HIGHLIGHTS

About Our Internship Program

Niagara Foundation offers a highly competitive internship program that gives students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to make important professional contributions to our success. Interns are assigned a long-term project that they work on during their 12 week internship in addition to daily responsibilities. Long-term project assignments range from new program development, creating strategic plans, research and analysis, as well as contributing to the organization of department specific programs. Niagara Foundation internships are unpaid.

General Requirements

Internships are available to undergraduate / graduate students and recent graduates from an accredited college or university. Individual internship postings have specific requirements so be sure to read each description before submitting an application.

Internship Dates:

Fall Term: September 15-December 10 ll Application Deadline: August 1st
Winter Term: January 10-March 28 ll Application Deadline: November 15th
Spring Term: April 1-June 15 ll Application Deadline: February 15th
Summer Term: June 8-August 14 ll Application Deadline: May 20th

Important Note: Starting September 2015, Niagara’s Winter internship will be replaced with longer Fall and Spring semester internships

How to Apply

Please send your resume, writing sample and two recommendation letters to internships@niagarafoundation.org

Center for Public and Global Affairs:

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Public and Global Affairs offers platforms for distinguished speakers to spotlight trends, analyze important issues, exchange ideas, and participate in productive interactions that promote innovative global and public policy solutions.

Internship opportunities are available every quarter/semester for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where he or she will gain work experience for the future. The intern will assist the Director of the Center for Public and Global Affairs with daily operations, as well as larger, long-term projects. Responsibilities include assisting the Program Director in researching, proposing, evaluating, and planning of upcoming events. Interns assist in the Chicago & Global Family events by proposing potential speakers, full event research and proposal for the Niagara Forums series. In addition, interns contribute to the Niagara blog The Falls in recapping Niagara events, providing original content and book reviews. The intern will have the opportunity to meet with a number of public figures from the Chicago area, including professors, local, state and international government leaders, and business leaders, among others.
An ideal candidate will have a background in international studies, political science, international relations or other related fields.

Internship Requirements:

• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit to 12 hrs/wk for 12 weeks
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadline
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity

• Pursuing a degree in International Relations, Public Policy, Journalism, Communications, or other related fields
• Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge on international affairs
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Center for Interfaith Engagement

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Interfaith Engagement encourages pluralism by providing opportunities for all cultures, communities and faith groups to be engaged in dialogue though a variety of programs. Signature programs include the annual Abrahamic Traditions and Ramadan Experience dinners, the Abraham’s Tent home interfaith dinner program, our Sacred Sources discussion program, Sharing the Faith series, and the Annual Chicago Interfaith Gathering.

Internship opportunities are available every quarter for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where she or he will gain valuable work experience in the field of inter-religious dialogue and community development. The intern will assist the Program Director of the Center for Interfaith Engagement with daily operations, as well as larger, long-term projects.

Responsibilities include overseeing the organization of Abraham’s Tent program and its database development, management of event invitations, and communicating with participants; assisting with preparation for Sacred Sources programs; logistical support for major Sharing the Faith events; and writing blog posts for promotion and/or review of interfaith events. Depending on the time of the year, interns will also be working on the planning and coordination of the center’s annual interfaith programs. Interns will be expected to bring a spark of innovation in developing new cross-cultural and interfaith programs and opportunities for members. The ideal candidate is able to work flexible hours and attend Niagara events.

Internship Requirements:

• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit 1 full school quarter or semester
• Must be able to commit at least 10 hours a week in the office
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills (please attach a writing sample with application)
• Ability to produce weekly blog posts

Desired Skills/Preferences:

• Pursuing a degree in Theology, Religion, International Relations, Communications, Sociology, or Anthropology.
• Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge on current trends in religious and international affairs
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment
• Ability to bring creative approaches to problem solving

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Center for Academic Affairs

Niagara Foundation’s Center for Academic Affairs works in collaboration with distinguished universities and scholars to make advancements in all academic fields more visible by offering platforms for discussion.

Internship opportunities are available every quarter for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where he or she will gain work experience for the future. The intern will assist the Director of the Center for Academic Affairs with daily operations, as well as larger, long-term projects, including but not limited to writing and reviewing transcriptions of both small and large scale events, creating booklets for future events, and proofreading/revising articles submitted by scholars and members to make them align with Niagara’s mission.

