The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program

Program Description

Women Employed's Summer Leadership Program, generously sponsored by The Pattis Family Foundation, provides a unique opportunity for professional skill building and practical experience by exposing a team of interns to leadership training, front-line research, and a first-hand awareness of the barriers low-paid workers experience. The program seeks to introduce students and recent graduates to all areas of nonprofit work through workshops, guest speakers, and projects.

The interns' project work may consist of: facilitating issue-based discussions with staff and interns; designing and implementing public information and awareness campaigns for specific Women Employed issues; conducting research and outreach on issues relevant to low-wage women; conducting interviews; and/or assisting with other program work as needed. Over the course of the summer, interns will also become familiar with the history and future of the women's movement; participate in professional development workshops on effective advocacy, nonprofit organizational development, and communications; and explore aspects of social justice work with guest speakers.

To learn more about The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program, visit the Summer Leadership Program Class of 2016's blog!

Women Employed, with more than four decades of leadership in improving women's economic status, has the advocacy expertise, innovative programming, and extensive organizational connections to create a rich experience for our interns. Learn more about Women Employed.


Program Details

Eligible applicants will be currently enrolled in college or an education/training program, or have formerly been enrolled in one. Graduate students may apply, although preference is generally given to undergraduate students.

Interns serve on Mondays and Wednesdays, from June 12th through August 2nd. The program includes a $1,900 stipend. Interns will be based at Women Employed's downtown Chicago office. The deadline for The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program application is March 20, 2017. Please do not telephone for more information.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 program. Check back again in early 2018.