Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Wellness Space Volunteer — Volunteers for the Community Wellness Space can offer massage, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, meditation, or other any healing interventions on Mondays from 12 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Michelle at

Families in Touch Volunteer Driver — Project NIA has launched a new program to provide FREE transportation for families in Chicago to visit their youth in prison at the IYC-Warrenville. We need volunteer drivers who have cars and are willing to transport families to visit their young people at IYC-Warrenville. All you need to volunteer is a vehicle with enough gas for round-trip travel, car insurance, and a willingness to help. For more info, please contact Tobin at

Girl Talk Facilitators — The Girl Talk Leadership Team is seeking young women of color ages 19 to 35 who are interested in working directly with girls who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The Girl Talk program operates every other Saturday and involves film screenings followed by facilitated discussions or creative activities. All facilitators must complete background check applications to be admitted to the Detention Center. Interested volunteers can attend an upcoming facilitator information session in September to learn more about the program. Visit the Girl Talk blog for more information Contact the Girl Talk Leadership Team at with any other questions.

Suspension Stories Intern — (also see description below)

Policy, Research, and Advocacy Interns and Volunteers
Project NIA invites interns to support the following ongoing initiatives: the UN-marked Campaign and the Chicago Youth Justice Data Project. In addition, Project NIA is launching two new documentation and participatory action research projects (Police Brutality in Chicago History and Chain Reaction: Alternatives to Calling the Police). Contact Mariame at to discuss any of these opportunities.

Project-Specific Volunteers

Anyone interested in any of the project-specific volunteer opportunities should contact Mariame Kaba at

New Media and Information Specialist Intern
Project NIA is looking for a dedicated intern to help us manage and develop our new media presence in order to carry out Project NIA’s mission. This person will lead Project NIA’s new media efforts; in particular the intern will help manage our Facebook page (making posts and informing our supporters about upcoming events), will maintain our Twitter account, will update and maintain our blogs, and will research information for our various blogs.

1. Are you a graphic designer?
2. Are you an illustrator?

We need help to create a logo for our organization as well as to develop several educational publications.

Suspension Stories Internship Description
Suspensions Stories offers interns an opportunity to gain writing and research while working on an important social justice issue. Individuals with a background or interest in journalism, education, law, and criminal justice are especially encouraged to apply, as are those interested in utilizing the media and social networking to advance social justice. We are currently seeking interns to work a flexible part-time schedule during the spring semester and/or summer of 2011.

Internship Description:
The intern will create original content for Suspension Stories, and will assist in building the reach and readership of the site through an aggressive outreach program. The intern will have the opportunity to:
* Write blog posts
* Report and draft at least one original news story
* Research and draft fact sheets
* Design and implement strategies to increase readership through social media
* Perform outreach to schools of education, K-12 schools, and professional and activist groups to inform them about Suspension Stories
Most of the work will be performed independently and remotely, keeping in close touch with Project NIA by email and phone. The internship may involve some local travel to conduct interviews or conduct workshops.
The minimum time commitment is 6 hours/week for the spring semester and 8 hours/week during the summer; more is welcome.

This is an unpaid internship, but transportation costs, Internet, telephone, and any other expenses will be covered.

* Ability to work independently and see projects through from beginning to end
* Excellent writing and online research skills
* Basic web posting and social media skills (no coding)
* Own computer and cell phone
* One reference from a teacher or work supervisor

Email your resume, a cover letter stating why you are interested in this internship, and one reference from a teacher or work supervisor to


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