The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program

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 assisting with other program work as needed

Over the course of the summer, interns will:

  • Be familiar with the history and future of the women’s movement
  • Participate in professional development workshops on effective advocacy
  • Nonprofit organizational development and communications
  • Explore aspects of social justice work with guest speakers

Our Summer Leaders

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.


  • Eligible applicants will currently be enrolled in a postsecondary education/training program or will have been enrolled in one previously. 
  • Though all are encouraged to apply, preference is given to undergraduate candidates.

Women Employed seeks to improve the lives of all working women through systemic change. Therefore, WE values the unique experiences, backgrounds, perspectives, skills, knowledge, and work styles that a diverse workforce brings to our organization.

Women Employed is committed to building a diverse and inclusive staff, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply

Program Details

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Interns serve on Mondays and Wednesdays, from June through August. The program includes a $1,900 stipend. The internship will be held virtually until it is safe for us to be based at Women Employed’s downtown Chicago office. Applications for our 2021 program will open in early in the new year, so stay tuned!

Application Details

Applications are closed for the 2020 program. Please check back in early 2021 to apply for next year’s program!