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 such programs as 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.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting in the creation and updating of program documents and materials
  • Assisting in compiling data for program implementation, tracking and grants
  • Tracking and managing new and active A&BC Members
  • Cultivating new partnerships with organizations and businesses to add to member benefits
  • Helping with database management and event registration
  • Creating program surveys for tracking and evaluation
  • Assisting with event management
  • Assisting in gathering and analyzing social media data
  • Researching learning opportunities for arts clients
  • Providing general administrative tasks, as needed
  • Special projects based on candidate 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 and database programs
  • Ability to work well independently

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

Position Title: Events Intern

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Events Intern assists with events and membership projects. The intern would assist in event planning, donor relations, database entry and management, research and donation solicitation. Major projects would include supporting staff and luncheon committee in the planning and executing of the annual luncheon, held in March. This is an outstanding opportunity to work in a fast-paced non-profit environment with dedicated colleagues in the areas of communications, events and development. The intern will be an integral member of the A&BC team, and will have frequent interaction with program staff and organizational leadership.

Skills desired include excellent communication skills and professional demeanor. The intern will be working closely with the Programs staff and Executive Director, as well as board members, donors and volunteers. Knowledge of basic office technology and software is required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel). Experience in database entry and management is a plus. Ideally, candidate would be a creative problem solver and with a passion for the arts. Thoughtful time management, attention to detail, organizational skills, resourcefulness and the ability to work independently are desired traits in an applicant.

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