Career Opportunities

Research Internship

About Woodstock Institute:

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of equitable lending and investments; wealth creation and preservation; and safe financial products, services, and systems. Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Our key tools include applied research, policy development, coalition building, and technical assistance. For more information, visit us at www.woodstockinst.org.

 

Internship Description:

 

The research intern’s primary duties will be to assist the research staff in ongoing research projects. As necessary, the research intern will compile databases, conduct preliminary analysis on data, run quality assurance checks, perform basic mapping with GIS, and provide technical assistance to community-based organizations. The work will take place in Woodstock’s Chicago Loop office location for approximately three days per week.

 

Qualifications:

·         Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;

·         Computer skills including Microsoft Excel, SPSS, Microsoft Access, and ArcGIS;

·         Ability to work with large data sets. Experience and interest in working with housing market, foreclosure, mortgage lending, and financial industry data a plus;

·         Ability to work well in a fast paced environment where colleagues communicate frequently by email;

·         Ability to work independently, must be a self-starter capable of managing time and commitments in an organized manner;

·         Ability to prioritize work among simultaneous projects.

 

Compensation: Position will be paid. Rate will be consistent with candidate’s experience and education.

 

Expected Start Date and Days per Week: November 1, 2016, three days per week

 

Contact Person:

 

Name: Patricia Woods Hessing      

Email: pwoods@woodstockinst.org        

Phone: (312) 368-0310 x2022

 

Web Communications Internship

 

About Woodstock Institute:

 

Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of equitable lending and investments; wealth creation and preservation; and safe financial products, services, and systems. Woodstock Institute works locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. Our key tools include applied research, policy development, coalition building, and technical assistance. For more information, visit us at www.woodstockinst.org.

 

Internship Description:

 

The Web Communications Intern will work closely with the Communications and Development Associate to manage all information systems, including website and database administration, and implement Woodstock's communications plan. Responsibilities include:

 

  • Maintaining Woodstock Institute’s website by posting blogs, press releases, press clips, multimedia content, and more on a daily basis;
  • Assisting with the implementation of a custom interactive mapping tool powered by TileMill and maintaining an interactive data dashboard powered by Tableau;
  • Researching and writing blog posts, email copy, op-eds, press releases, and other communications and promotional materials;
  • Improving the accessibility and impact of Woodstock's research and data through interactive infographics, graphic design, open data principles, and more;
  • Updating and ensuring the quality of Woodstock's contact relationship management system (Salesforce);
  • Helping to manage Woodstock Institute’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn;
  • Evaluating, tracking, and reporting effectiveness of the website and other communication channels;
  • Ensuring that Woodstock's style guide is applied consistently by formatting reports, fact sheets, presentations, and other publications for print and web;
  • Assisting in developing and implementing new strategies as necessary.

 

This is a part-time position located in Chicago. Woodstock fosters a supportive work environment that values innovation, initiative, and data-driven experimentation. In this role, you will have the opportunity to put your skills to work supporting policy change that makes neighborhoods safer and more desirable, takes on predatory lenders, and helps all people—regardless of race, gender, income, or disability status—build wealth for the future.

 

Qualifications:

 

Bachelor's degree in information science, communications, graphic design, journalism, policy, planning, or related field, and two years' work experience, including website and email list management and institutional social media strategy. Familiarity with online data visualization tools such as Tableau and GitHub.

 

Basic understanding of content management systems, HTML and CSS, Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet software, data visualization, and contact relationship management systems required. Ability to interpret and communicate key lessons from data required.

 

Experience with photo editing; Tableau; TileMill or MapBox; Drupal CMS, including template creation and database management; CKAN; and Salesforce.com and Wordpress preferred.

 

Excellent written and spoken English language communications skills required; Spanish or other foreign language ability preferred.

 

Self-motivation, initiative and leadership, ability to work independently and work effectively with people at all levels and in an organized manner in a fast-paced environment.

 

Woodstock Institute is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds and protected classes to apply.

 

Compensation: Position will be paid. Rate will be consistent with candidate’s experience and education.

 

Expected Start Date and Days per Week: November 1, 2016, three days per week

 

Contact Person:

 

Name: Patricia Woods Hessing      

Email: pwoods@woodstockinst.org        

Phone:  (312) 368-0310 x2022