Rachel joined Civic Consulting Alliance as a Civic Fellow in May 2013. She is currently supporting the implementation of the Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE), an education initiative that uses cloud technology to bring personalized learning to Pre-K-12, postsecondary, and adult learners.
Peter joined Civic Consulting Alliance as a Civic Fellow in 2012 as the first ever Joyce Foundation-Civic Consulting Fellow. As an MBA student at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, Peter will help the Joyce Foundation and CCA to:
Karen joined the Civic Consulting Alliance as a Civic Fellow in the fall of 2012. She is currently working with the State of Illinois on the Illinois Shared Learning Environment (ISLE), an education technology initiative that leverages cloud technology and open-market applications to bring personalized learning to Pre-K-12, postsecondary, and workforce learners statewide.
Jacob Rosch joined Civic Consulting as a Summer Civic Fellow in 2012 while completing his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Jacob worked as an analyst for Public Impact, where he advised nonprofit and government clients on a wide range of issues in K12 education policy. He also led a number of musical ensembles and performed in and around the Triangle area of North Carolina. Jacob earned a B.A. with honors in Sociology and Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Civic Fellows Program is a prestigious summer internship opportunity for Chicago-area graduate students to develop leadership skills, create a civic network, and have a lasting, positive impact on Chicago. Within the context of a structured learning environment, Civic Fellows gain first-hand leadership and networking experience through:
Completing high-impact projects for the City of Chicago, working side-by-side with Civic Consulting Alliance consultants and senior executives in Chicago government.
Developing an understanding of key consulting skills as well as public sector policies, operations, and challenges.
Regular interaction with high-level executives (e.g., Commercial Club, Civic Consulting Alliance Board of Directors, etc.)
Candidates should be registered in a graduate degree program in business, public policy, public affairs, not-for-profit management, or other related degree.
Applicants should possess:
Significant analytic, relationship management, research, and communication skills
Ability to work with a variety of teams in a complex political environment
Track record of success in large organizations and ability to get things done in multiple settings
Desire to serve the City of Chicago, its government agencies, and Cook County
At least two years of previous work experience
Civic Fellows commit a minimum of 11 weeks from June through August. Potential exists for project-based work throughout the school year in exchange for class credit. Compensation for the summer program is $5,000 plus school matching funds.
To Apply For consideration for a Fellowship for the summer, the application deadline is January 14. Please send the following to email@example.com:
Resume and cover letter
Three references (references will not be contacted without first talking to the candidate)
One page response to the following: If you had the opportunity to assist the City of Chicago on a critical issue, which issue would you choose and why? What do you think are the critical components to solving this problem?
Please note "Civic Fellowship for Graduate Students" in the email subject line
Thank you in advance for your interest in joining the Civic Fellows Program at Civic Consulting Alliance.
Cassandra Lems joins Civic Consulting for the spring of 2012. She has over 7 years of experience working for Allstate Insurance's information technology department. Designated as a Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute, Cassandra continues to pursue Project Management with passion and focus.
Cassandra has started PMO's at Baxter Health Care and at 3Com prior to her working at Allstate.
Connie Kresge joined Civic Consulting Alliance as a Civic Fellow during 2009 while completing her degree in Master of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Before business school, Connie worked at a hedge fund in Manhattan, briefly at a law firm, and as a teacher in New York, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Elizabeth Coston joined Civic Consulting as a Civic Fellow in the summer of 2012 while completing her MBA at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Elizabeth worked as an equity research analyst for Hightower Advisors, an independent financial services company. She has also worked for UBS Investment Bank in the Private Wealth Management and Mergers & Acquisitions divisions. Elizabeth graduated with honors from Harvard College with a B.A. in Economics.