Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC ), founded in 1977, initiated the first domestic violence services program in Chicago. CAWC established the first domestic violence hotline and opened the first shelter for battered women and their children in 1979. CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, CAWC provides counseling, advocacy and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. This includes a shelter for women and children. CAWC works for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.
CAWC is seeking an undergraduate (junior or senior), college graduate, or graduate student to serve as the organization’s special events intern. Under the direction of the Development Director, the individual in this key role will help promote CAWC’S signature fundraising event, Sounds of Silence (SOS), by creating content for various communications channels. The intern will participate in a variety of activities as noted below and will gain exposure into event management at a nonprofit organization. CAWC engages an event planning firm to coordinate the event and the intern would have direct interaction with the event planning team. . This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in a career in special events at a nonprofit, wants extensive hands-on experience to support our event marketing, and has a commitment to our mission of ending domestic violence.
This unpaid internship requires a commitment from September 2018 through April 2019 – 8 to 10 hours/week with some flexibility as we get closer to the event, which is in March. Most of the intern’s time will be spent at our administrative offices located in Humboldt Park – accessible by public transportation from most Chicago neighborhoods - and some project work can be done remotely.
The special events intern will -
Help implement a multi-channel event marketing plan
Create and manage CAWC’s website and social media content as related to the event
Procure items for silent and live auctions
Identify and create new event communication strategies
Develop an updated media list
Create and email event press releases and follow up with media contacts
Generate event reports
Attend committee meetings, as requested
Undergraduate (junior or senior), college graduate, or graduate student pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, event management, nonprofit management, or similar area of study
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Strong writing skills
Must have experience in working on website content and social media
Excellent time management skills with the ability to organize and multi-task
Commitment to CAWC’s mission and social change in the area of violence against women
Capacity to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals
Proficient in Microsoft Office (required) and Adobe Creative Suite or other design program (preferred)
Capable of working independently, as well as with a team
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and a good sense of humor
Please do not apply if you do not meet the above requirements. A cover and letter and resume are required for consideration.
About Connections for Abused Women and their Children
In 1976 a landmark meeting was held in Chicago to address the crisis of violence against women. This gathering resulted in a task force that ultimately became Chicago Abused Women Coalition (CAWC). In 1977, CAWC then established the city’s first 24-hour domestic violence hotline and in 1979 opened Chicago’s first shelter for battered women and their children.Over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the organization expanded programs to include community-based outreach services to adults and specialized intervention services with children. To reflect the expanded scope of its services and its goals for the future, CAWC in 2008 changed its name to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, maintaining its recognizable acronym, while signaling its commitment to programming for both women and children affected by domestic violence. Today, CAWC continues to demonstrate leadership in addressing domestic violence in Chicago, providing life-saving assistance to more than 1,000 women and children each year. Known for its innovative and effective programs and partnerships, CAWC continues to operate its 24-hour hotline and 42-bed sh...elter (Greenhouse), as well as the following: the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), based at both John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offers not only crisis intervention to victims at the time they seek healthcare, but also trains physicians on appropriate screening for domestic violence; the Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP), a walk-in program that provides individual and group counseling to women and their children, along with enhanced therapeutic services for children; and domestic violence education and support for women seeking substance abuse treatment at Haymarket Center.CAWC is a 501(c)3 designated non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors with an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from governmental entities, corporations, foundations, United Way and individuals. Staffed with multilingual, multicultural advocates, CAWC is well-known for providing a safe place for women and children from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds.