Congratulations to our 2020 Summer Nonprofit Leadership Interns who completed the program.

Family Health Partnership Clinic            Julia Tompkins
Home of the Sparrow                        Lexi Gray
Independence Health & Therapy          Maddie Naughton & Emily Osmanski
New Directions                              Emma Kubelka
NISRA           Ellie Thurow



During this eight-week program, interns will spend time working with their host organization on an action learning project, learn more about how nonprofits function and have the opportunity to tour other nonprofits in McHenry county as well as participate in a weekly leadership professional development program.  We look forward to welcoming them at intern orientation on May 29, 2020.

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.

Six interns will be selected for the Summer 2020 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 smaller host 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

Intern applications are no longer being accepted. 

Nonprofit Leadership Intern Program 2020 Calendar
Intern Application Deadline | Friday, February 7, 2020 -
Intern Interviews and Host Match | Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 28
Announcement of 2020 Interns | Friday, March 6
Intern Orientation | Friday, May 29
Internship Experience | Monday, June 1 thru Thursday, July 23 (Program does not meet on July 3)
Project Presentation Day | Friday, July 24

Apply Now
For more information contact:

Christine Johnson
Program Coordinator
815-403-5847 or 815-337-8750 |

2020 Program Hosts

Family Health Partnership Clinic
Mission: To improve the health status of the community and reduce the negative impact of poor access to care by providing a broad spectrum of services to the under served with compassion and respect.

Hearthstone Communities - Early Learning Center
Mission: We are committed to making every child's early educational experience a rewarding one through a strong commitment to Christian values, inter-generational activities, and an interactive early learning environment.

Home of the Sparrow
Mission:  To Provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Independence Health & Therapy
Mission: Family Alliance, Inc, and Adult & Child Therapy Services both have long histories of helping others achieve independence. They are now merging together as one organization to continue and expand that mission. As these two Woodstock organizations merge, they will form Independence Health & Therapy.

New Directions
Mission: Support the process of recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

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