Paid Internship Opportunities at ICOY

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The Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) champions the safety, health, and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families—by acting as a collective voice for policy and practice, and by connecting and strengthening the organization that serve them.

ICOY champions social justice and human rights for youth-serving agencies in Illinois with an emphasis on child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, prevention and intervention services, trauma-informed care, and race equity. ICOY seeks students with a demonstrated interest in a systems-focused internship with an emphasis on providing capacity building, advocacy, and policy for programs and direct-service providers that are committed to helping children, youth, families, and communities thrive. ICOY engages in this work through several areas, as listed below:

  • Marketing & Communications Team
  • Operations / Administration Team
  • Policy & Government Affairs Team
  • Prevention & Intervention Team
  • Training & Intact Family Recovery Team
  • Trauma Initiatives Team

The internship can be structured with interns completing rotations in each department or concentrating on a specific area and department. While this internship will support a variety of activities related to capacity building, the internship itself is non-clinical. Specific projects will be designed based on the assigned area and in collaboration with the intern. The following descriptions provide an overview of the departments and internship opportunities.

Open Internships:


  • Look for opportunities to practice creative problem-solving and who are comfortable taking initiative to move projects forward
  • Excel when provided opportunities for independent learning
  • Are interested in mitigating the impact of systems on children, youth, and families
  • Are interested in policy practice for social change
  • Are interested in multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Are interested in macro-level work and exploring systemic solutions

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The student must be seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree from a degree-granting academic entity. Student interns must be enrolled and in good standing with the academic institution. Interns must agree to a learning plan and be available for at least 15-20 hours per week.

SUPERVISION & SUPPORT: The intern will be provided with weekly supervision to review assigned duties and responsibilities, as well as a reflection of the experience of the intern and their learning experience. Individual supervision will be between the intern and the assigned supervisor.

SALARY: $15.80 per hour. The estimated total stipend for an academic year intern is $10,800.

LOCATION: This will be a hybrid internship and the schedule of virtual and in-person work will be determined with the supervisor. The office is located at 333 S. Wabash Ave, Suite 2750, Chicago, IL 60604.

EQUITY STATEMENT: ICOY is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: For consideration, interested candidates should complete the online application below. You will be asked to provide a resume and a letter that addresses your interest in this internship and what you hope to gain through this internship experience.

Complete the application here:

What is ICOY? A membership based org that ICOY champions the safety, well-being, and success of all Illinois’ children, youth, and families by connecting and strengthening the organizations that serve them and by being a collective voice for policy and practice. What are the different departments ICOY has? ICOY has 6 teams you can intern with or rotate through: Marketing & Communications Operations / Administration Policy & Government Affairs Prevention & Intervention Training & Intact Family Recovery Trauma Initiatives What can I expect as an intern? As an intern, you can expect to: Complete a legacy project Either participate in a rotation or concentration internship Network with our membership orgs and interact with federal & and state contract deliverables. What is the process of transitioning an intern out into the real world? ICOY offers ample opportunities for interns to network during their internship. We also work with our interns on their resumes and cover letters, along with providing professional references. How often are interns hired on after their internship? Interns have been hired on as staff at ICOY; employment after internships is contingent on qualifications and job openings.


Internship applications should be sent in for the following academic year from January through March. If you have restrictions on the timeframe(s) in which you would be able to accept an internship, please email our team.

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