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Job Posting: Grants Intern

Notice of Job Posting: Grants Intern


About the position: Uptown People’s Law Center, a small nonprofit legal aid clinic, is hiring an intern to assist with grant writing and applications. The intern will work with the Development & Communications team to identify opportunities for funding and develop proposals accordingly. They will also assist with writing, editing, and applying for grants to support the ongoing work of UPLC. During their internship, they will develop skills in research, organization, communication, grantwriting, and teamwork that are helpful to future success in the business or nonprofit sector. As this position will be remote, it is important that applicants be proactive, have consistent access to the internet, check their email regularly, and communicate effectively.

This position is unpaid, but UPLC would be happy to work with the intern to help them obtain credit through their university.


  • Report to the Director of Development and Communications 
  • Help maintain the grant calendar of application and report deadlines
  • Research and review grant websites and eligibility requirements to identify potential sources of funding
  • Work collaboratively to research, write, and edit grant proposals
  • Draft letters of interest and respond to relevant Notice of Funding Opportunity postings
  • Assist in the preparation and monitoring of grant budgets
  • Communicate and collaborate with members of the legal team to complete grant reports


  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong writing and internet research skills
  • Ability to work well under deadlines
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • A team player who possesses strong communication skills
  • Creative, innovative, and adaptable; able to think outside the box
  • Proactive and comfortable asking questions
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive and comfortable working with databases

About UPLC
Uptown People’s Law Center is a nonprofit legal clinic located on the North Side of Chicago. Our work is focused on three areas: representing disabled people who have been denied Social Security disability benefits, representing tenants who are facing eviction, or other issues relating to their tenancy; and representing prisoners in civil rights lawsuits. UPLC currently has five class action cases pending against the Illinois Department of Corrections, each partnered with pro bono attorneys, as well as over a dozen individual civil rights cases relating to conditions in Illinois’ prisons.

UPLC offers an entrepreneurial environment with a small staff of kind people who are passionate about their work. Typical office hours are 9:30-5, Monday-Friday. The dress code is casual (except for certain events) and we are conveniently located a short walk from the Wilson Red Line stop, however, we are currently remote due to the pandemic.

To Apply
Email and include “Grants Intern” in the subject line. Your application should include a copy of your resume, as well as a cover letter describing your related experience and why you are a great candidate for this position. Rolling application deadline, qualified applicants will be contacted as their applications come in, so please apply ASAP. Please, no calls, visits, or social media contacts regarding this position.

People of color and/or LGBTQ folks and/or former prisoners are strongly encouraged to apply. UPLC is an Equal Opportunity employer. Staff members are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, in accordance with federal and state law.

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