Unified Champion Schools Program Internship

Position Title: Intern, Unified Champion Schools, Programs

Location: Lombard or Normal, Illinois (Partially Virtual)

Department: Program Services – Unified Champion Schools

Reports to: Jennifer Kelso / Jillian Hosteny , Unified Champion Schools

Hours: Approximately 20 hours per week (some flexibility possible)

Date Range: Approximately May 1 – August 31 (Depending on candidate school schedule)

Position Summary: This position will support the growth of Unified programming with a focus on school environments. This role will primarily support Special Olympics Illinois staff and school staff with project management, implementation, and evaluation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Create and develop programs alongside the UCS Team to capture and engage schools in the unified movement
  • Contribute internal processes related to data, operations, and reporting
  • Assist with resource development to enhance current Unified Sports, Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement programming
  • Assist with volunteer management (in person or virtually) and recruitment when necessary
  • Assist with planning and coordination of unified events related to sports, summits, and meetings.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the UCS Team


  • This internship will be interest focused to create a mutually beneficial opportunity for the successful candidate and their long term professional goals. One agreed upon project will be researched, complied and presented upon internship completion.
  • Webinar or online training introducing project to Special Olympics staff, youth leaders and educators
  • Recruitment and Outreach Plan to help grow participation through desired project.

Required Qualifications

  • High school graduate
  • Comfortable with leading Zoom calls and meetings
  • Proven computer skills, specifically: Email, Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Excellent verbal communication, accountability and organizational skills
  • Professional Email communication & ability to respond to all emails within 24 hours (during the business week)
  • Self-reliant and ability to work independently

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Special Olympics
  • Passion to reach more athletes and partners, raise more resources and enhance the experience of events and programming.
  • Experience in coordinating events
  • Knowledge of Social Media and it use to advance organizational goals.

How to Apply:

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