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2019 Summer Jobs Application

Welcome to the application for Mikva’s 2019 Summer Programs!

Please complete the form at the bottom of this page by Friday, April 26th

Why apply?

  • Meet civic leaders in local, state, and national politics
  • Meet other passionate, powerful students from across Chicago and work on issues they care about
  • Enhance their resume and college application
  • Get year round college application and financial support
  • Earn $$$ doing something interesting, worthwhile, and fun

Mikva Challenge works with young people in the city of Chicago to develop the next generation of civic leaders, policy-makers, activists and advocates.  Working as a paid intern with Mikva could include:

  • Developing your leadership and professional skills
  • Critically thinking about issues of importance
  • Conducting research and developing policy recommendations
  • Working on issues connected to health, after school programs, education, parks, or juvenile justice
  • Learning how city government works
  • Working in the offices of elected officials
  • Using social media to take action on community issues
  • Advising elected officials and decision makers on youth issues

Program Details

Program Dates:  Program begins on July 1st and ends on August 9th.  You will work for 16-20 hours per week, 3-4 days per week.  We will have an orientation the week of June 24th. 

*City Youth Councils begin the week of July 2nd and ends the week of August 6th*

Payment:  Interns will receive a stipend, lunch, and CTA fare to and from work.

You can apply if:  You live in Chicago and will be between the ages of 16-20 on June 25th, 2019.*  (You must be born on or before June 25th, 2003!).  You can be in high school, out of school, or in college in the City of Chicago. You can apply regardless of your immigration status.  If you don’t have a place of residence you can still apply.

*A limited number of slots are available for 15 year olds as well if they are able to obtain work permits before June 25th.

**If you live outside of Chicago, but in Cook County, we may have positions available. Please submit an application and we will be in touch.**

Note: At Mikva Challenge, we celebrate difference and are committed to providing equitable opportunities, addressing the effects of power and privilege.  Mikva Challenge is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other factor covered by federal, state, or local statutes
Anyone with questions or concerns about any necessary accommodations is encouraged to contact
Meghan at 312.863.6358 or


young people served in the Chicagoland area, California and Washington DC


of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


students from 117 schools nationwide presented speeches and/or worked on civic action projects


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

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