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CAIR is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization. The organization's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Internships at CAIR-Chicago offer students and activists a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a friendly and diverse environment.







    SPRING 2008 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT CAIR-CHICAGO

    CAIR-Chicago, the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is currently offering 18 new internship opportunities. CAIR is the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization. The organization's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

    All internships are unpaid. Internships last one semester and include a 12-hour/week commitment. Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Gerald Hankerson, Outreach Coordinator, at: internships@cairchicago.org.

    APPLICATION GUIDELINES:
    clearly indicate which internship opportunity you are applying for in your cover letter. If you are applying for more than one position, please list in order of preference. All Spring applications are due by December 16th. (Please note: Spring internships usually run from early January through early June). Applications that do not list the above information will not be processed. If you have any questions, please email all inquiries to internships@cairchicago.org. Students interested in receiving class credit, should indicate so in their cover letters. Credit will be arranged during the first week of the academic semester.

    Listing of all internships by department:

    Civil Rights:
    CIVIL RIGHTS INTERN
    LAW CLERK (Open to Law Students Only)

    Communications:
    COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
    CHURCH PROJECT INTERN
    FAITH CORE ONLINE MAGAZINE INTERN
    PHOTO JOURNALIST INTERN

    Governmental Relations:
    GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS INTERN
    GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS COMMUNITY ORGANIZING VOLUNTEER RECRUITER
    VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT INTERN
    POLICY RESEARCH INTERN  

    Operations:
    INFORMATION DESK
    OPERATIONS INTERN
    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERN
    EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT INTERN

    Outreach:
    PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN
    PUBLIC EDUCATION INTERN
    HUMAN RESOURCES INTERN
    MUSLIMS CARE PROJECT INTERN


    CIVIL RIGHTS DEPARTMENT

    Our Civil Rights Department handles cases that range from prejudiced gestures to full blown discrimination. Our clients are Muslims as well as non-Muslims who have had Islam imputed upon them.

    Interns and Law Clerks may work on any of the following projects:

    Citizenship Delay project - seeks to address the lengthy delays Muslims are facing in applying for citizenship
    Police Misconduct project - addresses incidents where police officers have discriminated or used excessive force against Muslims
    Prison project - secures the rights of Muslim inmates to practice their religion freely, and ensures that inmates are treated humanely
    Airport Profiling project - helps Muslims who have been discriminated against at airports
    Employment Discrimination project - helps Muslims discriminated against based on religion at the workplace.

    CIVIL RIGHTS INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Civil Rights Coordinator and staff attorney on resolving cases of discrimination reported to CAIR-Chicago.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Assist in documenting incidents of religious discrimination by counseling and interviewing complainants regarding their incidents
    • Research laws and policies on employment, student conduct, and immigration procedures, as well as criminal offenses and other areas as seen fit
    • Assist in maintaining the Civil Rights Online Center
    • Updating databases containing information about abuses reported to CAIR-Chicago

    Qualifications:
    • Organized and demonstrate the ability to follow through the various on-going and newly assigned tasks
    • Excellent written communication skills and a commitment to serving the community


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    CIVIL RIGHTS LAW CLERK (Open to Law Students Only)
    Extern will work closely with the Civil Rights Coordinator and staff attorney on resolving cases of discrimination reported to CAIR-Chicago.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Assist in documenting incidents of religious discrimination by counseling and interviewing complainants regarding their incidents
    • Research laws and policies on employment, student conduct, and immigration procedures, as well as criminal offenses and other areas as seen fit
    • Legal writing: drafting arguments, memos and complaints
    • Participate in representing complainants in dispute resolution, EEOC mediation, filing complaints and law suits
    • Assist in maintaining the Civil Rights Online Center
    • Updating databases containing information about abuses reported to CAIR-Chicago

    Qualifications:
    • Organized and demonstrate the ability to follow through the various on-going and newly assigned tasks
    • Excellent written communication skills and a commitment to serving the community


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    COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

    Our Communications Department monitors the local media closely and flags coverage of issues relating to Islam and Muslims. The Department also holds Press Conferences and issues press releases, media advisories, and story pitches in order to ensure that Muslim perspectives on pressing issues and current events are represented in the mainstream media.

    COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Communications Coordinator on projects and/or daily tasks per CAIR-Chicago's organizational needs.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Work on pieces that deconstruct sensational and biased coverage of issues pertinent to Muslims and Islam. The purpose is to flag such pieces, to highlight their inaccuracies, and to offer thoughtful analyses that diffuse misconceptions.
    • Students work will be published and featured in a variety of ways:
    a. Published as letters to the editor and as perspective pieces in Chicago's main newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, Daily Herald, and Daily Southtown, as well as community papers, Final Call and Muslim Journal

    b. Submitted to fourteen community newspapers published by the Southwest News Messenger

    c. Published on the CAIR-Chicago website as well as other well-traversed websites such as Media Monitors (archived by Google)

    d. Featured in the upcoming Chicago Media Review Blog (to be launched)

    The targeted audience of these pieces is the general American public readers of the main Chicagoland newspapers and web surfers. Journalism students preferred.

    • Interns will work on long term research projects assisting with the development of qualitative and quantitative reports, such as the Chicago-Tribune Review, analysis of the Chicago-Tribune's coverage of Islam and Muslims over the year and the Barnes and Nobles Shelf Study, analysis of the proportion of books available on Islam and Muslims.
    • Interns will participate in BLOG Watch, where major BLOGs are monitored and responded to, so as to address inaccuracies and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.

    Qualifications:
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Proficient with Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Explorer
    • Proficient with internet research
    • Experience with general administrative support a plus


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    CHURCH PROJECT INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Communications Coordinator on this new initiative which seeks to build bridges of dialogue and understanding between the Muslim community and other Chicago religious communities.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Assist in public speaking engagements at different religious centers in Chicago
    • Research Chicago religious communities and current religious and political issues on the international, national, and local levels
    • Speech writing
    • Community relations

    Qualifications:
    • Knowledgeable about international, national, and local religious and political issues, and comparative religion
    • Experience and comfort with public speaking, engaging with diverse faith perspectives, and articulating a Muslim faith perspective.


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    FAITH CORE ONLINE MAGAZINE INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Communications Coordinator on Faith Core, a new biweekly journal, which seeks to provide an open forum for thinkers of diverse backgrounds to share faith-based reflections on a common theme.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Editing and soliciting articles to be published in Faith Core
    • Community relations

    Qualifications:
    • Excellent written communication skills
    • Knowledgeable about comparative religion and contemporary religious issues


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    PHOTO JOURNALIST INTERN
    Intern will work with CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director, coordinators, and team members to create visual messaging for web display, campaigns, and presentations

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Provide photo coverage to document CAIR-Chicago's activities and events
    • Coordinate schedule to ensure that events are covered from start to finish
    • Capture proceedings, activities, and event highlights to convey event theme
    • Upload pictures for organization and archiving purposes
    • Take general photographs to portray routine, relevant organizational processes
    • Identify key figure and themes to assist with captioning and photo layout

    Qualifications:
    • must have a flexible schedule to accommodate weekends and evenings
    • access to appropriate equipment preferred
    • a portfolio illustrating previous experience and work desired


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    GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

    Our Government Affairs Department seeks to organize, mobilize, and empower Chicagoland's Muslim community with long-term civic participation. Its educational initiatives help community members understand the political system and utilize it to work for their issues. Projects include voter registration drives, community workshops, "know your rights" educational campaigns, and training sessions at mosques and community centers on how to contact and engage local and national politicians. The department also systematically works to educate local political representatives about their Muslim constituents while ultimately engaging these representatives with the Muslim community's unique issues and concerns.

    GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Government Affairs Coordinator with projects and/or daily tasks within the scope of CAIR-Chicago's organizational needs.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Updating and maintaining departmental files
    • Contributing written pieces to “The Mobilizer” (the Governmental Relations Blogs)
    • Running errands outside of the office as needed
    • Update voter files
    • Occasionally assisting in legislative and/or electoral research

    Qualifications:
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point)
    • Self starter and ability to multitask


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    GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS COMMUNITY ORGANIZING VOLUNTEER RECRUITER
    Intern will closely with the Government Affairs Coordinator and Political Organizer to recruit volunteers for the 2006 voter mobilization effort.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Develop comprehensive strategy to recruit volunteers for political campaigns
    • Assist the political organizer in coordinating volunteer activities in the Bridgeview area
    • Develop a comprehensive plan to be used across Muslim communities for political volunteer recruitment
    • Create a centralized database of volunteers to be used in the future

    Qualifications:
    • Be familiar with the Muslim community
    • Have experience in working with mosque leadership
    • Be familiar with the Bridgeview area
    • Have previous experience in recruiting volunteers/working with large groups of volunteers


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    VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT INTERN
    Intern(s) will work with the Governmental Relations Coordinator to develop creative educational material for the Muslim community.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Develop voter education materials to distribute to the Muslim community
    • Research new civic education materials to be distributed to the community
    • Assist in planning civic duty 101 classes for mosques and local area community centers
    • Assist in establishing communication with elected officials' personnel to obtain information as needed

    Qualifications:
    • Self starter and ability to multitask
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
    • Outgoing and able to communicate with offices of elected officials


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    POLICY RESEARCH INTERN  
    Intern will work with the Governmental Relations Coordinator to develop CAIR-Chicago's position on all relevant legislation and policies.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Research new legislation relevant to CAIR-Chicago
    • Assist the Governmental Relations Coordinator in analyzing current and proposed legislations
    • Developing detailed analysis for internal use
    • Occasionally working with other intern(s) to develop educational materials for the Muslim community

    Qualifications:
    • Strong background in research
    • Strong writing and verbal skills
    • Self starter and ability to multitask


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    OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

    The Operations Department manages a variety of tasks and processes in order to facilitate the maintenance and improvement of daily functions within the organization and its constituent departments. Internally, this includes HR related tasks, updating organizational records and files, corresponding with government offices and vendors, IT support, and directing incoming communication via email and phone to their respective departments.

    The Operations Department also coordinates HTML and graphical composition for the creation of printed materials, website updates, and email campaigns. The Operations Department performs ongoing research and undertakes special projects designed to improve CAIR-Chicago's function and efficiency.


    INFORMATION DESK
    Intern will work with the Operations Coordinator to assist clients and facilitate requests from external partners, agencies, and organizations.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Understand scope and implementation of functions within CAIR-Chicago
    • Serve as the first point of contact for all internal departments
    • Document incoming requests for demographic analysis
    • Coordinate efforts between departments to resolve incoming requests
    • Direct and assist media, legal professionals, clients, and general public with relevant information
    • Assist with general administrative work as needed

    Qualifications:
    • Candidate must be detail oriented, possess a high level of awareness and initiative
    • Must display an accommodating, professional image and demeanor
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Must display a high level of reliability and resourcefulness
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products, e.g. Word, Excel


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    OPERATIONS INTERN
    Intern will assist the Operations Coordinator with projects and/or daily tasks within the scope of CAIR-Chicago's organizational needs.

    Duties are dependent upon candidate's skill sets and may include the following responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):
    • Provide orientation and support for office staff and interns regarding office protocol and procedures.
    • Audit existing records, files, databases, and web material
    • Research applicable equipment grants, offers, and reimbursement programs.
    • Provide assistance with a variety of daily and periodical tasks, including donation processing, file organization, and compiling information.
    • Create procedure logs to document CAIR-Chicago's profile, current procedures and new protocols.

    Qualifications:
    • Business and accounting majors are encouraged to apply.
    • Ideal candidates will possess strong problem solving skills and the ability to handle a variety of challenges.
    • Strong oral & written and interpersonal skills required.
    • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and the ability to learn internet applications to document, organize, and perform work assignments.


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    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Operations Coordinator to support the office LAN and assigned application based data projects.

    Duties are dependent upon candidate's skill sets and may include the following responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):
    • MS Access Database development
    • Network Management and Troubleshooting
    • Maintaining office computers running Windows XP
    • Providing helpdesk support for CAIR-Chicago Staff, interns, and volunteers
    • Independently researching solutions for developing network and application needs
    • Intern/Volunteer will be expected to help train staff, interns, and volunteers with basic Desktop Support to help build their skills Document solutions for future reference and training

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Familiarity with MS Office applications, Windows XP
    • Ability to research and implement solutions to new problems
    • Hardware maintenance skills
    • Knowledge of freeware resources
    • Ability to work independently and without supervision, to complete assignments, and communicate solutions to problems effectively with team members.


