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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Government Relations and Policy Intern

Organization Overview:
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, with 1,000 members, is the region’s most dynamic and effective business-for-business member organization. We drive public policy, programs, and communications as well as focus on delivering value for our members. We are seeking motivated, curious, and thoughtful individuals interested in learning more about public policy and government advocacy in the City of Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois State Capital.

Internship Summary:
As a Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce intern, you are exposed to Chicago’s top businesses and leaders and gain invaluable professional experience. Position Summary The Government Relations (or GR) Intern reports to the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy and helps support the Vice President of Government Relations. This role will help the Government Relations Department advance the Chamber’s Advocacy and Lobbying efforts in the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois.

- Working with the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy and the V.P. of Government Relations, monitor legislative actions in City Hall, Illinois General Assembly, and the Cook County Board of Commissioners,
- Conduct research on public policy and governmental issues and review legislative matters,
- Assist the GR Department in facilitating events and meetings,
- Help prepare documents for the GR Department and the various Committees therein,
- Craft both internal and external written communications to Chamber members, partners, or government officials, and
- Perform other tasks as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Have a passion for public policy, government, or issues of importance to the business community,
- Possess excellent written and verbal communication,
- Strong ability to multi-task and produce high-quality work under deadlines,
- Proficient in Microsoft Windows Suite software,
- Ability to have a flexible work schedule,
- Be able to work collaboratively with other team members,
- Be detail-oriented and able to edit work products, and
- Be able to work independently on projects.

About the Supervisor:
Ramiro Hernandez manages the Chamber’s government relations alongside VP of Government Relations and Strategy Brad Tietz. Ramiro started at the Chamber two years ago after working in state government in Springfield for 8 years. His work brings him back to Springfield often. Ramiro graduated from DePaul University with a major in History and minors in Political Thought and Professional Writing in 2014.

Location and Modality:
The intern will be in the office 3 days per week and remote 1-2 day(s) per week. The office is located at 410 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60611.

Start and End Date:
The internship will be from June 10 to September 27, with the flexibility to accommodate specific scheduling needs.

Modality Notes

For the summer internship we would be in person 3 days a week, remote one. A bit more clarification. We also do summer Fridays in the summer (starting mid-June). So, typically we only have our interns work 4 days M-Th in the summer. If you’d want them in the office all 4 days we can accommodate that. Furthermore, I’d need direction from your team if 4 days is ok or if you’d like them working just half days on Friday like the rest of us. The Friday half day would need to be remote, however, as no supervisors would likely be in the office on a Friday.

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