Employment and Internships
Cunningham Township Supervisor's Office is a public office providing assistance to low-income residents of Urbana, helping our neighbors access income, housing, transportation, and food needs. With 11 staff, interns, and budget of $1.5 million, we served over 4,000 residents in 2020. Our diverse team is dedicated to advocating for and with our neighbors in need, guided by the principles of social justice, equity, cooperation, and love. Consider joining #TeamTownship and serving our neighbors in need!
We are not currently hiring.
Internship Program (Accepting applications)
Cunningham Township offers a structured internship program with the following purposes:
- To provide formal and informal field experience to students and members of the community interested in the fields of Social Work, Urbana Planning, Non-Profit Administration, and Public Policy.
- To provide a conduit for local residents to collaborate with the Township on projects that are aligned with their interests or passions.
- To support Cunningham Township with administrative, planning and direct service needs.
The logistics of the program as follows:
- All interested interns should submit a cover letter and resume to the Supervisor, Danielle Chynoweth at email@example.com.
- CTSO may follow up with a request to interview.
- Interns are assigned to one of these teams: Housing Advocacy, Employment Advocacy, Disability Advocacy, Food Justice/Solidarity Gardens, Administration, Policy, or Outreach and Event Organizing, or they may work on special projects.
- Interns offer 10-40 hours per week of service.
- Interns typically serve for 4 months, which may be renewed at the discretion of the Supervisor typically for interns working on a project in process.
- Interns receive a stipend as set by the Supervisor.
- Course credit may be arranged if requested.
All volunteers and interns are invited to participate in training opportunities, which are usually held Friday mornings. Examples of past include supporting domestic violence survivors, providing trauma-informed care, how to help participants with predatory landlords, using case management software, supporting disabled residents in accessing federal disability payments, navigating employment options with disabled residents.
"I walked into Cunningham Township as a volunteer passionate about serving my community but unaware about where to engage in these efforts and completely bewildered about my career path. I was welcomed in on critical community projects and immediately felt like a part of the team. The staff were knowledgeable mentors and teachers; they continuously inspired me by their dedication to providing wholistic care for our community members and encouraged me to find my tenacity and persistence in addressing the needs of my neighbors. As I climbed from volunteer, to intern, to a staff member, Cunningham Township instilled in me the value of dignity and respect for all and provided a foundation for my understanding of how social services should function in our modern world. As I embark on my new journey as a housing counselor in Detroit, I will be forever grateful that I found my purpose at Cunningham Township."