Event & Volunteer Coordination Internship at Hostelling International Chicago!


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


Hostelling International Chicago24 E Congress PkwyChicago, IL 60605


Hostelling International Chicago Internship: Events and Volunteer Coordination Intern

Hostelling International Chicago is a great place to gain valuable experience as an intern. Many interns can earn college course credits while working at the hostel. HI Chicago has three terms for internships, summer, fall and spring, and selection of interns is on a rolling basis until filled. Likewise, start and end times are flexible, established by agreement, and may factor into the selection of a certain intern application. Internships are unpaid.


  • Assist in gathering new and up-to-date content (including photos, reviews, interviews) for HI Chicago's social media and monthly newsletters
  • Organize and facilitate activities in the hostel and outings to attractions in the city for travelers
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers in conjunction with the Community Liaison
  • Create and facilitate new traveler programs and outings
  • Identify and maintain continuous connections with travelers and community members to uphold brand personality and presence
  • Precise responsibilities will vary depending on the current projects at the time of the internship.

Benefits of interning at HI Chicago include:

  • Professional experience to further your career
  • Substantial responsibilities and direct collaboration with management
  • Experience with a large, nationwide nonprofit company and international association
  • Meet new people from all over the world, including travelers, staff, and fellow volunteers
  • Work to increase understanding and tolerance by helping people break down cultural barriers
  • Help travelers to the community have a great travel experience
  • Build skills in public speaking, foreign languages and intercultural communication
  • Participate in fun appreciation events for local volunteers
  • Receive personal and professional development opportunities
  • Earn HI USA membership and dorm overnights at HI USA hostels


  • Completed application
  • Commitment to work a minimum of sixteen (16) hours per week for a minimum of eight (8) weeks


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding ability to think creatively
  • Ability to work on projects independently
  • Good computer skills with MSWord, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • At least one strong reference
  • Application: Internship positions are competitive and not all applicants receive a position. Decisions are made on a rolling basis until filled.


  • People Skills
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Group Facilitation
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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