Global Voices Metcalf Internships
2023-2024 — Global Voices Metcalf Internship Program
International House is pleased to participate in the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program which provides more than 4,000+ paid, substantive internships during the summer and academic year exclusively to UChicago students. The Jeff Metcalf Fellows program honors Harold “Jeff” Metcalf, AM’53, Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business from 1956-1975 and Director of Athletics for the University of Chicago from 1976-1981. Jeff Metcalf was also a long-time member of the International House Board of Governors serving on the Development Committee. The program has been made possible by alumni, parents, and friends all over the world, and it has remained true to Jeff’s vision of strengthening the University’s global community.
The mission of International House of Chicago is to promote cross-cultural understanding, mutual respect, and friendship among students and scholars and toward individuals of all nations and backgrounds. In addition, International House serves the greater Chicago community as a cultural and intellectual center for a wide array of public programs. Over 100 internationally-focused public programs are held each year at International House through the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series. These include music and cultural performances, outreach programs with Chicago-area international organizations, collaborations with foreign consulates, language exchanges and discussions, and forums and debates led by distinguished guest speakers.
All Global Voices-Metcalf Interns are students within the College
Global Voices-Metcalf Interns provide public programming support to the International House Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series. The Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series presents and co-sponsors events that advance cross-cultural understanding and opportunities for civic discourse on community, national, and world affairs. Interns assist with event planning, scheduling, logistics, coordination, communications, marketing, community outreach, and public relations. Although applications are now closed, they re-open in Spring 2024 for next year’s interns.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
40% Event Creation and Coordination – Support event ideation, setup, management, and follow-up of Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series programs, as well as private events held at International House. Assist with operational procedures and ensure adherence of the University of Chicago and International House policies. Special attention to venue set-ups, catering, audio-visual services, client/guest relations, hospitality, branding & messaging, safety, and event strike.
40% Communications & Marketing – Assist with and maintain official messaging and brand identity in promoting International House Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series. Research and gather information to help interview guest speakers, write and prepare press releases, newsletters, program announcements, and event calendars. Utilize Canva, Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Appspace, and Final Cut Pro software for graphic design of posters, flyers, media board announcements, calendars, newsletters, and editing of videos, as well as Amadeus Hospitality Diagramming for the design of event venue diagrams. Design and upload approved content and multi-media to the International House website utilizing Voices. Help manage International House social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube as related to events, programs, guest speakers, and artists. Distribute and post Global Voices posters and flyers throughout campus and the community. Update International House bulletin boards and cultural display cases. Video-record, photograph, and live-stream select Global Voices programs with professional camera equipment.
20% Public Outreach/ Media Relations – Help establish reliable networks with diverse constituency groups and regularly scheduled communication with news offices and external media outlets within the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago. Support and foster student and community engagement with master artists, scholars, and leading figures from the world stage through Global Voices programs and events. Help cultivate and recruit collaborative partnerships with University departments, area studies centers, recognized student groups, and non-profit organizations. Help manage I-House public events listservs.