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Chicago Commitment Intern - Summer 2024

🚀 Summer Internship


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Summer Internship

Research & Development, DataChicago


  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. The Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges,
  • including advancing global climate solutions, supporting local news, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.


  • The ideal candidate is a student in arts administration, nonprofit management, public policy, or the social sciences. The successful applicant will have interest in quantitative research, descriptive statistics, desktop publishing, creating infographics, data collection, and strong research and writing skills, internet and social media fluency, flexibility to flourish with multiple assignments, familiarity with Chicago and its nonprofit community, and enthusiasm for the work of the program.
  • This internship is based in Chicago, Illinois. Our work environment is hybrid with designated in-office days and virtual days. Interns will be required to reside in the Chicagoland area for the duration of the program.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Data Collection and Analysis for Culture, Equity, and the Arts:
  • In the Culture, Equity, and the Arts program, we offer unrestricted general operating support, directly and through our regranting partner, the Field Foundation. Using participatory grantmaking, we aim to see a more equitable distribution of Chicago Commitment resources across the city’s geographies and populations and greater diversity in the organizations we support. The Summer Intern will organize, compile, and present data to assist Staff in documenting our contribution in this regard. Specifically, the Summer Intern will compile geographic data to assess progress on our goal to achieve a more even geographic distribution of MacArthur resources. In addition, the Summer Intern will compile demographic survey data to understand the diversity of our grantees in line with our efforts to make our grantmaking more equitable. The Summer Intern will assist in creating tables and maps for eventual use by Foundation Staff for public audiences:
  • Research to Inform Current and Future Grantmaking Possibilities:
  • The Chicago Commitment team primarily funds organizations and projects in the City of Chicago. That geographic focus is expected to remain stable, but the team is tracking demographic shifts in the metropolitan region to understand the flow of populations and the impact of these shifts on our grantmaking areas. The Summer Intern will collect data on suburban areas around Chicago to help determine which indicators (such as demographics, socioeconomic, and/or physical environment) and indices (such as child opportunity index, hardship index, and/or social vulnerability) are most relevant to better understand the changing dynamics of the region. To understand the philanthropic landscape in the suburbs, the Intern will also collect data on philanthropic networks, giving circles, community foundations, corporate giving, and government resources that already support the suburbs and municipalities.
  • Additional Duties:
  • Prepare for virtual or in-person site visits and join Program Officers on some of those visits.
  • Assist with short-term research or planning projects as they arise.
  • Attend staff meetings and internal learning opportunities at the MacArthur Foundation.

Application process

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. As a requirement, students “must be returning back to school” to be eligible. Students meeting the minimum requirements should apply through the MacArthur Foundation website (www.macfound.org/jobs). The internship posting is listed under the About Us/ Employment tab


Work type

Full time

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