Internship, Volunteer and Job Opportunities

Here are just a few of the many internship and volunteer opportunities located in and around Chicago. Please look at our other pages for information about other organizations: Associations and Conferences and GWS Affiliates.

  • About Face Theatre
    About Face Theatre works within and beyond the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, committed to innovation, artistic excellence, and community transformation through theatrical projects.
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
    The Internship Program at the AFC is designed to provide selected applicants with rewarding educational opportunities that will lead to professional careers fighting HIV/AIDS. Working closely with staff, AFC interns acquire knowledge and skills in specific areas, learn about HIV/AIDS issues, work on critical assignments and projects, receive exposure to various professions, and gain first-hand experience working in a non-profit setting.
  • Center on Halsted
    A multipurpose facility that serves Chicago 's LGBT community by offering services including organizational support, cultural/recreational programming, and counseling services.
  • Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice
    The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) was established to promote balanced and humane criminal justice policies that reduce incarceration and promote long-term public safety. CJCJ's mission is pursued through the development of model programs, technical assistance, research/policy analysis, and public education.
  • Chicago Books to Women in Prison Project
    A volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to women in prison nationwide.
  • Chicago Coalition For the Homeless
    CCH organizes and advocates preventing and ending homelessness based on our belief that housing is a human right in a just society.
  • Chicago Foundation For Women
    The CFW believes that all women and girls should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and live in safe, just and healthy communities. For the last 22 years, the Foundation has influenced social justice through advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education.
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
    Provides legal and educational services to maintain the bond between imprisoned mothers and their children, as well as advocates for policies and programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers and reduce incarceration of women and girls.
  • Chicago Women's Health Center
    The longest-operating women's health collective in the United States, is a collective of women that includes health workers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who work together to provide health education and affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women in the Chicago area.
  • Equip For Equality
    A statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities.
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
    The FMF seeks highly motivated undergraduate students with an interest in the public policy and political science, particularly in areas concerning gender, human rights and development. Interns must demonstrate a strong academic record and preferably have a background in the feminist movement and/or feminist issues.
  • Gerbert/Hart Library
    The Midwest 's largest LGBT circulating library with over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.
  • Girls in the Game
    Located in Chicago, Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well being of ALL girls.
  • Heartland Alliance
    Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights champions the human rights and improves the lives of men, women, and children who are threatened by poverty or danger.
  • Howard Brown Health Center
    Promotes the well-being of the GLBT community through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    Works to secure equal rights for GLBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other GLBT organizations.
  • Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    Educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
  • In These Times Magazine
    In These Times is a politically progressive monthly magazine of news and opinion published by The Institute For Public Affairs in Chicago.
  • JusticeWorks Community
    The mission of JusticeWorks is to educate, organize and mobilize a partnership of concerned citizens and community residents and organizations to advocate for just, humane and effective criminal justice policies, emphasizing alternatives to incarceration for women with children.
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
    The LAF is the principal provider in Chicago and Suburban Cook County of free legal services in civil law matters to individuals and families unable to afford legal counsel, and to the elderly.
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
    The LAF is the principal provider in Chicago and Suburban Cook County of free legal services in civil law matters to individuals and families unable to afford legal counsel, and to the elderly.
  • Literature For All of Us
    Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book group discussions to teen mothers and other young people in underserved neighborhoods. They seek to develop family literacy by providing children's literature and child development resources to teen parents.
  • People For the American Way
    A progressive advocacy group that seeks to hold government programs responsible for public policy. It actively promotes education on issues including school class size, separation of church and state, civil rights, equal rights for the LGBT community, and promotion of civic participation.
  • Planned Parenthood Chicago
    Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area (PP/CA) provides medical services, educational programs and counseling to women, teens and men.
  • Rainbow House
    Rainbow House's mission is to provide violence prevention and outreach services to individuals, families, and communities, and to be effective public policy advocates for systemic change that reduces the prevalence and impact of domestic violence. They provide services in Chicago through three programs: Community Resource Program, Children's Program, and Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Program.
  • Sarah's Circle
    Offers daytime supportive services to homeless women/women at risk of becoming homeless, working to end poverty through services, advocacy, and meeting the needs of women.
  • Women's Sports Foundation
    The Women's Sports Foundation seeks to advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity.
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
    Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.