Internship Opportunities

46th Ward Aldermanic Internship

Goal: The 46th Ward Aldermanic Internship program provides interns with professional experience in the government services office of a Chicago City Council member. Interns will support community members in accessing City services, working alongside office colleagues; research and follow city policy and legislation; organize community events with their internship mentor; and explore a topic for a semester-long project, dictated by the interests of the individual intern and the needs of the office. Interns will learn how elected officials work behind the scenes to benefit their constituents.

Location: Alderman James Cappleman’s 46th Ward Service Office is located at 4544 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Certain job tasks may require traveling to City Hall or locally within the ward.

Responsibilities: The duties of the intern include: 

  • Welcome constituents when they enter the office
  • Respond to constituents on the phone 
  • Work with aldermanic staff and other interns to answer questions and solve problems
  • Attend meetings in the office or at City Hall as scheduling permits

Compensation: The 46th Ward Student Intern is compensated with course credit at their academic institution. It is the responsibility of the intern to verify their college or university offers such an opportunity. There is one paid internship position offered over the summer. Those who successfully complete an academic year internship are invited to apply.

Education and Experience: The office is looking for motivated students currently enrolled in a local college or university who have completed at least one year of coursework, along with additional desired strengths that may include:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with a team to reach goals
  • Desire to learn about City policy and operations
  • Preferred but not required: Microsoft Office, Google maps, WordPress, Mail Chimp

Hours: The 46th Ward Service office is open 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Monday and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Interns are expected to commit to work a minimum of 8 hours/week for the duration of the academic semester (3 credits), with a preference for those who can commit to 16 hours/week (6 credits).

To Apply: All interested applicants must submit a resume and a half-page cover letter to Ann Hinterman describing your interest in the program, the class course name and number, and how many hours you will work to receive credit. Applicants must also attend an in-person interview at the Ward Office. 

Intern Mentor Contact: Ann Hinterman 

Phone: (773) 878-4646 Email: ann.hinterman@cityofchicago.org