Communications & Events Internship (Chicago)

Heshima Kenya is a non-profit headquartered in Chicago that works to protect and empower unaccompanied refugee young women and girls, including their children, who have been displaced by war and are living alone in Nairobi, Kenya.

INTERNSHIP DATES: Fall & Winter 2017 - 2018 (flexible)

SCHEDULE: 15-20 hours per week

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR: Our team is looking for fall and winter interns to assist with Chicago- based community outreach initiatives, office administration and grant research, online communication strategies, and execution of events.

This position is ideal for a graduate or undergraduate student who is interested in journalism, communications, events, with an interest in international development, human rights, and women's empowerment.

Past and current interns have supported fundraising initiatives, drafted print and online communications, supported aspects of grant writing, designed and implement a social media strategy and assisted in event planning.


  • Research and develop new community outreach strategies
  • Support the execution of Heshima Kenya's 6th annual Fashion Challenge
  • Maintain and update donor database on a weekly basis
  • Send weekly donor acknowledgment letters
  • Support the recruitment of volunteers
  • Provide copy edits for monthly newsletters, blogs and social media posts
  • Assist with the execution of our 2017 holiday campaign
  • Work with both the Director of Philanthropic Initiatives and Philanthropic Initiatives Coordinator on creative products


  • Attention to detail
  • Strong writing abilities
  • Event planning
  • Ability to work both collaboratively both independently and with a group
  • Academic or grassroots background in issues pertaining to refugees, international affairs, human rights and sexual and gender-based violence
  • Sensitivity to diverse cultures
  • Graphic design expertise is preferred

How to Apply: 

Please send your resume and cover letter to by October 27, 2017 to be considered. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we ask that you do not call Heshima Kenya's offices regarding this position. All qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.


At Heshima Kenya, we believe interns are just as important as any other member of the organization. You will have a seat at the table to share your ideas, inputs, and abilities with our U.S. team. As a nonprofit, this position is unpaid, but we can work with you to offer academic credit and encourage you to add any projects you owned during the internship to your portfolio, with permission of your supervisor.