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Summer Internship Available

1999 Summer Internship

Great Lakes Protection Fund

The Great Lakes Protection Fund is a non-profit, grant making corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. It is a permanent endowment that supports efforts that help create a healthy and viable Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund supports projects which foster collaboration between government, industry, academia, and environmental sectors. Recent awards have included projects which address water resource management, sustainable forestry, reduction of toxic pollution and the development of new energy products. Since its inception in 1989, the Fund has supported 155 projects committing over $26 million to improving the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The Fund is seeking to hire an intern for 10-12 weeks during the summer of 1999. Starting and ending dates are flexible. The position is paid, but no benefits are included.

A small organization of 5 employees, the Fund provides the intern with an opportunity to work with the entire staff and experience a variety of duties. To function smoothly, the Fund depends upon the dedication of staff, commitment to task completion, team work, and plenty of good humor. Staff is committed to providing the intern with a positive opportunity to learn more about grant making and the Great Lakes.

Position Description:

The intern provides support to the Fund's grant making program. Specific duties include:

• Assist in the evaluation of completed and ongoing projects;

• Evaluate and update the Fund’s project files and resource materials;

• Assist in the review of initial requests for grant assistance;

• Improve the Fund’s use of the internet to meet the needs of grant seekers, the Fund, and the Great Lakes community; and,

• Provide general administrative help, as needed.


• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;

• Computer experience, including the internet and Microsoft Office required;

• Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;

• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; and,

• Knowledge of Great Lakes environmental issues helpful.


To apply for this position, please send or email a current resume and cover letter to:

Chris Newell

Great Lakes Protection Fund

35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1880

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 201-0660



After May 21,1999, please call to confirm that the position is still available.