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  1. "Development Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
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    I worked at American Bar Foundation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentorship for college student interested in nonprofit fundraising and development. I gained experience across a wide range of areas needed in development, and had a chance to meet top scholars in different areas of legal research.

    Cons

    Like many internships in the nonprofit sector, the internship was unpaid, so you will need to seek outside funding. It was worth it though!

    Advice to Management

    Keep spending time with your interns, they really appreciate the one on one advice and information. It's so helpful just to see what the day to day is like


  2. "Best place I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Bar Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The organization does excellent work and management provides great opportunities for creativity and advancement.

    Cons

    I have had many jobs and have been in the work force for many years and cannot honestly find one single negative thing to say about the ABF.

  3. "A great start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The environment is very flexible and laid back. The people here are great to work with. The location along Lake Michigan is also ideal.

    Cons

    I am an unpaid. The type of work I do can get repetitive after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into interns. I have been able to make a lot of significant contributions and interns in general can help a lot especially because the team is small.


  4. "Missing link between ABF mission and its performance"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at American Bar Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best views of Lake Michigan from its offices in the Northwestern Law School building

    Cons

    Surprising lack of knowledge about what the law actually says.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your professionals to actually read the law. There is an entire law library in your building.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with nationally-renowned researchers and lawyers in a small business/non-profit atmosphere is invaluable. I learned so much in my time at the American Bar Foundation, thanks to great mentorship from management. Working at Northwestern University's Law School environment is energizing. The ABF has professional staff and faculty and a pleasant office culture.

    Cons

    One challenge to working here is that many researchers hold joint-appointments at Universities, making face-time with researchers less available than time with other full-time staff members. However, upper management does a good job acknowledging this and putting systems in place to incentivize researchers for working at the ABF as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You run the premiere organization dedicated to advancing justice through research of the law and how it affects society. It was my pleasure to work here.


  6. "A good place to start, but dont stay too long"

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    Former Contractor - Research in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Research in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Bar Foundation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good hours, employer 401k matching, off on all federal holidays, very nice people overall, sense of camaraderie

    Cons

    not enough structure or vision with what they wish to accomplish. no long run or short run goals.


  7. "The Law Firm to work"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Bar Foundation as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment of diligent workers and professionalism.

    Cons

    The non profit sector can be slow at times.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    A prestigious research institution with a welcoming and respectful attitude towards all employees.

    Cons

    If you don't take advantage of opportunities, you may feel like you're operating in a silo.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for cross-disciplinary discussions/workshops/lectures.