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Data & Research Intern

Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC) is currently seeking an intern for our Data and Research department.
INVC has been working in Chicago’s Austin, West Garfield Park, and Back of the Yards neighborhoods since 2016 to mediate violent street conflicts, create community programming that encourages the principles of Nonviolence articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and provide wraparound services to residents at greatest risk using a continuum-of-care approach.


In this position, an intern will work closely with INVC’s Data Strategist and Research Coordinator to help ensure that the database we use to manage our violence intervention work stays clean, organized, and safe.

Interns will gain experience working in the field of violence prevention. Some of our current interaction partners in the arena include Northwestern University’s Neighborhood and Network initiative (N3), University of Chicago’s Urban Labs, City of Chicago Office for Violence Prevention, the Chicago Department of Public Health, Metropolitan Family Services, Heartland Alliance, Chicago CRED, and more.
This is an unpaid internship. We are happy to work with academic institutions so that interns can receive academic credit whenever possible.


  • Position will be remote. Site visits (to any of our three target neighborhoods: Austin, West Garfield, Back of the Yards) required for orientation

  • Internship would start ASAP, minimum three month commitment beginning from start date

  • Intern will use their own computer

  • Internship tasks will be bound by written safety, nondisclosure and intellectual property agreements due to the sensitive nature of INVCs work


  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required

  • Fast and fluent basic data processing: must be able to type quickly, feel comfortable converting between file types, moving data from a spreadsheet to an online webform, adhering to an established file structure and file naming conventions, send /receive / edit email attachments, use shared cloud storage, etc.

  • Ability to be productive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with people from all walks of life

  • A trauma-informed sensitivity to the challenges inherent to violence prevention work