Internship Requirements:

• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit 1 full school quarter or semester
• Must be able to commit at least 10 hours a week in the office
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadline
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills

Desired Skills/Preferences:

• Pursuing a degree in Sociology, History, Economics, Business, Communications, Psychology, Anthropology, or other related fields
• Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge on international affairs
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Administrative Assistant

Recruiting / Talent Management

Niagara Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Chicago in 2004 currently with branches in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The foundation is committed to building global bridges locally by convening dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and acceptance. Niagara Foundation envisions a community in which people from all walks of life interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities, thereby strengthening civil society and promoting the development of shared human values.
Internship opportunities are available every semester for students who wish to participate in a learning environment where he or she will gain work experience for future employment.
Responsibilities include communicating with future intern candidates via phone and email, managing open internship postings on various career and university websites, developing an internship application database, including recruitment materials, application logistics and timelines.

Requirements:
• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit at least 12 hours a week for 12 weeks in the office
• Applicants must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in human resources
• Strong writing skills are required

Knowledge & Skills:
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills
• Excelling organizational and analytical skills
• Ability to think strategically and understand interrelations within an organization
• Highly proficient on MS Office Suite, particularly in Excel

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Communications Internship

Niagara Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Chicago in 2004 currently with branches in Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The foundation is committed to building global bridges locally by convening dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and acceptance. Niagara Foundation envisions a community in which people from all walks of life interact with each other and cooperate to serve their communities, thereby strengthening civil society and promoting the development of shared human values. The Communications intern plays a key role in that mission by creating content that keeps Niagara’s community informed and engaged outside of Niagara events.

The Communications intern has similar responsibilities as an online newspaper reporter. Intern will research content, interview contacts, and contribute to the development of Niagara’s news site. S/he will work with the Director of Communications to pitch ideas and will post content related to Niagara events and international affairs. Interns are also responsible for helping with writing press releases and other PR assignments.

Responsibilities include: researching and contributing to blog, contacting Niagara members and speakers for interviews and research, making phone calls when necessary and producing PR materials for events. This is an excellent opportunity for journalism and communications students who want to build a diverse writing portfolio and strengthen their ability to pitch, research and edit. Additionally, interns will be encouraged to participate in brainstorming and developing new programs and initiatives at Niagara.

Internship Requirements:
• Must be an undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate
• Must be able to commit 1 full school quarter or semester
• Must be able to commit at least 12 hours a week for 12 weeks in the office
• Ability to respectfully communicate and work with diverse community groups varying in age, religion, denomination, and ethnicity
• Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Ability to process and protect confidential information
• Ability to work in a team-driven environment.
• Have excellent verbal, interpersonal skills (will be calling and interviewing sources)
• Strong writing skills and working knowledge of AP style are required
• An established social media presence is preferred

*Note: This internship application requires a writing sample – journalistic or research-based.

Desired Skills/Preferences:
• Pursuing a degree in Journalism, Communications, International Studies, Political Science or other related fields
• Curiosity and ability to quickly absorb information related to international affairs
• Experience working with multiple media, i.e. video editing, photography, podcasting is desirable, but not required
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

SUMMER 2015

Alyssa Slager
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Communications and Global Studies


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Suzanne Warshell
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Brown University, Political Science on the international track


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Anthony Wojnar
Web Design Intern , Summer 2015, DePaul University, computer game development with a focus on design


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Jasmin Rojo
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, Michigan State University, Journalism and Psychology


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Irma Geldiashvili
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, University of Paris


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Brianna Deigan
Communications Intern, Summer 2015, University of Wisconsin


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Natasa Jovanovic
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, Roosevelt University, Human Resources Management


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Essienubong King
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Mass Communications


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Kiara Gonzales
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Andrew Lee
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2015, Northwestern University


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Andrew Seligson
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Summer 2015, Oberlin College, Religious Studies and Music


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Fatima Tuba Eldes
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology


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Justine Gustafson
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Xiamen University, Chinese Environment Law


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Alexandra Turcios
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, political science with a concentration in civic leadership


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Hiba Ahmad
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Knox College


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Jihan Dubose
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, The American University, International Development


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Megan Zacher
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2015, Loyola University, International Studies and French


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Shuai Shao
Web Design Intern, Summer 2015, Northwestern University, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


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Praneender Gupta Vuppala
Web Design Intern, Summer 2015, Illinois Institute of Technology


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WINTER 2015

Kathleen Bolano
Communications Intern, Winter 2015, DePaul University, Relational Communications and Organizational Communications


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Jovon T. Puhlyak
Public & Global Affairs Intern , Winter 2015, Columbia College Chicago, Cultural Studies and Asian Studies


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Joshua Heine
Public & Global Affairs Intern , Winter 2015, Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Political Science and History and Spanish


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Maria Jose Segura
Center for Public & Global Affairs Intern , Winter 2015, Northeastern Illinois University, International Relations


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Patrick Reilly
Academic Affairs Intern, Winter 2015, University of Chicago, History and Latin America and state-sponsored scientific programs


