Civic and Community Initiatives Student Internship - Fall, 2017

TITLE OF POSITION: Student Internship - Fall - Unpaid
DEPARTMENT: Civic and Community Initiatives
INTERNSHIP TYPE: Unpaid - Academic Credit Required
CONTACT: Madison Rich,

The Civic and Community Initiatives division of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is seeking student interns to assist in its community relations projects during the fall of 2017. This internship includes both independent work and opportunities for collaborative projects and high visibility interactions with business and community leaders. Our interns are an integral part of the KC Chamber, and we value candidates who are driven to succeed and interested in community leadership.
  • Internship duties will vary but may include the following:
  • Event preparation and attendance, including interaction with business and civic leaders
  • Special projects that would be excellent for a resume and portfolio
  • Interactions with small businesses, large corporations, and policy makers at all levels
  • Community research for reporting
  • Database management
  • Website content monitoring and preparation
  • Social Media
The Chamber would like interns to work from August to December. Hours and daily schedules are flexible and range from 3 to 5 days per week. No fewer than 20 hours per week.
Candidates must be self-directed, good communicators, and able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines. Students must be organized and proficient at Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  All majors and degree programs are eligible.  Journalism, business, liberal arts, and health science majors are especially encouraged to apply.  This is a great opportunity for students to see how the business community operates, engage in community advocacy, and observe interactions and decision-making among community and business leaders on key civic and community issues.  Students without a clear vision for what they want to do upon graduation will especially benefit from this opportunity because of the exposure to such a wide variety of work.
During this internship, students will be given the opportunity to work with a variety of KC Chamber programs, including:
The Centurions Leadership Program of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spends two years exploring the opportunities and issues of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The program’s mission is to prepare a representative cross-section of the community's emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of greater Kansas City.
genKC aims to attract and retain young professionals in the Kansas City region by providing them with opportunities to enhance their personal and professional skill set through a variety of networking, community involvement and professional development opportunities.
Healthy KC
Healthy KC is a partnership of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), and a number of regional health and wellness leaders. It is an effort to advocate for real solutions that help shape individual, organizational, and environmental health change through a collaborative, community-wide partnership. It aims to create a culture of health and wellness in Greater Kansas City.
Resilient KC
Adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, can lead to poor health outcomes in adulthood. By acknowledging the impact that stress and trauma has on our health, we can develop skills to cope with bad experiences and develop strategies to prevent them. Resilient KC is a community-wide effort to build a trauma aware and resilient community. It’s a partnership between the KC Chamber’s Healthy KC initiative and Trauma Matters KC.
The Big 5
The KC Chamber’s Big 5 initiative is its broadest and largest civic engagement project. It aims to make Greater Kansas City the best place to live, work, start a business and grow a business through a group of projects that focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, urban redevelopment, life sciences, transportation, and early learning.
The Chamber is the Kansas City region’s largest business advocacy organization, which serves a 13-county area with an MSA of over 2 million. Its membership base consists of over 2000 member companies on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas state line. Primary areas of work fall under: Connecting businesses with opportunities for growth, public policy initiatives and advocacy that impact the business community; providing resources for small and diverse businesses; and working with other organizations to improve the business the business climate for Greater Kansas City.