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Friday, December 19, 2014

Paid Spring Semester Practicum Opportunity

Active Transportation Alliance Event Internship 

Put some real experience on your resume!  The Chicago region’s premier transportation advocacy non-profit, Active Transportation Alliance, is seeking part-time event intern assistance from students (non-students will also be considered) interested in a career in event/sports management, event marketing and production and volunteer management.

The Active Trans event team produces the MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive, one of the largest bicycling events in the country, Four Star Bike Tour and the Bike Commuter Challenge. Interns gain valuable practical experience in event production by working on these events. The ideal candidate will assist with all aspects of pre-production and event management, including permitting, vendor and sponsor management, volunteer coordination, route mapping and day-of-event logistics.

Event Logistics
Secure and manage select vendors
Assist with layout of rest stops and festival area
Assist with inventory & ordering of event supplies
Assist with permitting process
Assist with route creation and mapping
Event Support     
Assist with volunteer recruitment and coordination
Serve as event director assistant day-of-event
Attend committee planning meetings and volunteer trainings
Event Registration
Assist with the registration process, mailings and packet pick-up
Prep materials for packet mailings
Administrative tasks such as copying, sorting, envelope stuffing, etc.
Answer participant e-mails/resolve issues
Write web and email copy, blog posts, social media posts, print layout, etc.
Coordinate distribution of brochures and posters
Assist with sponsorship execution

The Active Transportation Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around.

Qualified candidates should have an interest in event management, volunteer management, marketing, and/or general nonprofit work. Interest in bicycling, mass transit and pedestrian issues is a plus. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required, knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing, communications, time-management and organizational skills with an interest in working as a strong contributor to a fast-paced team. The position may also require physical ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

This internship is for the spring semester (February – mid June) with a possible extension through the summer and is onsite at our office in downtown Chicago. To fully experience the benefits of the internship, the candidate must be available and onsite for the Bike the Drive weekend, Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Additional time commitment three weeks prior and the weekend of the event is expected.

Class credit and a stipend are available to the qualified intern who can commit to 10-20 hours per week for the semester-long internship.

Submit resume and cover letter to Rachel Gunderson, rachel@activetrans.org, by Thursday, January 15. Please put “Event Internship” in the subject line. No faxes, phone calls, or visits, please.

Candidates are encouraged to learn more about the Active Transportation Alliance and MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive @ www.activetrans.org and www.bikethedrive.org.

The Cost of Health Crisis: Measuring the Economic and Human Toll of Pandemics

The Illinois Humanities Council is hosting an important conversation with the Chicago Public Library: The Cost of Health Crisis: Measuring the Economic and Human Toll of Pandemics, taking place Wednesday, January 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library. 

Wednesday, January 14, 6-8pm
Harold Washington Library (400 S. State Street) 

Free, register here: http://bit.ly/1AxggJx   

Presented by the Illinois Humanities Council and Chicago Public Library

Panelists include
Dr. Robert A. Weinstein, Professor of Medicine, Former Chairman of Medicine, Cook County Health and Hospitals System; Dr. Catherine Belling, Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; Dr. Rena Conti, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago; Dr. Bruce Lambert, Professor; Director, Center for Communication and Health, Northwestern University and moderated by Odette Yousef, Reporter, WBEZ. 

With Ebola as one frame of reference, and ethics and economics as others, the Illinois Humanities Council and Chicago Public Library will have a robust public dialogue on what public health threats cost hospitals, business, government, individuals and society. How much does it cost to keep citizens safe and who pays for it all?

A panel of top economic, medical and humanities experts will use business models and the humanities to spark a conversation exploring the economics and ethics of potential pandemics. Is health safety a human, business or civic responsibility of the government to assure we are protected at all costs? What do we learn from pandemics, threats? What is the role of fear in costs?