Community Development Intern, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Posted by on April 28, 2014

Community Development Intern – 2 Positions
12- Month Position – up to 15 hours/Week– Paid

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary, has a 32-year history of investing in community-based organizations focused on rebuilding urban neighborhoods and rural communities. LISC mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with (1) loans, grants, and equity investments; (2) local, statewide, and national policy support; and (3) technical and management assistance. LISC works throughout the nation to assist its various partners to build sustainable communities. LISC’s approach to building sustainable communities includes five core activities: developing, preserving and investing in housing and other real estate; increasing family income and wealth; stimulating local and regional economic activity; improving access to quality education; fostering livable, safe and healthy environments. For more information about LISC, visit and the local office,

Philadelphia LISC seeks two Community Development Interns to provide programmatic and administrative support for its Sustainable Communities Initiative in West Philadelphia and Eastern North Philadelphia. In addition, the interns will support our strategic priorities, which include the Financial Opportunity Center, Commercial Corridor Program, Community Safety Initiative, and AmeriCorps Program. The interns will make substantive contributions to assisting Philadelphia LISC to achieve its mission of helping neighbors build communities. The Intern will have the opportunity for a meaningful learning experience at one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. The position will report to the respective Program Officer (Eastern North or West Philadelphia). A twelve month work plan will be developed to identify key goals and outcomes that the position will be achieved over the course of the year.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide support in the implementation of comprehensive community plans and activities, including detailed work plans that are consistent with the overall strategy and supported by key stakeholders.
  • Provide support in the implementation of technical assistance to grantees and partners of our Commercial Corridor, Financial Opportunity Center, Community Safety, and AmeriCorps Programs.
  • Provide support to prepare, monitor, and track performance and outcomes of grant recipients. Input data to track program success and challenges.
  • Assist with program reporting.
  • Develop good, collaborative working relationships with staff, grantees and core partners.
  • Attend community meetings as needed. Evening work may be required.


  • Commitment to and/or experience with working lower-income communities and community-based, resident-driven model of neighborhood revitalization.
  • Team oriented with an aptitude to learn from others with an ability to also work independently.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Capacity to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and projects.
  • Flexibility in dealing with a diverse range of individuals and organizations.
  • Embodies the core values of Excellence, Cooperation, Commitment, Empathy, Creativity, Communication, Fun, and Honesty.
  • Undergraduate degree required. Graduate level education preferred. Background in urban studies, policy, community development or related fields a plus.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample by May 19, 2014 to Dana Hanchin, Deputy Director at


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