The Institute of Cultural Affairs in the U.S.A. (ICA) has announced that it will be accepting up to 40 interns during Summer 2012 to support the "Accelerating Green Initiatives in Chicago's 77 Community Areas" (Accelerate 77) project and the "Sharing Approaches That Work" (SATW) Conference on September 15, 2012.
"Anticipating 40 new interns is definitely going to change the energy level on the project," said Nina Winn, program coordinator for the Resilient Communities program. "What I look forward to most is each student's creative talent and unique perspective and input that will ultimately drive the Accelerate 77 effort to success."
Accelerate 77 is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in preparations for the September share fair that will highlight, connect and accelerate Chicago's green initiatives. Summer interns will have the option of involvement in one of the three work arenas: Community Engagement, Communications and Promotion, and Event Design and Implementation. Students interested in advanced leadership development will have the training and hands-on experience of co-leading teams in these three areas in collaboration with ICA mentors.
The program can be up to ten weeks in length, beginning May 28 and ending August 3. Participants will have the option of participating in the entire ten-week program that includes the optional Student Leadership Development session - or alternatively choosing a three (June 18-July 6) or four-week (July 9-August 3) cycle. The preferred time commitment is 20 hours per week.
The program will be coordinated at the ICA's headquarters at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago. More information on leadership development opportunities can be found under the Resilient Communities Program at www.ica-usa.org. The deadline to apply is April 9, 2012.