The application process for the Summer 2021 LGMC Nonprofit Leadership Intern Program is closed


The LGMC Nonprofit Leadership Intern Program has been established to address the growing need for leadership development and succession planning within the nonprofit sector. This LGMC program provides an immersive internship experience that includes hands-on project work and professional development training. The program provides a unique opportunity to students studying in a variety of college majors.

Six interns will be selected for the Summer 2021 program through a competitive application and interview process. Interns will be matched with participating McHenry County, IL nonprofit organizations based on interests, skills, and the host’s specific needs. During the eight-week paid internship, students will gain first-hand knowledge of the McHenry County nonprofit community, its leadership, and organizations. Interns will benefit from working closely with senior leaders and will have an opportunity to build their own leadership skills, understand basic board roles and responsibilities, and increase their nonprofit financial acumen.

Internship Experience

Interns will spend three and one-half days each week with their full-time host organization, and one-half day per week with one of several other nonprofit organizations. The assignment of these additional nonprofit experiences will broaden the understanding of the full spectrum of nonprofit work within McHenry County.

Each Friday interns will gather as a cohort to engage in professional development training to explore various aspects of effective nonprofit leadership. An action learning project is incorporated to provide an opportunity for immediate integration of new learning.

Intern Eligibility

Intern Eligibility

Applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • Sophomore, junior, or senior enrolled full-time at a community college, college, or university
  • Interest in the nonprofit sector
  • Strong academic record (preferably a cumulative 3.0 or above GPA)
  • Proficient English verbal and written communication skills
  • Either attended a McHenry County high school or currently resides in McHenry County


Nonprofit Leadership Intern Program 2021 Calendar
Intern Application Deadline | Friday, January, 29, 2021
Intern Interviews and Host Match | Monday, February 8 – Friday, March 5, 2021
Announcement of 2021 Interns | Friday, March 19
Intern Orientation | Thursday, May 27
Internship Experience | June 1 thru July 29
Project Presentation Day | Friday, July 30

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For more information contact:

Christine Johnson
Program Coordinator
815-403-5847 or 815-337-8750 |

2021 Program Hosts

Family Health Partnership Clinic
Mission: To improve the health status of the community and reduce the negative impact of poor access to care by providing a broad spectrum of services to the under served with compassion and respect.

Home of the Sparrow
Mission:  To Provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Leadership Greater McHenry County
Mission: To connect, educate and inspire leaders to engage in our community.

New Directions Addiction Recovery Services
Mission: Support the process of recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

Senior Care Volunteer Network
Mission: To help seniors maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life by remaining in their own homes or the home of a loved one for as long as possible.

United Way of Greater McHenry County
Mission: We unite people and resources to build a stronger McHenry County