The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking a creative and motivated individual to intern in its Policy and Advocacy Department and to focus on the Illinois Getting to Zero Project. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while working at an active, upbeat non-profit.
The Getting to Zero project Intern will work with the Getting to Zero team with a wide range of projects related to the implementation of a plan to bring an end to the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030. The Getting to Zero project intern will also have the opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy, and other issues related to AFC’s mission as they work to engage and mobilize the statewide HIV community.
This person will work closely with Policy and Advocacy’s Manager of Special Projects and Policy and Advocacy’s Project Specialist. Additionally, this person will have significant communication with the Getting to Zero Steering Committee, Implementation Council, Partners and Workgroups. Internal to AFC the intern will work closely with staff in the Care, Communications, Prevention, and Research and Data teams.
This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this internship, the intern will learn how to take skills acquired in an educational setting and apply them in the workplace. The intern will gain a better understanding of the role that community can play in a non-profit setting and be better prepared to work in the field of HIV/AIDS, public health, or public policy.
The Getting to Zero Intern will learn:
Vital collaboration skills by working with partner organizations and individuals at the local, regional, state and national levels.
How to work with communications teams to develop targeted materials for various and varied audiences, with the aim of educating advocates and organizers, and promoting in-person and digital engagement
How to plan for, coordinate and facilitate meetings and conference calls with coalition members and stakeholders, and how to follow-up afterwards for maximum effectiveness.
Community organizing, specifically within the HIV community across all regions of Illinois, including the City of Chicago, with the aim of implementing a strategic plan to end HIV in our state by 2030.
How to analyze and prioritize data collected from various methods of community engagement activities.
How to navigate public relations and marketing support for public health advocacy campaigns.
Become well-versed in numerous community health policies and issues facing those vulnerable to and living with HIV/AIDS.
The latest research and science on HIV/STD prevention, including the science and implementation of U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable) and the HIV prevention pill PrEP.
Self-motivated and self-starter;
Ability to work in a group setting;
Exceptional writing and communications skills;
Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously;
Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications;
Have experience using social networking and online communications;
Passion for social justice issues and the fight against HIV/AIDS;
Volunteer experience or familiarity with HIV and/or non-profit organizations desired.
This internship is unpaid (stipend available). Details will be provided during the interview process. AFC can also help interns obtain college credit, if available from your school. Interns will receive necessary training and staff supervision. Internships require at least 10 hours/week for a minimum of 8 weeks, though longer internships are preferred.
Mail: AFC Intern Program, 200 W Monroe, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60606
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident