Opportunities 2019-12-04T12:14:13-06:00


Strategic Partnerships Internship

Position: Strategic Partnerships Intern                                       Reports to: Director of Strategic Partnerships
Job type: Part-time, paid, $13/hour                                             Start Date: January 2020 (negotiable)

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates partnerships to enhance the management capacity of over 250 arts organizations in the Chicagoland area each year, while promoting leadership development opportunities for business professionals through skills-based volunteering. A&BC prides itself on contributing to Chicago’s creative economy by linking the culture and commerce of Chicago.

The Strategic Partnerships Intern will assist with all aspects of planning and managing A&BC Annexes, the key driver of A&BC’s 77 Communities Initiative. With the 77 Communities Initiative, A&BC creates partnerships and builds relationships among artist-entrepreneurs, community stakeholders, and volunteers from Chicago’s business community to advance communities and organizations that have been perpetually marginalized due to historic and cultural, political and socio-economic inequities.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting Think and Do Tanks – events that bring together skilled Chicagoans from the business community to offer pro bono management consultation to arts, cultural, and creative organizations and individuals in Chicago Park District Cultural Centers
  • Managing logistics of Field Offices – A&BC’s community-based office sites that will introduce A&BC to the arts, culture, creativity, and commerce of Chicago’s historically divested communities
  • Creating genuine relationships with artmakers, business representatives, and community stakeholders who are unfamiliar to A&BC
  • Support organizational learning by conducting demographic research on Chicago’s historically divested communities
  • Assisting the implementation of Board Labs and Learning Labs
  • Compiling data for evaluation and grant reporting
  • Updating contact records in company Salesforce database
  • Collaborating on content creation and scheduling for social media, website, and e-mail marketing
  • Providing general administrative tasks
  • Managing self-directed special projects based on interests and skills of the intern


  • Current college student, recent college graduate, or current graduate student with an interest in arts administration or business
  • Demonstrated interest in the intersection of arts and community development
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Ability to prioritize urgent and important tasks, flexible and adaptable, receptive to feedback
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Strong communication skills, energy and confidence
  • Experience with MailChimp, Salesforce, and WordPress a plus
  • Thrives in a co-working environment

Schedule: Flexible, 16-24 hours/week. Weekend availability for most of the below dates is required.

  • Saturday, February 8 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 7 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume with “Strategic Partnerships Internship Application – [Insert Name]” in the subject line to Braden Cleary at bcleary@artsbiz-chicago.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is committed to racial equity and strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of our volunteers and clients. We are committed to removing barriers that are faced by equity-seeking groups including veterans, people with disabilities, or individuals who identify as a member of ALAANA communities (African, Latina, Arab, Asian, and Native American).  Members of these groups are encouraged (but are not required) to self-identify as such in their cover letters and asked to describe the unique perspective this identity provides for this role.