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The Arts & Business Council of Chicago has frequent opportunities for volunteer internships concentrating in key areas of our organization. Most internships follow a school year schedule of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters but we will consider other time periods on a case-by-case basis. A&BC is a small office environment where the intern is exposed to all aspects of how a nonprofit operates. 

Position Title: Programs Intern

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

Interns gain exposure to established leaders in both the arts and business sectors while developing a thorough understanding of arts organizations at the administrative level.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Creating and updating of program documents and materials
  • Attending and documenting meetings with arts clients
  • Assisting in compiling data for program implementation, tracking, and grants
  • Assisting in gathering and analyzing social media data
  • Using program evaluations to develop new strategies for growth
  • Helping with database management
  • Assisting with event planning and management
  • Tracking and managing new and active A&BC Members
  • Cultivating new partnerships with organizations and businesses to add to member benefits
  • Providing general administrative tasks, as needed
  • Special projects based on candidate's interests


  • Pursuing a liberal arts degree or 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 prioritze urgent and important tasks, flexible and adaptable, receptive to feedback, thrive in a co-working environment
  • Strong communication skills, energy and confidence for outreach to warm and cold contacts
  • Ability to work well independently

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Noemi Garcia at NGarcia@artsbiz-chicago.org.

Position Title: Accounting/Finance Intern

Intern Location: ArtCore Offices in Loop
Start Date: ASAP (duration TBD)
About Organization: ArtCore is a non-merging partnership that establishes shared infrastructure and services between the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC), Audience Architects (AARCH) and Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). To learn more about our organizations, visit:
Arts & Business Council of Chicago: artsbiz-chicago.org
Audience Architects: audiencearchitects.com
Chicago Cultural Alliance: chicagoculturalalliance.org

Position Summary The ArtCore internship program is intended for current undergraduate or graduate students who have a goal of working in accounting or finance in the non-profit sector. The purpose of the internship program is to help undergraduate and/or graduate students further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience. This unique Internship will provide the opportunity to gain exposure to not-for-profit accounting for 3 organizations under one non-merging collaboration. The intern will gather invoices and payables from the ArtCore organizations, review invoices for proper coding, enter invoices into QuickBooks, and ensure proper payment approval is acquired. The intern will assist ArtCore organizations in receiving and recording donations and contributions. The intern will assist with special projects such as working on budget reports and other initiatives to improve processes and efficiency for the department. Duties will also include administrative support to the Director of Finance & Operations of ArtCore and work closely with the Executive Directors of Chicago Cultural Alliance, Arts & Business Council of Chicago, and Audience Architects.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector and public accounting, either through coursework or employment experience
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to confidently and clearly communicate information verbally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with financial information
  • Proficiency in MS Suite and internet research tools
  • Experience with QuickBooks (desktop or online)
  • Some volunteer experience preferred, although not required

Duties & Responsibilities: Throughout the internship, duties and responsibilities could include:

  • Reviewing check requests submitted by partner organizations and entering invoices into QuickBooks
  • Reconciling accounts payable/accounts receivable
  • Assisting DFO with month-end close process
  • Assisting with special projects as necessary
  • Performing general administrative duties which support the centralized back-office for 3 non-profits

Qualifications: The ideal intern will be a junior or senior working toward a Bachelor’s degree or higher in accounting, business, or finance. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply.

How to Apply Please send cover letters and resumes to Chris Huaracha, ArtCore Director of Finance & Operations at chuaracha@artsbiz-chicago.org. This is an unpaid internship for academic credit. Please, no phone calls.