Calling talented and passionate literacy aficionados! Are you looking for a part-time fellowship where you’ll gain valuable skills and contacts, make a difference every day, and only have to make coffee if you personally plan to drink it? Join us!

Open Books Literacy Interns are responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of Open Books’ literacy programs. These internships are designed for people who want to work directly with youth across Chicago.

Ideal Candidates Will Possess...- Experience working with children
- An enthusiastic and positive attitude
- Great public speaking skills
- Passion for Open Books' literacy mission
Availability and CommitmentLiteracy Interns commit to the position for a minimum of one semester (12-16 weeks), and must be available during regular weekday hours. While time in the office varies, most interns work between 10 and 25 hours per week. Ideally, Interns commit to a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule.

Open Books brings on Literacy Interns in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. There are usually 5-8 interns working in the Literacy Department at any given time.
Projects You Might EncounterLiteracy Interns may assist with a plethora of Open Books initiatives, including leading programs and workshops, developing new curricula, conducting research about trends in literacy and education, and more!

Additionally, almost every single intern acts as a Site Leader for Open Books Buddies.
Questions?See our FAQ
or email us:
[email protected]

Q: Do Open Books Literacy Interns get paid? 

A: Open Books internships are unpaid, but in no way unrewarding. 

Q: What perks do interns get at Open Books? 

A: Open Books interns get flexible hours, caring coworkers, ongoing professional coaching, all the books you can read, and the experience of working in a unique, candy-filled loft office in River North. 

Q: How do I apply for an internship? 

A: Just fill out the online application on this page. Easy!

Q: What is a Creative Introduction? 

A: All intern candidates must submit a Creative Introduction as part of their application to Open Books. A Creative Introduction can be anything (really, ANYTHING) that illuminates your skill set in a unique way and shows us why we would be crazy not to hire you. Creative Introductions should show some work and effort. Generally, cleverly written emails and samples from college classes do not make effective introductions.  Hint: Be CREATIVE!!!


Q: What do Open Books interns go on to do? 

A: Open Books is committed to helping groom the next generation of nonprofit leaders and community movers and shakers. Soon, we’ll be adding an Alumni page to show you where our previous teammates have landed. 

Q: Can I take this internship for academic credit?

A: Absolutely! We’ve had interns from a number of Chicago universities use our internships for academic credit. We also accept recent graduates and those who have decided to take a gap year.

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