28th Ward Aldermanic Public Policy Internship

 Summary of Position:

Alderman Jason C. Ervin represents the residents of the 28th Ward in the City of Chicago City Council.  The duties of the Alderman range from dealing with legislative issues and budget issues to community relations and intergovernmental relations.  The Office of the 28th Ward Alderman is offering an internship for undergraduate students interested in public policy.

Interns assist with all tasks required in a busy government office such as answering phones, taking notes, researching policy issues and legislation, editing web pages, attending meetings, handling mailings and email blasts, coordinating programs and events, and working on general constituent services.  In addition to work in the Ward Office, interns participate in City Council and Council Committee meetings, as well as briefings and other activities at City Hall.  Successful candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work as a team member.

Duties of an Aldermanic Public Policy Intern include attending Chicago City Council committee hearings and Council meetings on proposed ordinances.  After attending each meeting, the Public Policy Intern will create a summary report of the city council and committee meetings for the Alderman and office staff.  The Aldermanic Public Policy Intern will also assist with communications to residents of the 28th Ward about policy issues in the City of Chicago.



  • Research and analyze proposed City ordinances
  • Perform various administrative functions to support program activities Draft informational materials and correspondence in response to inquiries
  • Distribute informational materials at meetings and community events
  • Perform office clerical functions including answering phones, taking service requests from constituents, and providing basic information
  • Use various software packages to type documents, create spreadsheets and maintain databases
  • Participate in the set-up and operation of special events and program activities
  • Maintain records and prepare work reports
  • Perform related duties as required


  • Excellent experience with many city government projects and with officials and staff working within city government
  • Involvement in a variety of community, education, development, and youth programs
  • Exposure to the decision making process within city government
  • Experience in planning, conducting, and evaluating government and community programs
  • Opportunities to contribute to improvement of city services, programs, and the quality of life within the 28th ward
  • College credit, if appropriate
  • Letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship, if appropriate


  •  Must be a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in an accredited college or university offering an Associate, Baccalaureate or graduate degree program OR a student in good academic standing currently enrolled in an accredited business or data processing/information technology school. 
  •  Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible schedule
  •  Interest in city government sector areas such as education, business, community development, technology, transportation, environment, etc. 
  • Experience conducting, reviewing and analyzing research and/or policy (helpful but not required)
  • General office environment
  • Outside environment (e.g., community events)


Submit résumé/CV, cover letter, letter of academic standing, and letter of recommendation to: info@aldermanervin.com.

Friday, May 16 at 3:30 PM

Monday, June 9, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Undergraduates $8.50 per hour
Graduates and Law Students $9.5
0 per hour