MOPD Student Intern JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Field Office

April 8, 2021

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is seeking an intern to assist with various duties in the Disability Resources Unit. The Disability Resources Unit is responsible for providing a myriad of services, both directly and indirectly to people with disabilities who live in and visit Chicago. MOPD promotes total access, full participation, and equal opportunity for people with disabilities of all ages in all aspects of life. The ideal student is highly motivated and is dedicated to improving public service while obtaining “hands-on” work experience in a fast-paced environment. 

Responsibilities of the Disability Resources Intern may include: Receive and provide services in a fast-paced environment to electronic requests, walk-in and phone clients who have a variety of disabilities which may include, but are not limited to: physical, mental health, and/or developmental disabilities.  Individuals may also have substance abuse issues.  Provide information services, and direct services which include assistance with completing RTA/PACE applications on-line, Advocacy, Practical Assistance and Short-term counseling, resource research, and conducting in-home client visits. Conduct community outreach in various settings including digital environments. Complete data forms; maintain statistical data on service delivery provided. Perform clerical tasks such as filing, inventory control, data entry, mailings. Flexibility required. 

Interns will also be asked to work on special projects requiring research, report writing and the development of presentations.  In addition, interns will also be asked to develop creative ways to increase following on social media and promote MOPD events. 

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.  

Location:  Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities           

Address:  2102 W. Ogden Avenue  

Hours8:30 – 4:30 p.m or 9:0-5:00 p.m. Monday – FridayMaximum of 35 hours per week  

SALARY: Freshman/Sophomore $12.00/H, Junior/Senior $13.00/H, Graduate Student $14.00/H 



  • Must be a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or law school OR a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in an accredited business or data processing/information technology school. Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale or a 3.5 on a 5.0 grading scale.  
  • Students must maintain the required GPA throughout the duration of their employment/internship 
  • Student must be enrolled in school with a minimum of 6 credit hours (or quarter hour equivalency) throughout the duration of internship, with the exception of academic breaks, i.e summer 

Disclaimer - "Accredited" means any nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Juris Doctorate degree program. 

Skills Desired 

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work in a professional manner. 
  • Reception skills to be able answer calls and transfer calls using a multi-line phone system, take written messages and direct walk-in clients. 
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments. 
  • Possess the ability to establish a rapport with individuals, while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. 
  • Computer proficiency utilizing the internet for research, meetings, completion of forms and printing information and forms. 
  • Basic proficiency with computer software and navigating the internet (i.e., Microsoft Suites). 
  • Good verbal and written communication so that information is relayed in a clear concise manner. 
  • Must be reliable, organized and have a positive attitude 
  • Willingness to accept direction/redirection 
  • Ability to handle a variety of situations 
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate situations and exercise sound judgment 
  • Strong research skills, ability to write reports, develop presentations and present findings 
  • Ability to find creative ways to enhance MOPD’s programs and services through special projects 
  • Knowledgeable in promoting organizations and events on social media (Facebook & Twitter) 
  • Ability and willingness to work in groups and independently 
  • Bilingual highly preferred; English plus Spanish 

NOTE:  At time of application, you must attach a copy of your resume, current transcript with GPA OR if first term freshman/graduate student a letter of acceptance.  You must provide Enrollment Verification at time of processing. 

Education & Employment Verification - Please be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying.  If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation.  If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired. 

NOTE:  To be considered for this position you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience.  YOU MUST include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties.  (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.)  IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete and you will not be considered for this position.  There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.     


This position requires applicants to complete an interview.  The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualifications best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the position will be selected. 

Preference will be given to candidates possessing the following: 

  • Bachelor level student majoring in Counseling, Rehabilitation, Social Work, Education, Special Education or a comparable Human/Social Services degree program  
  • Bi-lingual – Spanish 
  • Proficiency in promoting organizations and events on social media  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Software  

Evaluation:  Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application.  Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant.  No second-party applicants will be accepted. 

Residency Requirement:  All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.     

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.  


The City of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity & Military Friendly Employer. 

City of Chicago 

Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor 

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59pm Central Daylight Time (CDT).   Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59p.m. CDT on Friday, April 23, 2021.  No exceptions will be made. 


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