Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Breakthrough’s internship opportunities have been put on hold until further notice. Please check back in the spring to see opportunities for summer 2021.

The vision for internships at Breakthrough is to develop career character and practical career experience in students and aspiring non-profit workers. Internships at Breakthrough are unpaid, can be either academic or non-academic, and ideally last roughly the length of a college semester (3-6 months). A variety of internships are available, ranging in focus from clinical to youth academics and homeless ministry to non-profit administration.Each accepted intern will be matched with at least one primary staff supervisor in a program relevant to the student’s interest. In the context of a coaching relationship with a primary supervisor, interns will develop career character.Learn more about the basic expectations of an internship at Breakthrough.


  • Have a learning attitude.
  • Commit to the number of hours required by their department each week.
  • Provide learning objectives and expectations from the university.
  • Satisfy the academic internship requirements stipulated by their academic institution.
  • Uphold the mission of Breakthrough and its core values (Mission: We’re a Chicago-based nonprofit that partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity. Core values: God, people, Relationships, Redemption, Structure, Collaboration, Community, and Racial Justice)
  • 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 those affected by poverty 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.

There are currently no open internship positions. 

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 volunteer@breakthrough.org 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 volunteer@breakthrough.org 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 volunteer@breakthrough.org