The vision for internships at Breakthrough is to provide career experience for students and individuals aspiring to work in a nonprofit organization. Internships at Breakthrough are usually unpaid, can be either academic or non-academic, and ideally last roughly the length of a college semester (3-4 months). Each accepted intern will be matched with at least one primary staff supervisor in a program relevant to the student’s interest. At this time, we have only limited internship opportunities for this summer which are listed below. Please check back in the late summer for fall internship opportunities.


  • Have a learning attitude.
  • Commit to the number of hours required by their department each week.
  • If need, provide learning objectives and expectations from the university
  • Uphold the mission of Breakthrough and its core values (Mission: We’re a Chicago-based nonprofit that partners with people to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity. Core values: God, people, restoration, joy, collaboration, racial justice, and structure)
  • Observe employee standards as indicated in the Breakthrough Employee Handbook.
  • Meet weekly with supervisor for coaching.
  • Complete the projects or learning objectives assigned to you by your supervisor.
  • Satisfy the job description designated by your supervisor.
  • Read any texts or attend specific trainings for personal development as required or suggested by your supervisor.


Since 1992, Breakthrough’s mission has been to partner with people to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. Below are internship opportunities that allow you to be a part of our mission. Click the title of each internship opportunity for a full description.

Interested in interning at Breakthrough, but do not see an internship described above that fits your area of study, particular skill, or learning objectives? Email [email protected] or call at (773) 346-1772 to talk through how your interests can be accommodated at Breakthrough. We would love to be creative and think through ways to engage interns in a variety of areas, even if they are not outlined above. 


To apply for an internship, please complete the following steps.


Email to [email protected] with your desired internship position as the subject of the email.


After the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator has received the completed application, a formal interview will be scheduled with the prospective supervisor.

Please direct questions and application forms to [email protected]