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about the NKFI
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is committed to improving the health and well being of people touched by kidney disease. As a community-focused healthcare organization, we are dedicated to connecting patients, families and communities to information, resources, and help. Our strategies take many forms; our work encompass efforts in fundraising, advocacy, research, public education, patient services, professional development, and community healthcare.
We cultivate a dynamic and diverse work environment, one that plays a critical role in furthering our mission of prevention, education and empowerment. We recruit insightful, motivated employees, whose backgrounds and skills stem from across the professional spectrum.
If you share our deep-seeded desire to advance the cause of public health, and are passionate about helping families and communities affected by kidney disease, we urge you to explore the opportunities below.
Community Outreach Coordinator. The Community Outreach Coordinator is an integral member of the NKFI Team. Under the guidance of the Director of Outreach and Government Relations, the Community Outreach Coordinator will support the Foundation’s outreach and advocacy initiatives by assisting the team in establishing, maintaining, and building partnerships with key community organizations within the State of Illinois, including outreach to educational, religious, civic, and social organizations to raise awareness about the Foundation and Kidney Disease.
Coordinator for Administration and Board Engagement. The Coordinator for Administration and Board Engagement will work as a liaison between the board members and NKFI staff, helping foster connections between staff and board members to engage them with the NKFI mission according to their areas of expertise. This staff member will also support the Foundation in an Administrative/Operations capacity.
Manager of Administration and Board Engagement. The Manager of Administration and Board Engagement coordinates and administers activities related to the operations of the Foundation. The position provides administrative support to the NKFI Board of Directors and the CEO. Working at the direction of the CEO, this team member will help to foster connections and engage board members with the NKFI’s mission according to their areas of expertise.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator. The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for writing and developing a variety of print, email, and digital content that promote the mission of NKFI to its supporters, partners, and the wider community. Superior writing and editing skills and the abilities to work collaboratively across the agency and to proactively seek out compelling stories to share are necessary.
Nurse Health Educator. As part of the KidneyMobile team, the Nurse Educator will develop health education programs, determine educational needs, and be able to meet with patients and explain the wellness resources that are available to them. The Nurse Educator will conduct research and develop presentations to address the needs of the community and will also teach patients about lifestyle changes that can help them meet health goals and make wellness an important part of their daily life..
KidneyMobile Driver. The KidneyMobile Driver is responsible for ensuring all inventory and equipment for screenings are organized aboard the KM. The KidneyMobile Driver must be available to drive the KM to and from KidneyMobile screening sites. The Driver is responsible for unloading and loading all supplies to and from the KM and will assist NKFI staff with any supply needs throughout the screening. The Driver will otherwise work inside the screening site, assisting other NKFI staff members with non-medical portions of the screening.
Special Events Coordinator. The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for reaching fundraising goals through special events, managing event committees and boards, and executing special event logistics. In conjunction with the Special Events Manager, this position manages the production of the Middle Market Open Golf Tournament, the MMO NextGen Golf Tournament, and the Gift of Life Gala. The goal of these events is to raise funds to support the programs and initiatives of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois as well as expand the awareness of and involvement in the organization and its mission. The Special Events Coordinator reports to the Special Events Manager.
Please Note: The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants and staff members in every phase of employment without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital or parental status, age, national origin, ancestry, qualified disability (except where the individual cannot perform the essential job functions despite reasonable accommodation), sexual orientation, military discharge, source of income, housing status or other legally protected statuses.
building a better future
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' internship program gives students, recent graduates, and early-career professionals the opportunity to experience the inner-workings of an established, non-profit healthcare organization. Each of our internship positions offers candidates a unique, hands-on experience coupled with mentorship and professional development.
Our interns enjoy stimulating and substantive work experiences; are entrusted with meaningful responsibilities; and are given the chance to learn about individual giving, corporate sponsorship, foundation and government grant proposals, event planning, donor database management, prospect research, donor solicitations, and digital marketing.
Special Events Intern. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is seeking a person to assist with its special events and fundraising projects. This position will assist the Fundraising department in the production of events, coordination of volunteers, and execution of logistics. This position will primarily work on the foundation’s annual Gift of Life Gala, but may also assist with Walk for Kidneys, Young Professionals group, or other special events as needed.
Marketing & Communications Intern. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is seeking an intern to assist with its marketing, communications and graphic design efforts. This position will assist the Communications Coordinator in the creation and production of materials, promotion of events and programs, and execution of all marketing and communications logistics.
general program information and requirements
Internships are available each summer and at various times throughout the year.
Interns may work within the following departments: community health education; fundraising and special events; marketing and communications.
Candidates should have excellent computer and writing skills, be highly organized and able to multi–task, and have the desire to be part of a fast-paced and successful team.
All internships are unpaid. When applicable, the NKFI will work with schools to provide course credit.
Interns must be at least 18 years old.
Interns must currently be a student, a recent college graduate, or have equivalent professional experience.
Interns must be able to commit to a three-month program.
Interns must reside in Chicago over the course of their assignment (or they must be able to relocate here or be able to manage a daily commute).
Interns must have a strong desire to work in one of the departments offered for the internship and express this interest in their application.
Applicants must carefully read through the application instructions and complete a thoughtful submission.