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FALL 2014

Adnan Dautovic
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Fall 2014, Loyola University of Chicago, International Relations with a concentration in Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy


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Ryan Lents
Interfaith Engagement intern , Fall 2014, Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union, MA in Justice Ministry



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Karla Saavedra Betancourt
Public & Global Affairs Intern , Fall 2014, Lake Forest College, International Relations and Legal Studies


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Kathleen Ferraro
Writing & Reporting Intern, Fall 2014, Northwestern University, Cultural Anthropology, International Studies, and Global Health Studies


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Stanba Gyaltsan
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Fall 2014, Lake Forest College, Politics &Economics




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Maria Munoz
Academic Affairs Intern, Fall 2014, University of Illinois at Chicago, Psychology and Gender and Women Studies



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SUMMER 2014

Emily Ramos
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, Sociology


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Whitney Lewis
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, International Studies


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Nooria Bibi
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, International Studies and Philosophy


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Kristin Micek
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Winter 2014, DePaul University, Masters Candidate in Media and Cultural Studies


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Ryan Bisceglia
Web Design Intern, Summer 2014, Marquette University, Advertising and Corporate Communication


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Danny Davis
Writing and Reporting Intern, Summer 2014, Lawrence University, Government and Philosophy


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Geri Michalzuk
Human Resources Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, Human Resources Management


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Yanelis Romero
Writing and Reporting Intern, Summer 2014, North Park University, Media Studies


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Katie Stever
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Summer 2014, Hamline University, Religion and Creative Writing


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Brandon Carter
Writing and Reporting Intern, Summer 2014, DePaul University, International Studies


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SPRING 2014

Hannah Ward
Writing and Reporting Intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, English


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Ariana Shockley
Interfaith Engagement Intern, Spring 2014, DePaul University, International Studies


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WINTER 2014

Danmei Zhang
Human Resources Intern, Winter 2014, Loyola University, Masters Candidate in Human Resources


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Paige Girardi
Center for Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration, Winter 2014, DePaul University, Anthropology


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Lauren Messenger
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Winter 2014, Loyola University, Masters Candidate in Political Science


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Sara Augustinas
Public and Global Affairs Intern, Winter 2014, Loyola University, political science and theatre


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Melissa Muth
Public and Global Affairs intern, Winter 2014, DePaul University, Communications and Media and Latin American and Latino Studies


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Megan Deppen
Writing and Reporting Intern, Winter 2014, DePaul University, Journalism



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Trevor Harty
Center for Cultural Exchange & Interfaith Collaboration, Winter 2014, DePaul University, Anthropology


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SUMMER 2013

Amber Staines
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, Miami University, International Studies and Economics


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Lindsey Conger
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, Indiana University, Journalism with a concentration on Public Relations and Radio


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Stephanie Lee
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, Miami University, International Studies and Economics




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Corinne Stubbs
Center for Public & Global Affairs, Summer 2013, M.P.P. University of California, Los Angeles, Public Policy




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Gabriela Polo
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Summer 2013, DePaul University, International Studies and Economics with a concentration in Latin American Studies and a minor in Sustainability Studies


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SPRING 2013

Eleanor Peck
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Spring 2013, B.A. Roosevelt University, Political Science




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Brendan Dowd
CENTER FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE & INTERFAITH COLLABORATION, ’13, M.A. Catholic Theological Union, Theology with a concentration in Interreligious Dialogue


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WINTER 2013

Elizaveta Melkova
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, Winter 2013, Lake Forest College, International Relations




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Usma Baseer
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, Winter 2013, Roosevelt University, Industrial Organizational Psychology



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Vincent (Yunxiu) Deng
CENTER FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Winter 2013,M.S. Loyola University Chicago, Integrated Marketing Communications


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FALL 2012

Danya Sherbini
CENTER FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE & INTERFAITH COLLABORATION, FALL 2012, Northwestern University, History, Concentration in Asia & Middle East


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Jeannette Papalotti
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, FALL 2012, B.A. DePaul University, International Studies and Journalism


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Swapna Pisipati
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, FALL 2012,M.A. DePaul University, International Studies, Middle Eastern Affairs


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SUMMER 2012

Tom Willmot
CENTER FOR PUBLIC & GLOBAL AFFAIRS, SUMMER 2012, Illinois State University, History and Political Science


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SPRING 2012

Joseph Ruttenberg
Center for Public and Global Affairs, Spring 2012, M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Political Science, Civic Leadership


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Eric P. Hunt
INTERFAITH LUNCHEON FORUMS AND INTERCULTURAL TRIPS 2007, B.A. Aurora University, History and Religious Studies


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