ACT Now Policy and Communications Intern


ACT Now is seeking a driven intern with a dedicated interest in positive youth development for an unpaid internship position in the fall semester.  ACT Now is a statewide coalition that advocates for quality and affordable afterschool programming.  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 federal and state policy work and communications work.  Applicants to this position should have excellent communications skills, a strong work ethic, an ability to take direction and work independently, and a background in government relations, public policy, or social work.


  • Conduct research on state and federal policy issues affecting afterschool programs
  • Write copy for the ACT Now Newsletter
  • Contribute to ACT Now’s social media pages
  • Participate in ACT Now Committee meetings
  • Work on ACT Now’s policy campaigns, including federal and state funding for afterschool programs


  • Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year at their undergraduate institution
  • Candidate must be motivated, organized, and possess good communications skills.
  • Preferred candidates with a demonstrated interest in education, social justice issues, positive youth development, public policy, or social work
  • Applicant should be available 12 to 20 hours a week and the position starts as soon as possible


Applicants should submit a resume with GPA, relevant course work, and work experience; a cover letter; and two references to Susan Stanton by September 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at