University of Illinois Advancement Internship Program 2024

Jan 23, 2024 09:49 AM

The University of Illinois Advancement Internship is an exciting opportunity for talented undergraduate and graduate students to explore careers in the impactful and fulfilling field of higher education advancement. In partnership with the Council for Support and Advancement of Education (CASE), this eight-week paid summer internship seeks to increase and diversify the number of professionals in educational advancement and provides on-the-job training in the four primary professional areas of advancement—alumni relations, communications & marketing, philanthropy, and advancement services. Although the experience will be primarily focused on the advancement program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, exposure throughout the UI System will be included. 

These internships are made possible by the generous foresight and vision of late University of Illinois alumnus and UI Foundation Board Director Robert P. Reuss ’39 and University of Illinois alumnus Andrew Hibel ’86 and Elizabeth Hibel, both of whom are industry practitioners, experts and philanthropists focused on giving back to the profession.


Interns will be expected to work on-site in Urbana-Champaign beginning on June 3, and concluding on July 26. This program is full time, 8:30am—5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Each intern will spend approximately 7.5 hours per week on CASE related e-learning and curriculum and 30 hours per week on UIF based content and project work. Interns will also travel to a three-day CASE Advancement Internship Conference in Washington, DC (June 23-25). Each intern will provide a final report and presentation on their experience that will be made available to the University of Illinois advancement community. 


Please apply online by Monday, March 18, 2024, at

Your submission must include your resume and a personal statement describing your interest in educational advancement. Application review will begin immediately, so early submissions are encouraged. Finalists will be asked to provide contact information for two references.


Week 1: Advancement Overview and Onboarding  

Week 2: Major Gift Fundraising

Week 3: Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Week 4: CASE Internship Conference in Washington, D.C.

Week 5: Donor Relations and Stewardship

Week 6: Campaigns, Communications & Planned Giving

Week 7: Advancement Operations, Services, and Innovation

Week 8: Project Wrap Up, Sharing and Celebration

** Program schedule may be subject to change


  • Each intern is assigned two advancement focused projects for the eight-week period. Each project has a “sponsor” who has agreed to guiding the intern through the experience, serving as a mentor. These projects are designed to be completed within the limited time frame, have a specific deliverable and to provide the interns with hands-on experiences that allow exposure to various areas of advancement.
  • Weekly webinars and follow up work with CASE staff and faculty.
  • Weekly internal sessions with subject matter experts from across the UI System development program and internal partners that correspond with CASE topics and assignments.
  • One-on-one sessions with UI advancement leadership.
  • Weekly sessions with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign People and Culture staff to focus on career pathing, resume writing, interview skill development and career coaching.
  • Interns will receive $20/hour.


For any questions or further details, please reach out to Beth Popp, Director of Learning & Development, UI Foundation

(217) 300-2076 |



Established in 1935, the University of Illinois Foundation is an independent not-for-profit corporation responsible for raising and administering private gifts that advance the University of Illinois, a world-class public research university system, and its excellence in teaching, research, public service, and economic development.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.