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 2023 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 2023 Calendar
Intern Application Deadline | Friday, January 27, 2023
Intern Interviews and Host Match | Wednesday, February 1 – Wednesday, March 15
Announcement of 2023 Interns | Friday, March 17
Intern Orientation | Thursday, May 25
Internship Experience | Tuesday, May 30 thru Friday, July 21
Project Presentation Day | Friday, July 21

For more information contact:

Catherine Jones
Program Coordinator
815-451-4892 or 815-337-8750 |

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2023 Program Hosts: Click on organization's name to be directed to their website

Big Brothers Big Sisters McHenry County
Mission: To create and support one-to-one mentoring relations that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Independence Health and Therapy
Mission:  Promoting independence and improving lives through care, education and advocacy.

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
Mission: To enrich mind, body and spirit through powerful connections with horses, animals and nature.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) McHenry County
Mission: To provide support, education, and advocacy in order to improve the quality of life and wellness of individuals with mental health conditions and their families at no cost.

NISRA (Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association)
Mission: Enriching the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful recreation experiences.

Options & Advocacy for McHenry County
Mission:  Empowering individuals and their families through advocacy and education while creating a more inclusive community!