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Volunteer opportunity description

Internships are offered at the Heartland Alliance office in River North. (Non-student volunteers are also encouraged to apply to these opportunities if they have related education or work experience.) Internships or volunteer opportunities are typically 20-30 hours per week in the summer months.


Interns and volunteers provide a range of support to Heartland Alliance Directors and Program Officers.  Heartland Alliance International Programs is a small office, providing interns with opportunity to experience the international human rights and development field.  Interns should be willing to support a wide variety of tasks, including administrative support. 



  • Must be detail-oriented;
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel;
  • Highly skilled at internet research;
  • Superb oral and written communications skills in English;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task;
  • One year of experience in international HIV/AIDS or other health programming


  • Spanish or French language skills
  • Experience working with people with different backgrounds than your own
  • Experience working with LGBT issues


The Global Health and HIV/AIDS internship is an opportunity to support Heartland Alliance’s health programs, including:

  • Complete literature reviews and best-practices research on international HIV/AIDS, health, human rights, capacity development and other topics to ensure evidence-based programming;
  • Assist in information technology needs and website development / maintenance;
  • Perform administrative tasks as identified by International Programs Department staff;
  • Collect, consolidate and analyze data from Heartland Alliance country program reports for internal and external information sharing purposes and reports;
  • Research and analyze funding opportunities to identify and prioritize program development opportunities, particularly in Africa;
  • Support proposal development – including technical research, content analysis and interpretation, technical writing, editing, budgeting and proposal submission;
  • Coordinate with field offices and International Programs team to create useful materials and briefs;
  • Design and complete an independent project based upon International Program departmental needs and individual skills and interests.

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Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Cherrell Jackson
Community Resources Coordinator
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