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Student Internships

LGBTQ Access & Inclusion Intern
Department: Education and Experience Development 
Supervisor:  Exhibit Development Director and Chair of CCM’s initiative to actively welcome and engage the LGBTQ community (LGBTQ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning)

Possible Majors:  Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Education, Child Development, Museum Studies, Marketing, Communications.

Requirements: College-level studies in above or related fields; strong connection to (or strong desire to connect to) the LGBTQ community; excellent communication skills (written and verbal); organized; reliable; self-directed; uses discretion and shows sensitivity to others; team player.

Description of Projects and Tasks:

  • Special Event
    • Help plan, implement and host all aspects of International Family Equality Day, held at Chicago Children’s Museum on May 1, 2016 (must be able to attend May 1, 2016)
  • Help organize museum-wide activities
    • Help organize appropriate resources, community organizations, and performers for LGBTQ Hospitality Suite and Resource Room.
  • Meetings and other potential tasks (depending on intern’s interest, skills and strengths):
    • Attend regular LGBTQ Access & Inclusion committee meetings
    • Attend general museum meetings with supervisor as appropriate
  • Contribute ideas and/or develop activities for staff trainings that build awareness and sensitivity to the LGBTQ community.
  • Photograph LGBTQ families on-site to diversify museum’s photo library for potential use in marketing materials and museum signage

Minimum 200 hours; 15-20 hours per week, may include nights and weekends (schedule is flexible)
Dates Flexible: February - May 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: 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 & Projects:

  • Setup the social media marketing schedule in Hootsuite
  • Curate high-value articles, blog posts, and web content for content marketing
  • Generate a list of top news sources, blogs, and websites for content marketing
  • Draft written content for social media posts, online ads, and blog posts
  • Search for high quality photos to use in digital marketing
  • Brainstorm and research content ideas for editorial calendar such as: special holidays, local events, seasonal events, etc.   
  • Prepare presentations
  • Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock ups, e-mail campaigns, on line promotion, etc.

Minimum 200 hours; 15-20 hours per week, may include nights and weekends
Dates Flexible: January 2016 - May 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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Arts and Culture Programs Intern
Department: Education, Arts and Culture
Supervisors: 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 Tasks & Projects:

  • 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.

Minimum 200 hours; 15-20 hours per week, may include nights and weekends
Dates Flexible: January 2016 - May 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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Early Learning Intern
Department: Education, Early Learning
Supervisors: 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


Main Project:

  • Develop relationships and recruit partners with child development and early childhood expertise to participate in our In the Loop program. In the Loop provides an opportunity for caregivers to engage in informal chats with experts in child development field in our Pritzker Playspace. Attend and support activities related to the In the Loop program.
  • Conduct observation and create documentation pieces that investigate the quality and level of children’s engagement in Pritzker Playspace.

Description of Tasks:

  • Develop relationships and recruit partners with child development and early childhood expertise to participate in our In the Loop program. In the Loop provides an opportunity for caregivers to engage in informal chats with experts in child development field in our Pritzker Playspace.
  • Attend and support activities related to the In the Loop program.Provides program facilitation support.
  • 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, may include nights and weekends
Dates Flexible: January 2016 - May 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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