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Micro Market Recovery Program Intern

Organization Description

Austin Coming Together is the backbone support organization for a broad network of private, public, and non-profit organizations that share a vision for a thriving Austin community. Our mission is to increase the collective impact of our member organizations on education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community of Chicago. ACT and our members have created a long-term strategy called ”Thrive 2025,” a blueprint for collective impact over the next 10 years. Thrive 2025 outlines 4 impact goals for our members to achieve—1) Increase access to quality early learning opportunities, 2) create pathways to living wage careers, 3) improve neighborhood safety, and 4) stabilize the housing market. Our work is driven by our core values of unity, commitment, transparency, collaboration, and action.

Micro Market Recovery Program Description:

The Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP) is a neighborhood stabilization initiative targeting small geographic areas that are experiencing higher-than-normal problems with foreclosures and vacant homes. Austin Coming Together is the MMRP Austin community partner and works with our members to re-occupy vacant residential buildings and help existing residents to remain in their homes.

Position Description:

The primary role of the MMRP Intern is to research vacant properties and share that information with the Quality-of-Life Plan Task Force members and other ACT members working to stabilize the housing market. More specifically the MMRP intern is responsible for:

  • Completing an inventory of all vacant properties in the Austin MMRP target area
  • Conducting research on all properties in the Austin MMRP that are listed on the MLS, on the Cook County Land Bank website, in housing court, and all other vacant properties
  • Creating and sharing weekly vacant building reports with ACT members and members of the Austin Quality-of-Life Plan Housing Task Force
  • Communicating MMRP home purchase incentives to local real estate brokers
  • Communicating homeowner resources to property owners in the MMRP


  • Current student or recent graduate with a background in Urban Planning, Architecture, Real Estate or related field
  • Extensive research capabilities and experience with data and database management
  • Strong communication skills, interpersonal skills, time management and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to use Adobe creative suite or other software to create user friendly reports
  • Experience working in Westside neighborhoods of Chicago; Austin neighborhood preferred
  • Passion for community development
  • Strong commitment to ACT’s mission, vision and values

Hours and Compensation:

This is a part-time temporary position. The intern will complete 300 hours of work at $16/hour over 12-15 weeks. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume and a writing or work sample to Shavion Scott, Director of Strategic Initiatives (