Connecting Interns with DCNP Members

This program offers a proven process to connect undergraduate interns from Northern Illinois University with DCNP-member organizations. Students build their resumes and DCNP members benefit from the interns’ 120 hours of service during the semester. Plus, each participating organization also receives a $575 grant to pay the intern a stipend – generously provided by the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation.

The Internship Program is a collaboration between the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies, and Career Services at Northern Illinois University, supported by the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation.

Through this partnership, we can develop a local leadership pipeline while building the capacity of participating DCNP-member organizations!

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Program Process

  1. DCNP-members can apply to participate in the Internship Program each fall and spring. We send the application to all current DCNP members in our e-newsletter.
  2. Participants are selected to match the number of recruited students.

  3. Orientation training familiarizes intern supervisors with the program, requirements, and expectations.
  4. Intern resumes and cover letters are provided to the supervisors.
  5. Supervisors rank the interns in preferential order. Interns also rank the organizations by preference.
  6. Interview groups are formed based on rankings from both supervisors and students.
  7. Interviews occur.
  8. Supervisors and students rank each other again after the interviews.
  9. Final placements are determined based on rankings plus factors such as schedules and availability.
  10. Internships begin and stipend checks are issued to organizations to pass on to the interns.


To date, participants have completed more than 29,280 internship service hours. Multiplying this by the value of volunteer time per hour in Illinois ($33.76) results in an economic impact of $988,493.

Some students are hired by the organizations they intern with and participants share their gratitude for this opportunity. For example:

“I was able to utilize the skills I had learned throughout my coursework leading up to the internship. It felt like I was finally in the driver’s seat, taking control of the skills I had learned and implementing them.”

“I see this internship as a selling point for when I start my future career. This experience will set me apart from other applicants who have not had the same opportunity.”

“I am so grateful to be part of this opportunity. Thank you for providing such a life-changing experience to students.”

“I can honestly say, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my experiences as a DCNP intern.”

“This Internship Program was the highlight of my college career and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities it provided me.”

Internship supervisors also share their feedback:

“The quality of our intern was outstanding and she was able to provide new and fresh ideas for our social media campaign.”

“The program is well-planned and expectations were clearly defined.

“Our intern was a valuable and important part of our team. I believe she’ll be an asset to any organization that she works for in the future.”

Questions about the Internship Program? Please contact us.