This program empowers students with the mentorship and opportunities to learn about nonprofit organization management, leadership, fundraising and global impact.

Each year about 25 students are selected to participate in our HOPE’S INternship Program. Students represent 3 various schools within the Chicagoland area and meet twice a month to carry out various projects to advance our mission. Their main project is organizing and implementing our fashion show fundraise, Hope’s in Style. This fundraiser brings together hundreds of guests, engages local businesses, and involves over 100 student volunteers each year. 



Volunteers recruited and managed by our INterns for our fashion show fundraisers.



Fundraised by INterns over the past 9 years.



Local Schools Represented.

“I started working with HOPE’S IN this year and I am truly glad I did. I read about HOPE’S IN and how they were empowering children in Guatemala City to live a better life. I signed up right away and was surrounded by people who truly care about this cause.”

– Saumya

“I want to be a person who brings joy into other people’s lives. I think that being part of this program will get me closer to being the person I want to become.”

– Isy

“HOPE’S IN has given me invaluable leadership and philanthropic experience while broadening my worldly perspective.”

– Laura

The HOPE’S INternship Young Adults Program


This is an internship program for young adults with disabilities. The goal of the program is to promote independence, develop professional skills, and be present in our local communities.


In 2021, HOPE’S IN launched the HOPE’S INterns Young Adults program through the generosity of a grant from the Barrington Area Community Foundation. In it’s pilot year, the program will have three interns. These interns range in ages between 22-23 years old. Our program is run by Lindsay Olesen-Huegelmann, a special educator from the Barrington area.