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Chicago Public Library Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

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The Chicago Public Library (C.P.L.) is offering both internships and volunteer opportunities to teenagers thirteen years of age and older this summer. Either would help a young person build his or her resume and help acclimate him or her to the world of work.

Teenagers ages thirteen and older looking for employment and internship for this upcoming summer take note that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle support the program One Summer Chicago, the CPL stated April 4, 2014. It brings together government and community-based institutions and organizations, including the C.P.L., to offer over 22,000 opportunities for teenagers.

At the C.P.L., there are 100 teen intern positions for two separate internships: Junior CyberNavigator Interns (made possible through an AfterSchool Matters) and Summer Learning Challenge Interns (made possible through Department of Family and Support Services). These internships are intended for teens who reside in the city, are ages sixteen and older with a 3.0 or higher G.P.A., and “are excited about promoting a love of the library and learning activities.”

One can learn more about and apply for the above two positions and more by checking out the One Summer Chicago Web site and submitting one’s online application today (the application period is open until May 16). The C.P.L. stated, “We encourage you to use public computers available at your neighborhood libraries to complete the application, which takes approximately twenty minutes.” Preference will be given to intern candidates who have experience volunteering or working at the library.

Apropos of this, the C.P.L. is also looking for teenage volunteers for the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge. As this is National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014), the C.P.L. announced it was looking for teenagers thirteen years old and older to volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge from Monday, June 9, 2014 to Saturday, August 2, 2014.
The C.P.L. stated, “We are looking for teens who love reading, books, animals and young children who can volunteer a minimum of two hours a week. Previous experience with the Summer Learning Challenge or summer reading programs is not required. Contact your neighborhood library for an application to help with this exciting program this summer.”

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