Student Internships

Early Learning Intern
Department: Early Learning
Supervisor: Director of Early Learning Initiatives/Child Development Specialist

Possible Majors: Education, Museum Studies, Learning Sciences, Curriculum & Instruction

Requirements:

  • Passionate approach to the educational needs of young children
  • Commitment to child-centered, multi-sensory, open-ended experiences
  • Understanding of research design, implementation and analysis
  • Regular attendance and active program participation

Description of Tasks:

  • Develop relationships and recruit partners with child development and early childhood expertise to participate in our In the Loop program
  • Attend and support activities related to the In the Loop program.
  • Provides up to 10 hours of weekly program facilitation.
  • Develops documentation panels and/or portfolio of museum curriculum and program documentation. Help conduct observations and surveys.
  • Support development and maintenance of materials and assists director with their collection and preparation (with a focus on sensory and art explorations)
  • Contributes to the functions of early learning team and the Pritzker Playspace.

Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3 month commitment (or more if desirable) Sept/Oct. 2015 – December 2015/January 2016

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.

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Graphic Design Intern
Department: Marketing
Supervisors: Creative Director
 
Possible Majors: Graphic Design, Illustration
 
Requirements: Must own a Mac laptop computer with Adobe Creative Suite 5 (or higher) to work on site. Strong knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop is required. Must possess excellent typography and layout skills. Additional skills such as photography, illustration, HTML/CSS, video editing or 3D design/rendering are definitely helpful but not required.

Description of Tasks: The Graphic Design Intern will assist the museum’s in-house graphics team in designing and producing print collateral, signage, online graphics and other needed media. The intern will create new design materials, update current documents and components to maintain brand consistency, and participate in generating marketing ideas for the museum.
Graphic Design Interns must be organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently and under multiple deadlines, and courteous in collaborating with museum staff. Interns must also possess excellent communication skills, take direction effectively, push themselves creatively, and have great enthusiasm to create bright, playful, sharp, and thoroughly wonderful designs for children.

Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3 month;
September/October 2015 – December 2015/January 2016

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.

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Marketing Department Intern
Department: Marketing
Supervisor: Twania Brewster, VP of Marketing
 
Possible Majors: Communications, Marketing, Sales, Computer Science, Mathematics, Library Sciences, Journalism, Language
 
Requirements: This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing.  We seek an intern who can participate in various stages of print and online marketing campaign; communications support for frontline admissions and membership, exhibit and programming staff.
 
Description of Tasks and Projects:

  • Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock ups, e-mail campaigns, on line promotion, etc.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials
  • Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers
  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of training materials
  • Perform analysis and maintain marketing, sales, social media and Google Analytics data and earned media activity
  • Seek and analyze competitor marketing and sales materials both on and offline
  • Prepare presentations
  • rovide support to social media efforts

Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3 month commitment
September/October 2015 – December 2015/January 2016

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.

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Development/Special Events Intern
Department: Development
Supervisors: Fundraising Events Coordinator and Director of Individual Giving

Possible Majors: Journalism, Public Relations, Liberal Arts (English, Communications, etc.), Business (Emphasis: Management, Marketing, Sales), etc.

Requirements: Strong interpersonal skills; proven ability to organize multifaceted projects; excellent written and verbal communication skills; enthusiasm for creative writing; knowledge of computer systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); attention to detail; the ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects, and work effectively under pressure.

Description of Tasks: The main focus of the Development/Special Events Intern will be the silent auction of Chicago Children’s Museum’s 2015 Gala.  Attended by nearly 600 business and community leaders, the annual Gala raises more than $800,000 to support the museum’s innovative exhibits, educational programming, and community access initiatives.  This internship is a great opportunity for someone interested in development, and communications to take ownership of a large fundraising project and see it through from beginning to end.

Tasks include:

  • Strategically research and solicit items for silent auction for a total of approximately 150 auction packages
  • Write creative descriptions and design display slides to promote each silent auction item
  • Maintain Excel files and records of auction items solicited and received
  • Generate solicitation and acknowledgement letters for contributions
  • Help create auction packages
  • Oversee silent auction set-up and manage volunteers at the Gala
  • Assist with other Gala-related tasks as needed.

Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week - 3 1/2 month commitment
Must be available to work at the Gala on Saturday, November 7, 2015    

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.

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Tinkering Lab Intern
Department: Education
Supervisor: Director of Art and Tinkering Studios

Possible Majors: Engineering, Museum Education, Art Education, Art, Physical Science

Requirements: Education experience with elementary-aged children; Knowledge of and experience with tinkering; Familiarity with maker-based skill sets (including knowledge of hand tools, construction, engineering skills); Ability to communicate with and lead groups of people; Ability to engage in reflective practice; Love of learning and sense of humor; Ability to work in a multifaceted, team-oriented environment; Organization, creativity, flexibility, self-direction, imagination and patience.

Description of Responsibilities: The interns’ primary responsibility will be working with Tinkering Lab staff researching, implementing and documenting Tinkering programs for school groups and general visitors. This fall, a variety of drop-in programs, environmental changes and facilitation invitations will be researched and prototyped to serve our group audience. In addition, interns assist in keeping Tinkering Lab organized and preparing supplies for general Tinkering Lab programs and special events.

Minimum 200 hours, 3 days a week, 9am-2pm Tu, Wed, Thurs or Fri– 3 month commitment

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.

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Arts and Culture Programs Intern
Department: Arts and Culture
Supervisors: Joshua Derbas- Arts and Culture Program manager & Lead Educator

Possible Majors: Art Education, Education-general, Early Learning Education, Museum Education, Fine Art - Studio majors with education backgrounds/experiences.

Requirements:

  • Must have education experience/education from public education, daycare, camp, or other classroom settings.
  • Must have some form of visual-arts background, and be comfortable teaching studio art to a wide range of visitors and guests (including youth and their caregivers).
  • Must have great communication skills and have an approachable demeanor.
  • Must feel comfortable in a fast pace work environment, and be aware of surroundings at all time.
  • Must have an open-mind and be comfortable around a wider range of people

Description of Projects &Tasks:

  • Artabounds Studio Family Workshop Educator (Tuesdays)
  • Facilitate Family Workshop lessons on Tuesday afternoons, and assist in maintenance of studio space.
  • Assist in Visiting Artist Studio Program Coordination
  • Communicate, prepare, facilitate, and report for Visiting Artist Programs. (VAP occur on Thursday evenings and weekends.)
  • Assist in Developing a new stamping workshop.
  • Research, develop, prototype, and write up lesson plan for a new workshop experience.  (Workshop will occur December 1st through December 14th).


Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3 month commitment
Sept/Oct. 2015 – December 2015/January 2016

Schedule: Tuesdays are required, rest of week will vary according to program schedule

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children's Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.

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