Senator Steans’ Office is seeking energetic, politically minded students and community members to work in the Chicago 7th Legislative District Office during both the summer and the school year. This internship represents an excellent opportunity to learn the inside workings of a state legislative office while making valuable contacts for a future role in government and politics. Interns will sharpen their communication and analytical skills, gain an enhanced understanding of all levels of government, and work directly with municipal, county, state, and federal government officials. The scope and content of the position will be shaped around the unique talents and interests of the particular student.
Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
- Legislative research and correspondence
- Handling constituent cases and concerns
- Regular maintenance of office records
- Assisting with administrative tasks in office
- Good written, oral and organizational skills
- Professional office and telephone demeanor
- A basic knowledge of government and an interest in learning more about Illinois State government
- Analytical and detail oriented
Start / end date and hours are flexible, however interns should be available during office hours (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm). Evening and weekend hours are also available but will vary from week to week. The internships are unpaid, but many students are able to receive college or even high school credit, depending on the requirements of the school. Interns will work in the Chicago office, located at 5533 N. Broadway. The office is easily accessed by public transportation and street parking is generally available. Senator Heather Steans was recently elected to state legislature. Her legislative priorities include: improving access to health care, advocating for education funding and reform, reducing crime and violence, protecting human rights, and preserving a woman’s right to reproductive choice.
The 7th District encompasses the Chicago north lakefront neighborhoods of Edgewater, Rogers Park, Uptown, Andersonville, Ravenswood and Lincoln Square.
Interested students should send resumes and direct questions to:
Cathy Smith, Chief of Staff
Office of State Senator Heather Steans
5533 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640