Mayor Lori Lightfoot - Chicago, IL

Office of Mayor Lori Lightfoot

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

  • Writing Sample


TIME ZONE: Central

Our office is able to host an IN-PERSON internship. 

WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

ABOUT US: On May 20, 2019, Lori E. Lightfoot became the 56th Mayor of the City of Chicago. Her campaign’s call for an ethical and responsive government and opportunities for all Chicagoans resonated in every ward of the city.

Mayor Lightfoot carries the watchwords of her campaign into office: Equity*Diversity & Inclusion*Transparency*Accountability*Transformation

Mayor Lightfoot came to City Hall following a career as a manager, advocate, and reform expert, with extensive experience working at the city and federal level to make government more accountable and accessible. Before taking office, she served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown LLP. While at Mayer Brown, Mayor Lightfoot took on two critical tasks for the City of Chicago, chairing the Police Accountability Task Force, and serving as president of the Chicago Police Board.

Mayor Lightfoot held other key positions in City government, as the Interim First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services and Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Prior to that, Mayor Lightfoot was Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois criminal division, managing large-scale investigations involving criminal drug conspiracies, political corruption and bankruptcy fraud.

Mayor Lightfoot is the youngest of four children born to Elijah and Ann Lightfoot in Massillon, Ohio. With the exception of a one-year clerkship on the Michigan Supreme Court in Detroit, Mayor Lightfoot has lived in Chicago since 1986. She and her spouse, Amy Eshleman, live on the near northwest side with their daughter, Vivian.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Interns serve the people of Chicago by supporting policy, legislative, data, communications, and public engagement initiatives within city government. By working hand-in-hand with senior staff in the Office of the Mayor and leaders from various departments and sister agencies throughout the city, the Director’s Interns will deliver recommendations and implement programs that improve the lives of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. Interns in the Mayor’s office have done things such as:

  • Develop new initiatives that keep Chicago green;
  • Research ways to keep Chicago affordable;
  • Work on workforce development initiatives targeting specific industries;
  • Outline best practices in public safety programs and youth engagement;
  • Research and compare housing-related policies in U.S. cities;
  • Create innovative solutions to traffic and infrastructure challenges;
  • Recommend ways to better integrate technology with City functions; Analyze information on regional issues and Great Lakes policies;
  • Create new programs that connect City residents with the great cultural resources of Chicago.


  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media Management & Marketing
  • Statistical & Data Analysis
  • Writing and Research Skills
  • Well read on current events, particularly Chicago news

REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: There is a class of graduate student fellows, a speaker series, and other events.


  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal laptop
  • Smart phone
  • Web Camera
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
Chicago, IL