Special Olympics Illinois employees are some of the luckiest people in the world. Why? Because we get to work for the best people in the world—our athletes—and we truly love what we do. We are one big family working together to make our organization as effective as possible, and every day we are committed to creating a fun, productive, fulfilling, and valuable working environment.
It’s a new and exciting experience every day. It’s so rewarding when you see the faces of the athletes at events. Their joy shines through.”
–Jeremy Davidson, Manager of Web Operations
Can you tell we love it here? We thought so. And we think you’ll like it here, too.
At Special Olympics Illinois, we’re committed to building a creative, engaged, collaborative, and hard-working team that does the right thing for our athletes, our communities, and each other. Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we celebrate this through recognition and benefits enhancements that reflect our changing times and help our employees create a satisfying work-life balance for themselves and their families.
“Having been at Special Olympics Illinois for over forty years, I have to say it’s been a great ride.”
–Kevin O’Brien, Area Director
We are focused on the well-being of our employees throughout the state because we know they are the difference-makers in the lives of our Special Olympics Illinois athletes. We aim to create a positive atmosphere where employees feel valued, fulfilled, challenged, and engaged. We truly want people to love working here, and we strive to create a culture that allows for growth, opportunity, and fun.
Whatever your background, there’s a career waiting for you at Special Olympics Illinois.
What’s it like to work at Special Olympics Illinois?
“Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities to directly see the benefits of all the work we do. At events and activities, we get to personally see the success of the athletes, the fun and interactions the volunteers have with the athletes, and the pride of family members and coaches when they see their athlete reach a personal best or win. It is great to know that all we do has such a direct, positive impact on so many people.”
–Tracy Hilliard, Vice President, Sports Training and Competition
Family. Team. Joy. Meaning. These are some of the words that come up when employees talk about working for Special Olympics Illinois. A place where work is fulfilling, communication is open, and your team works together to achieve great results. For Special Olympics employees, we love what we do. We’re proud of our culture, our team, and the work we do each and every day.
“It’s the most employee-friendly place I’ve ever worked.”
–Patty Welsh, Program Development
Great teams are diverse in their composition and capable of changing and growing all the time. Special Olympics Illinois is truly one big family that grows and changes together. We strive to be one of the best places to work, and to accomplish this we are always changing to meet the needs of our staff in an ever-changing world.
What kind of background do I need to work at Special Olympics Illinois?
At Special Olympics Illinois, we recognize that each of us brings something unique to the team. These differences are reflected in how we develop our worldview, how we process information and learn new skills, and how we approach work, family, and personal relationships. They may also include race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, health, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political convictions, socio-economic status and education. We know that when we are all working toward the same goal, these differences are, in fact, our greatest strength. This is why we are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected.
The following is a listing of skills and competencies we look for in potential Special Olympics Illinois employees:
- Teamwork / collaborative nature
- Enthusiastic, positive attitude
- Passion for community engagement
- Honest and respectful
- Leader among peers
- Organized and self-directed
- Creative and Innovative
- Strong initiative
- Excellent written and verbal communication abilities
- Problem analysis, decision making, and analytical capabilities
- Diverse background, experiences, and skill sets
We want to give all our employees the support they need in order to do their best work, and we are always on the look-out to recruit, train, and retain the best talent possible in order to move forward as an organization.
Want an opportunity to gain relevant business experience while working with an innovative and world-class non-profit? You’ve come to the right place, and we’re excited you’re interested in joining our team.
“Not only am I learning skills that I will take with me into my future, but I know I’m a part of something so much more influential than anything I’ve ever done before.”
–Illinois State University Student Jackie Hauswith, Event Coordinator Intern, Spring Semester 2013
We offer business, finance, sports management, organizational leadership, communications, technology, marketing, and human resources internship opportunities, and our internships are open to all majors. You’ll gain invaluable on-the-job experience, career development, and leadership opportunities while getting an introduction to our collaborative, fulfilling, and engaging culture.
We’re honored you are considering beginning your career with Special Olympics Illinois.
Current Internship Openings
Finance Internship – Normal, IL
Administration Internship – Normal, IL
Sports, Training & Competition Internship – Normal, IL
Athlete Leadership Programs and Families Internship – Normal, IL
Area 6 Internship – Normal, IL
Area 12 Internship – Highland, IL
Area 15 Internship – Carbondale, IL
Graphic Design Internship – Normal, IL
Project Unify Internship – Lombard, IL
Video Production Internship – Normal, IL
Hear firsthand how an internship with Special Olympics Illinois could provide a great development opportunity for you!
“Interning with Special Olympics Illinois has given me the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life work experience by challenging me to develop a structured program for interns, while also allowing me to be a part of something much more meaningful than a typical internship” — Illinois State University Student Ellen Walters, Human Resources Intern
“Special Olympics has provided me the opportunity to learn the accounting process from the non-profit standpoint. SOILL is a great organization that provides all the necessary resources for a successful internship.” — Hope College Student Scott Keith, Finance Intern
“Working at Special Olympics Illinois has been a very rewarding experience with lots of fun projects and great people to work with” – Bradley University Student Abby Green, Torch Run Intern
Current Job Opportunities
- Part-Time Student Worker Position – Normal, IL
- Diversity and Inclusion Internship – Chicago, IL
- Assistant Director – Development, Torch Run – St. Louis Metro East
Current Key Volunteer Opportunities
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