Work for us, volunteer or apply for a formal case management or program internship.

If you’re looking for a career with us, click here to see our available job opportunities. To volunteer with Storycatchers, first determine how much time you can commit. Scroll down to see how you can help put our youth on a path to success. 

Number of hours you can commit:

A little time. A lot of appreciation.

See a show and support our youth in their personal journey. Many of our productions take place in juvenile justice facilities, providing a backdrop that makes the stories more powerful. More poignant. More unforgettable. Many of our young people have never been on stage before and are excited to share their stories. They’re crafted with nuance, action, hope and heart-wrenching circumstance. These are stories that deserve to be heard.

Volunteer to take pictures or video at an event or performance. We are always looking for someone who can handle a camera and help us showcase our young peoples’ drive and determination. 

Number of hours you can commit:

Spend a day or evening with Storycatchers.

Join our production team to setup scenery, lights, props, costumes. Stage skills are appreciated, but not always needed. Sometimes, we just need a little more elbow grease. It’s not glamorous, but it’s critical to sharing our young people’s stories.

Volunteer at an event and enjoy the company of our staff and youth while building awareness for our mission, raising funds or making connections in a local community. 

Hang out with our Admin team to help with with a variety of office tasks. It’s the small things that add up to big impact. Help improve our workspace by scanning old scripts into PDF, inputing critical data into Excel, even do online research on juvenile justice topics. 

Number of hours you can commit:

Now we’re getting serious…

Help plan an community or fundraising event. Spend 4-5 hours per week for five weeks being an integral part of the team who puts on exciting, meaningful experiences throughout the year. It’s a good way to see what we do from the inside and perhaps dig deeper into the issues with which our young people struggle.

Take on a marketing, community engagement or development project. We need skilled volunteers who can proactively lead tiny-but-mighty initiatives. Create gift baskets for donors, plan holiday parties, organize our archival documents, reach out to businesses for donations, create a video project, optimize our Google Analytics, lead a management training. 

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Internships in Case Management, Programs or Administration

About Program / Admin Internships

Internships are no longer available for 2020.

Storycatchers has a formal unpaid internship program for people who are interested in learning more about an arts-development curriculum for court-involved youth. Admin/Program interns are led by an experienced mentor and supervisor throughout.

Program availability varies and is often dependent on facility approval and capability of staff to take on an intern. Since most program sessions are 12-15 hours per week, all interns are required to spend at least 50% of their time working with the administration team on program-related projects, attending meetings and generally providing support to staff as needed. People who work within a program may be required to pass background checks and a drug test to be allowed into the juvenile facilities.

A Qualified Candidate is a Person Who…

  • Has completed at least 3 years of college in a related major (psychology, social work, creative writing, applied theatre, etc.)
  • Has experience working with underserved youth or in disinvested neighborhoods
  • Understands the deep-seated issues that create barriers for youths’ success
  • Expects to make a career serving as an advocate for black and brown populations

General Required Availability.

  • Can commit to a minimum of 3 months – Start and finish dates of commitment can be flexible depending on the intern’s availability
  • 30 hours per week average
  • Able to work at the admin office at 544 W Oak St. #1005, Chicago, IL 60610

To Apply


To learn more about program/admin internships, contact John Armstrong.

About our MSW Field Placement Program:

Storycatchers has a formal field placement program designed for Master’s level social work students at Chicagoland colleges who are interested in working with justice-involved young adults.

Field Placement Interns will work at least 20 hours / week in our Changing Voices program. Length of internships are determined by the needs of the student but are generally six months. All interns are managed by an experienced LCSW and will be required to spend significant time each day working directly with justice-involved youth aged 17-24.

Field Placement Program interns will develop a case load as well as create weekly case management workshops as part of the Changing Voices program curriculum.

A Qualified Candidate is a Person Who…

  • Is enrolled in an accredited Master’s of Social Work program
  • Has a developed concept of social justice, framework on inequity, and understands how current systems oppress marginalized groups of people
  • Understands how to practice strategies of engagement with youth
  • Is self-driven and adaptable
  • Be able to collaborate with others and be a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Understand the basic framework of a nonprofit

General Required Availability

  • 6-month minimum engagement – Start and finish dates can be flexible depending on the intern’s availability
  • At least 20 hours per week

Deadlines for Application

Summer Start Date

  • All application materials must be submitted by email by November 1st
  • Hiring decisions will be made by March 1st

Fall Start Date

  • All application materials must be submitted by email by April 1st 
  • Hiring decisions will be made by April 30th

To Apply:

Send all materials and/or questions to our Changing Voices LCSW, Daniel Stribling.


Interested in getting involved and supporting our youth? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Libby Conkle.

Email Libby

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