Take a Bite Out of Hunger -- Program Support Intern Opportunity


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


125 S. Wacker DriveSuite 300Chicago, IL 60606


About Blessings in a Backpack:

When school dismisses on Friday, 15.8 million children will leave their classroom, uncertain whether they will have enough food to eat that weekend. One in five American children face food insecurity - more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined. During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program their school offers. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get. When the school closes it doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and hunger pangs for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning. Who will feed them this weekend?

We will. Due to the dedication of our volunteers throughout the country, children living with food insecurity will benefit from more than 3 million hunger-free weekends this school year.

Position Summary:

The Program Support Intern will assist with projects in the areas of recruitment, orientation, placement, recognition and ongoing support of 3,200 volunteers who manage over 1,000 backpack programs annually.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with recruiting volunteers for local and regional backpack programs
  • Assist with creating web postings and manage volunteer opportunities through recruitment sites such as VolunterMatch, Serve Illinois, Create the Good etc
  • Promote volunteer opportunities at community events such as volunteer fairs and open houses at local colleges/universities and nonprofit organizations
  • Follow-up and track volunteers who submit Volunteer Interest Forms
  • Research best practice models for fundraising, volunteer recruitment and volunteer appreciation
  • Work with Program Team to update and create new resources for Program Coordinator Toolkit
  • Assist with the planning of volunteer recognition events/activities
  • Data entry of volunteer information into Volunteer Management System
  • Create and manage spreadsheets for ongoing and new projects


  • November - June, Minimum 15-20 hours per week
  • Primarily weekday hours, occasional evening or weekends as needed
  • Business office hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Office Location
125 S. Wacker Drive, 3rd Floor Chicago, Illinois

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate of a college or university.
  • Energetic, detail oriented and eager to learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work cooperatively with volunteers and staff
  • Must be able to work within Business Office Hours


Although this position is unpaid, interns will receive the following:

  • Academic credit depending on university policies and criteria
  • Service learning and community service hours/credit
  • Gain experience and professional skills in all facets of a nonprofit organization
  • This opportunity can be translated on resume as real work experience
  • Training, orientation and on-going support are provided
  • Blessings in a Backpack is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its interns

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Anita Knazze, Volunteer Services Manager, at: anitaknazze@blessingsinabackpack.org

For questions, please email or call 312-893-5513


  • Internet Research
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Program Management

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible hours, primarily during the weekday
  • Enthusiasm and Creativity

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