The purpose of this internship is to collaborate with Open Communities’s staff members to educate and engage the public, media, and key leaders to ensure that the message of inclusive and fair communities is advanced throughout the sixteen communities of our service area. This position will build the organization’s capacity by educating the public about their housing rights, and attracting grassroots advocates, members, and individuals who will utilize our services. The hours and days are flexible. Open Communities’ internships are unpaid.


  • Work with Open Communities staff to provide systematic outreach to current and prospective congregational and organizational members, diverse as to geography and populations served.
  • Conduct research and outreach to support a new campaign, 2015 Justice Project: The March Continues, including researching the comprehensive plans of local suburbs and “best practices” for welcoming communities.
  • Monitor print and electronic advertising for fair housing violations as well as mentions of fair & affordable housing.
  • Assist in database management, editing outdated information and updating current information.
  • Submit biweekly journal entries about your experience at Open Communities (lessons learned, questions asked, etc.).

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  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Desire to learn about at least one of our programs (fair housing, landlord/tenant rights, foreclosure prevention, immigrant integration, Homesharing, organizing/advocacy)
  • Able to work effectively with people of different races, ages, faiths, abilities, and other backgrounds
  • Open to feedback, eager to learn, asks questions
  • Access to a car (preferred but not absolutely mandatory)

Application Questions:

  • Why are you interested in doing an internship with Open Communities?
  • What dates (from when until when) are you available? How many hours? What days of the week?
  • Attach your resume and/or write a brief summary of past work/volunteer experience you have.
  • What skills/knowledge/experience are you hoping to gain from this internship? How can we make this the best possible internship for you?



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