For 40 years, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) has served people of all races, ethnicities, religions, lifestyles, and needs: Providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage, and securing our community's housing and financial well-being, to over 10,000 Chicagoans annually.
The intern will gain valuable experience working with CASL staff, Board, and volunteers. The intern will participate in all facets of special event planning. S/he will collaborate with the Special Events and Volunteer Officer and gain conceptual knowledge, as well as the hands-on experience of completing specific tasks associated with event planning. The intern will also manage the volunteer database. CASL’s signature event, GALA, will take place in May 2018.
Internship Responsibilities (in conjunction with the Special Events and Volunteer Officer unless otherwise noted)
Learn to work within budgets and to maintain an accurate accounting of event revenue and expenses
Help coordinate vendor relationships and requirements
Learn how to analyze event projections to determine anticipated revenue vs. expenses
Learn to work within timelines to ensure that event goals and objectives are being met and to monitor the timeline to ensure that tasks are on track
Assist in the creation of the floor plan, delivery of supplies and oversight of set up/breakdown for night of event
Help design a post-event debriefing session for key event leadership
Attend committee meetings if possible
Help facilitate the donation of silent auction items and help implement visual aspects of silent auction displays
Assist with sponsorship follow up to ensure that sponsors receive their marketing benefits including event tickets
Work with committee chairs or co-chairs as needed
Other initiatives related to event planning as determined by the Special Events and Volunteer Officer
Enter volunteer information into the volunteer database
Skills and Qualifications
Graduate or undergraduate student
Interest/experience in fundraising and/or special events
Outstanding writing, organization and communication skills
Ability to work independently yet is a collaborative team player who knows how to ask for direction when needed
Ability to work under tight deadlines and on several projects simultaneously
Ability to accept supervision and mentoring while developing competencies to manage projects
Familiarity with Microsoft Office
Length of Internship
January – June 2018 – flexible regarding number of hours and days/week, but it must be at least 8-10 hours/week
For almost 40 years, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) has served people of all ages and backgrounds: Providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage, and securing our communit...y's financial well-being, to almost 12,000 Chicago area residents annually.
CASL Programs and Services Include:
Children and Youth Development: This focus area provides children with the necessary skills to succeed at school while supporting families in their efforts to transition into American culture. It consists of five programs for children 0-18 years old: 1) Family and Learning Resource Center, 2) Early Childhood Education Center, 3) After School Program for Grade, Middle and High Schoolers.
Employment and Financial Empowerment: This focus area improves family financial and housing security through five key areas within a HUD certified program: 1) Adult Employment Program, 2) Chef Training Program, 3) Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program, 4) Housing Counseling, 5) Financial Literacy and Coaching.
Senior Wellness and Independence: This focus area impacts the mental and physical health of community seniors, encouraging them to live healthy, happy, independent and engaged lives through four key areas: 1) Adult Day Service, 2) In-Home Service, 3) Pine Tree Senior Council, 4) Evidence-Based Workshops
Community and Family Well-Being: This focus area impacts the stability of the community and family by offering foundational services that safeguard basic needs through the following seven key areas: 1) Immigration
Services, 2) Healthcare Outreach and Coordination, 3) Case Management, 4) Public Benefits Assistance, 5) Probono Legal Clinic, 6) Community Participatory Research, 7) Advocacy
Cup of Tea: Weekly Saturday meet-ups held for learning and practicing conversational English.