Work With Us


  • Executive Director
    The Executive Director of Illinois Humanities will lead and oversee all affairs related to the organization and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and objectives. The successful candidate must be a skilled leader, prepared to drive the organization in a time of growth, and comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment, leading the senior leadership team of Illinois Humanities and supporting staff. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and enables the Board to meet its governance, financial, and legal responsibilities and supports the Board’s oversight role. The Executive Director must be deeply committed to the goals of the organization and creatively support its mission.
  • Engagement Fellowship
    Illinois Humanities is looking for an emerging journalist with interest and experience in community engagement for the 2018-19 Engagement Fellowship with the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting in Champaign, IL. The fellow will spend 12 months working with the center to cultivate relationships with communities in the Champaign-Urbana area.
    This fellowship aims to create opportunities for the public to inform what topics the center should investigate; to expand the center’s audience and source base and deepen trust; and to increase the positive impact of the center’s work in local communities. The fellow will also come to Chicago for additional training and to meet other engagement journalists from across the country.


Illinois Humanities Council regularly recruits college and post-college interns to work directly with our staff to support our various programs and overall mission. Internships are designed to meet each intern’s specific skills and interests, while working closely with an Illinois Humanities staff member. By the end of the internship, it is our goal that interns will have been exposed to the various aspects of an organization steeped in the state’s arts and humanities world, while having completed a project they can claim as their own.

  • If you are interested in interning with us, please send us an email with your resume attached.


If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send us an email with your interests and skills.


There are a variety of ways to find out about Illinois Humanities and its programs: