MOPD Student Intern JOB ANNOUNCEMENT City Hall

April 8, 2021

All qualified and interested candidates must apply online at:

Job Number: 349836

Number of Positions: 2 


The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), is seeking two (2), college interns to assist with the facilitation of our Virtual One Summer Chicago (OSC), 2021 Summer Internship Program for transition-age students with disabilities. In 2018, MOPD started an internship program employing seven transition–aged students with disabilities through Chicago’s OSC Program. MOPD will provide students with a unique internship experience focusing on advocacy, career development and job readiness activities such as resume writing, interviewing skills and professional development.  

Interns hired to facilitate this program will spend time with the OSC students in a virtual and/or hybrid setting. 

Facilitators will work with students to generate conversation about professional development topics and attend discussions with the students where they get to meet individuals who work in a variety of fields. Interns will also have the opportunity to enhance the established curriculum created by MOPD. Facilitators will also help students to complete a final project and presentation at the end of their internship. Performs related duties as required. 

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.  


Skills Desired 

  • Ability to use effective communication in addressing large and small groups. 
  • Experience or interest in working with transition-aged students (experience working with students with disabilities preferred). 
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills.  
  • Comfortability in using remote meeting/conferencing programs, i.e., MS Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, etc. 
  • Knowledge and ability to teach basic job readiness skills (resume writing and interviewing skills). 
  • Awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the disability rights movement. 
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and ability to address concerns and enforce rules with students. 
  • Ability to enhance established curriculum and activities.  
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work in a professional manner. 
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities.  
  • Possess the ability to establish a rapport with students, MOPD staff and contacts at site visits. 
  • Computer proficiency utilizing the internet for research, Word, Power Point, and social media. 
  • Strong written communication so that information is relayed in a clear concise manner and ability to use different and creative ways to communicate with students with different learning styles.  
  • Must be reliable, organized and have a positive attitude. 
  • Willingness to accept direction/redirection and ask for help.  
  • Ability to handle a variety of situations. 
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate situations and exercise sound judgment. 
  • Ability to find creative ways engages students and facilitate participation and communication. 

Location:  Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities           

Address:  121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 104                

Hours: 10:00 am – 3:00pm , Monday – Thursday (Maximum of 20 hours per week) 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Must be a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in their junior, senior, or graduate level coursework at an accredited college, university in an accredited education, higher education, rehab counseling or social work major. Coursework or experience working with transition-aged students with disabilities is a preferred. 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 

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. 

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.    

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. 

Selection Requirements 

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  
  • Juniors, Seniors or Graduate Students  
  • Proficiency in working with students with disabilities 
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Software  
  • Proficiency in utilizing the internet for research and social media  

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 applications will be accepted.  

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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