The Three Spinners University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Internship is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of refugees and immigrants relocating to the Champaign-Urbana community.

Each participant will gain hands on experience working alongside a board member for the development of the organization. Interns will become knowledgeable on how the nonprofit operates and will gain professional experience on how to communicate with different organizations.

Interns must be able to take initiative in his/her work and be responsible at meeting deadlines. They should be comfortable working independently and  in “unchartered territory.” The following requirements apply to all positions. Additional descriptions follow:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback in team settings.
  • Must be at least a sophomore. Grad students also accepted. Strong preference for upperclassmen.
  • Must demonstrate relevant experience in or outside of the classroom, or prior experience.



  • The Fundraising intern will gain hands on experience with organizing fundraising events, communicating with donors, and researching potential new donors.
  • The intern will also brainstorm creative ways to grow the organization’s stewardship and cultivation activities.
  • The intern will engage in solicitation activities that range from email, social media, online campaigns, and engagement with corporate sponsors.

Grant Writing

  • The Grant writing intern will work to draft/complete grant applications and identify available funding options.
  • The intern will help with managing, updating, and expanding the list of existing and prospective federal, state, and local grants.

Graphic Design

  • The Design intern will create event flyers, infographics, web and social media imagery.
  • Applicants must submit a strong portfolio of previous work, highlighting illustration and photography skills.
  • Video shooting and editing skills are not required but will be given extra consideration.

Public Relations

  • The PR intern will perform an audit of our website to ensure a consistent tone.
  • The intern will write press releases on current events and short summaries of past events.
  • The intern may be asked to conduct interviews and write human interest stories.
  • Applicants should note any foreign language fluencies.

Urban Planning

  • The Urban Planning intern will be responsible for conducting extensive research and writing tasks related to housing legislation, zoning ordinances and related policies in the CU community.
  • Strong preference for an applicant with an existing network of professors and knowledge of local ordinance laws.
  • The intern will research existing resettlement projects taking place in similar communities.

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