Summer 2020 Cohort

The Humanity First for Illinois Internship Program launched Monday, June 1, with 5 interns joining the organization for 10 weeks to support our Policy and Public Relations Teams. Our Summer 2020 Cohort comes to Humanity First for Illinois from:

  • DePaul University,

  • Eastern Illinois University,

  • Loyola University Chicago,

  • Northwestern University, and

  • the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As part of our Summer 2020 Internship Program, Humanity First for Illinois was proud to partner with Kaleidescope to host an intern from Find Your Future, a 10-week paid internship and vocational program for current and former foster youth who are attending college.

The Humanity First for Illinois Team was excited to be able to support each member of the Summer 2020 Cohort throughout their term. Regular professional development activities were planned that were both manager-led and self-identified. In accordance with our Guiding Principles, the Humanity First for Illinois Internship Program celebrates each of our interns and empowers them to seek out information and knoweldge to prepare them for careers in their respective fields.

Our stakeholders remain at the forefront of what we do at Humanity First for Illinois, including for our Summer 2020 Cohort. Each week, every member of the cohort was required to reflect on how their activities that particular week impacted their community. At the conclusion of their term, each member of the cohort submitted a reflection report about the impact their work had on communities in Illinois and how they can pay it Four Points Forward in their own lives.

The Summer 2020 Internship Program ran from June 1, 2020 through August 7, 2020.

Any and all questions about the Summer 2020 term or the Humanity First for Illinois Internship Program itself can be directed to

Amy Chen
Policy - Climate

Amy Chen is a recent graduate of  the University of Illinois as Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s in Atmospheric Sciences and holds a Certificate in Weather Hazards and Preparedness from the College of DuPage. Amy has extensive weather research and field project experience and has held several leadership positions throughout her studies including being twice selected as a summer undergraduate research intern at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and selected as a co-chair for a professional, scientific student conference. Amy has participated in numerous science policy and communication workshops and webinars. She is passionate about evidence-based science policy making, especially in the context of climate change as it relates to national security impacts on water, energy, and food.