN Chief External Affairs Officer and General Counsel
Candidates invited to interview should bring along two writing samples and two references.
Start Date: Start and end dates are negotiable. This position will be for a summer internship, with the possibility to extend into the fall.
Hours: Approximately 10-15 hours per week, preferably two to three times per week in the office. Specific hours negotiable depending on class schedules.
The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) believes that all students deserve the opportunity to realize their highest potential. Increasing in diversity but rooted in Hispanic communities, our educational model is anchored by strong parent partnerships, structured learning environments, rigorous curriculum, and an individualized approach that develops and empowers our students. For us, academic success is not a hope; it is an expectation.
Our vision is to develop a diverse group of intellectually curious and passionate civic leaders who act with integrity and who compete and excel locally, nationally, and globally.
Excellence – High Expectations, Growth, Achievement
Integrity – Transparency, Communication
Community – Teamwork, Collaboration
Innovation – 21st Century Learning Environment
Tenacity – “No Excuses, Whatever it Takes", Passion
Accountability – Ownership, Outcomes, Responsibility
This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of policy and legal research while working for a nonprofit organization. Opportunities are available in several categories. The internship can be designed to focus on one category, or multiple, depending on the skills and interests of the candidate and organizational needs. As part of our team, you will work closely with our Legal and External Affairs teams, learn how to build relationships across the organization to develop content for internal and external communications, and how to create compelling content that aligns with business goals and that will be shared by influencers. Interns will acquire valuable resume- and portfolio-building experience, put into practice the skills learned in class, use their creativity to develop persuasive communication materials and earn internship credits.
- Research educational policies and legal information
- Assist in planning, writing and sending out newsletters
- Assist with writing student and staff profiles
- Assist with organizing library and filing system
- Assist with research/writing annual report
- Monitor comments, draft responses
- Perform research and market analysis activities, contribute ideas on new trends, online outlets and/or apps that can improve the reach of messages
Commitment to Equity: Passionate about ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations. Builds positive relationships in and out of the organization.
Focus on Data-Driven Results: Makes informed decisions to improve organizational outcomes by utilizing a data-driven approach.
Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines.
Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to stakeholder needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment. Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files. Physically demands require the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, and walk around up to 60% of the day. In addition, walking up and down stairs several times a day. Must be able to lift 15 to 20 pounds for short periods of time and push and pull 15 to 20 lbs.
Majority of work performed in a general office environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization-sponsored events and meetings.
NOTE: The foregoing list of essential duties and responsibilities is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
The UNO Charter School Network is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals. The UNO Charter School Network does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.