Programs Internship | Arts & Business Council of Chicago

Submitted by ArtsBizChi on Wed, 11/15/2017 - 1:41pm

Position: Programs Internship

Job type: Part-time, paid ($8.25/hour), for academic credit

Reports to: Programs Manager

Start Date: Spring 2018 (January – May)


The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to linking the strengths of arts and business for the mutual benefit of both. The A&BC builds arts and business partnerships that enhance the management capacity of over 300 arts organizations in the Chicagoland area each year, while developing the leadership capabilities of business professionals through skills-based volunteering. 


The Program Department oversees the key components of A&BC’s mission. This internship will assist in all aspects of planning and managing programs: Business Volunteers for the Arts, our pro bono management consulting program; On BOARD, our training program for professionals to be effective members of arts and cultural boards; our Lab series; and our Membership Program.


Interns will gain exposure to established leaders in both the arts and business sectors while developing a thorough understanding of arts organizations. They will have the opportunity to help A&BC understand the impact of our programs and design their internship based on interests and in alignment with departmental needs. 


A&BC is a member of ArtCore, a non-merging collaborative composed of three of Chicago’s most respected non-profit organizations, Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC), Audience Architects (AARCH), and Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). Interns will have an opportunity to learn about the programs and operations of AARCH and CCA and understand the planning and strategy behind this innovative partnership and shared resources.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Creating and updating of program documents and materials
  • Supporting meetings with arts clients 
  • Compiling data for program implementation, tracking, evaluation, and grants
  • Analyzing program evaluations to develop strategies for growth, retention, and recruitment
  • Gathering and analyzing social media data
  • Helping with database management 
  • Creating program surveys for tracking and evaluation
  • Assisting with event planning and management
  • Researching learning opportunities for arts clients based on emerging issues in field
  • Performing general administrative tasks
  • Special projects based on interests and skills


Schedule: Flexible – 15-20 hours/week

Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Pursuing a liberal arts degree or a recent graduate, an interest in arts administration or a business major a plus
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Experience with MailChimp, Salesforce, and Squarespace a plus
  • A background in developing brand awareness through social media
  • Ability to prioritize urgent and important tasks, flexible and adaptable, receptive to feedback, thrive in a co-working environment
  • Strong communication skills, energy and confidence for outreach by phone to both warm and cold contacts
  • Ability to work well independently
To Apply: 

Send a cover letter and resume to Noemi Garcia at

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Noemi Garcia