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    EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Executive Director on projects and/or daily tasks within a focus on organizational needs.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned).
    • Corresponding with organizations & individuals on behalf of the Executive Director
    • Logistical planning for the Executive Director's speaking engagements / Events/ Business Travel
    • Daily office assistance: answering & making phone calls / scheduling / typing letters / writing emails
    • Filing / data entry / sorting mail
    • Research and reporting
    • Conducting out-of-office projects

    Qualifications:
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point)
    • Working knowledge of the Internet / E-mail
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Self starter and ability to multitask
    • Dependable and trustworthy


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    OUTREACH DEPARTMENT

    The Outreach Department seeks to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with local and national institutions. It also works to foster an understanding between Chicago's Muslim and non-Muslim communities via educational collaborations. Lastly, it recruits and pairs the right talent (volunteers and interns) with the appropriate CAIR-Chicago projects.

    PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Outreach Coordinator on establishing or maintaining relations with Chicago-based organizations on issues that are of CAIR-Chicago's scope.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Research organizations that overlap with CAIR-Chicago in scope
    • Meet with representatives of various organizations in the Chicagoland area
    • Conduct Intro to CAIR-Chicago presentations
    • Maintain appropriate files and databases
    • Maintain Online Partners Page
    • Design promotional materials for different events and different audiences
    • Publicize CAIR-Chicago events
    • Post events to appropriate websites and list serves
    • Manage the CAIR-Chicago Publicity Committee

    Qualifications:
    • Friendly, outgoing and self-motivated
    • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
    • Excellent critical thinking and visual skills
    • Demonstrate the ability to follow through the various on-going and newly assigned tasks
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Ability to work well under pressure


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    PUBLIC EDUCATION INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Outreach Coordinator or Cultural Sensitivity Trainer on developing educational material on Islam and Muslims, as well as coordinating and/or conducting presentations on topics relating to Islam.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Create educational material on Islam and Muslims
    • Create a speaker's bureau database on topics relating to Islam
    • Conduct presentations on topics relating to Islam (training provided)
    • Coordinate workshops relating to Islam, as needed

    Qualifications:
    • Organized, multi-tasked and demonstrate the ability to follow through the various on-going and newly assigned tasks
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Possess excellent oral and written communications skills as well as the ability to do extensive research
    • Familiar with Excel, Access and Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Ability to integrate graphical software within Power Point presentations
    • Education, Middle Eastern Studies, and Religious Studies majors preferred


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    HUMAN RESOURCES INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Outreach Coordinator on maintaining both the internship and volunteerism programs of CAIR-Chicago.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Assist in setting up for-credit internships for undergraduate and graduate university students by completing the appropriate paperwork and maintaining the necessary databases
    • Conduct presentations on the importance of volunteerism and discuss existing volunteer opportunities at CAIR-Chicago within the Greater Chicagoland area
    • Direct volunteers and liaisons as needed
    • Plan and coordinate social outings for volunteers
    • Assist in developing CAIR-Chicago volunteer gear
    • Follow-up on new volunteer applications using SmartFTP (training will be provided)
    • Maintain Online Volunteer Center Blackboard (training will be provided)

    Qualifications:
    • Friendly, outgoing, and demonstrate strong leadership skills
    • Self-motivated
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Detail-oriented and excellent organizational skills


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    MUSLIMS CARE PROJECT INTERN
    Intern will work closely with the Outreach Coordinator on managing the Muslims Care project: a national initiative which promotes volunteerism.

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):
    • Plan and coordinate 1-2 community service events per month
    • Work in conjunction with other Chicagoland organizations on monthly community service events
    • Publicize events to CAIR-Chicago constituents
    • Attend events and report back to the Outreach Department

    Qualifications:
    • Friendly, outgoing, and demonstrate strong leadership skills
    • Self-motivated
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Detail-oriented and excellent organizational skills


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