Willenborg Civic Action Internships – Research Division of SEIU HCII

Job title: Willenborg Civic Action Internships – Research Division of SEIU HCII

Company: Dominican University

Job description: Job Title: Willenborg Civic Action Intern

Department: Civic Learning

FLSA Status: Stipend

Number of Positions Available: 2

Dates of Internship: Spring 2022

Research interns will work with members of the SEIU HCII research team supporting campaigns to radically expand child care services and in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities in Illinois. Child care and home care currently exist as state-supported services for some Illinoisans. They are not yet the universally-available, free services our communities deserve, and the work of child care and home care workers remains underpaid and undervalued. The COVID pandemic has made clear how essential child care and home care are, and the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act and other actions has made substantially more funding and policy options available to states.

Research interns will analyze public policy primary sources, data sets, and secondary sources to support the child care and home care expansion campaigns. Interns will have an opportunity to identify key facts, write summaries, and create other materials to support the campaigns.

Research interns will also have an on-campus academic mentorship experience with Liesl Orenic, Professor of History, labor scholar and former labor organizer.

Interns will:

  • Work an average of 20 hours a week over the length of the Spring semester.
  • Receive an orientation to HCII’s mission, vision, divisions (industries in which the union represents workers), and work.
  • Gain familiarity with major programs and systems of care in child care and in long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as critiques of these systems as they exist currently
  • Work with key staff on the research team and child care and/or home care divisions, and contribute to how their everyday work moves the larger work of the union forward
  • Learn about how data analysis and policy work can contribute to organizing for social change
  • Have opportunities to practice and further develop writing and data analysis skills
  • Have opportunities to participate in rallies, protests, member meetings and other field activities, as appropriate.


  • Strong commitment to economic and racial justice and an interest in how economic and racial justice intersect in the lives of low-income workers and low-income communities of color
  • Ability to participate in professional environments, with people from varying demographic identities, collaborating in teams.
  • Ability to learn in an environment/team in which all details are not defined and seek guidance and information as needed
  • Ability to be organized, maintain a calendar, and keep track of individual and shared projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to identify key points from policy documents or data sources and convey them concisely.
  • Must have basic competency using Microsoft Office and Google Docs applications for word processing, spreadsheet utilization and presentations (i.e., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive and Zoom) on desktop and mobile platforms.
  • Must possess basic competency using email and electronic calendar applications (e.g., MS Outlook, Gmail, or Google Calendar).
  • Must be enrolled at least part-time in a degree-seeking program at Dominican University
  • Must be eligible for US Employment

Expected salary:

Location: River Forest, IL

Job date: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 02:08:30 GMT

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