ACT Now Policy and Communications Intern: Summer 2020


Afterschool for Children and Teens Now Coalition (ACT Now) is seeking a driven, creative, and dynamic intern with a dedicated interest in youth development programming for our paid summer 2020 internship. Intern(s) will receive a stipend.

ACT Now is a statewide network that advocates for access to quality and affordable afterschool programs for youth within Illinois. We have diverse partnerships with families, educators, legislators, policymakers, community and youth leaders, and providers. We are the C. S. Mott Foundation-funded Statewide Afterschool Network, and we have a counterpart in all 50 states. Our offices are based in Chicago, IL.

The intern who fills this position will have the opportunity to assist in ACT Now’s state and federal policy work, as well as dive into our communications work. Applicants must have excellent communications skills, a strong work ethic, an ability to take direction and work independently, and background in government relations, public policy, or social work.


  • Conduct research on state and federal policy issues affecting afterschool programs
  • Compile resources for the weekly ACT Now Newsletter
  • Update ACT Now’s social media pages
  • Participate in ACT Now Committee meetings
  • Work on ACT Now’s policy campaigns, including state and federal funding campaigns for afterschool programming


  • Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year at their undergraduate institution
  • Candidates must possess good communications skills, be highly motivated, organized, and be flexible in a fast-moving work environment
    • Preferred candidates with a demonstrated interest in governmental relations, public policy, social work, education, social justice issues, and positive youth development
  • Applicants should be available full time for at least ten weeks


Applicants must submit a resume with GPA, relevant course work, and work experience; a cover letter; and two references to ACT Now’s Network Lead Susan Stanton by March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Please send all materials to: