Student Internships | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Student Internships

Marketing Department Intern   
Department: Marketing   

Possible Majors: Communications, Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Business Communications 
Preferred Year: Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student 

Requirements:   

  • Comfortable working in a face-paced environment   
  • Interested in and capable of learning new online marketing applications, including Hootsuite, Canva, CMS, Asana, Feedly, Power BI, etc.   
  • Comfortable drafting written content for social media a website   
  • Interested in understanding and developing marketing tactics that integrated with marketing technology such as, Google Analytics, CRM, Etc.   
  • Interested in how to capture and use data to inform marketing tactics.  
  • Interested in current cultural trends across pop culture, internet memes, art, film, etc.    

Description of Tasks:  

  • Assist with website migration & redesign project, including taking inventory of current web content & attending all website project meetings   
  • Set-up and draft content for social media posts in Hootsuite  
  • Curate high-value articles, blog posts, and web content for content marketing via Feedly   
  • Search for high-quality photos for use in digital marketing campaigns   
  • Using templates, create graphics for social media posts and promotions via Canva   
  • Assist with weekly data collection on marketing performance metrics   
  • Set-up webpages for marketing campaigns using museum CMS  

Goals: Over the course of this internship the Marketing intern will learn about latest marketing best practices, get training and use on online marketing software daily, and assist the department with developing new marketing strategies 

Final Project: The marketing intern will create a website content inventory plan and present it to the marketing department. This will include content currently on the website with a recommendation on what content could be removed or edited as well as opportunities for new content. 

Hours: Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3-month commitment

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If you have questions please contact our Manager of Volunteer & Intern Resources:

Angela Kraemer | P: 312-464-7652 | F: 312-527-9082 | 700 E. Grand Ave., Suite 127, Chicago, IL, 60611-3428


Father Engagement Intern 
Department:
 Community and Education Partnerships (CEP) 

Possible Majors: Marketing, Communications, Education, Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Administration, Social Work  

Requirements:  

  • Ease and experience working with children and adults from diverse cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds 
  • Demonstrate creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving in a rapidly changing environment 
  • Verbal Communication with Children and Caregivers  
  • Written communication with Community Partners  
  • Ability to attend evening or weekend community events (approx. 4-6 events) 

Description of Tasks:  

  • Become familiar with literature, research reviews, studies, best practice models, and /or webinars regarding father engagement 
  • Shadow CCM staff and gain field experience by attending father-related community events including site visits, meetings, seminars, and/or resource fairs 
  • Synthesize a framework which documents the process for engaging fathers and their families in museums, based on current theory and best practice models, can address areas including: 
  • Assessment, orientation, recruitment, marketing/messaging, staff training, funding models, sustainability and evaluation 
  • Develop a prototype from one (1) area from list above 
  • Evaluation- test prototype and make recommendations based on challenges and opportunities for CCM

Projects:  

  • Written documentation in form of a brief/white paper (2-4 pages)  
  • Verbal presentation to CCM teams

Goals:  

  • Develop foundational knowledge of a new content area 
  • Gain first-hand experience of actual communities, specific populations 
  • Develop community engagement strategies based on theory and practice   
  • Build leadership and communication skills (written and verbal) 
  • Inform future direction of CCM father engagement work 

Final Project: The intern will document a new framework for CCM’s Father Engagement work as a brief/white paper (2-4 pages). Findings will be presented and discussed with members of Partnerships Team, Development Team, and Family Programs Team. Presentation will also include general reflections of their overall experience at the museum.  

Hours:Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3-month commitment

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If you have questions please contact our Manager of Volunteer & Intern Resources:

Angela Kraemer | P: 312-464-7652 | F: 312-527-9082 | 700 E. Grand Ave., Suite 127, Chicago, IL, 60611-3428


Arts and Culture Program Facilitation Internship
Department: Arts and Culture
 
Possible Majors: Art Education, Education (general), Fine Arts - Studio majors with education backgrounds/experiences
 
Requirements: 

  • Must have teaching experience in: Schools, community centers, daycares, camps, and/or other classroom settings.  
  • Must have some form of visual-arts background, and be comfortable teaching studio art to a wide range of visitors (including youth and their caregivers) 
  • Must have great communication skills and have an approachable demeanor.   
  • Must feel comfortable in a fast pace & high-energy work environment. 
  • Must have an open-mind and be comfortable around a wide variety of visitors. 

Description of Tasks & Projects:

  • Art Studio Facilitation 
    • Family Studio Workshop Facilitation (Afternoon workshops on Wednesdays).  
    • Prep, facilitate, and document the art studio workshops.  
  • Arts and Culture Programing 
    • Assist in researching, prototyping, and planning future arts and culture programing.  
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater Summer Program Facilitation 
    • Prep, facilitate, and document the offsite (@ Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier) drop-in program on Fridays.  

Goals: 

  • Organizational skills, administrative communication, and time management. 
  • Research, development, prototyping, facilitation, and documentation of open-ended programs ran in a children’s museum setting.  
  • Gain experience working with a wide variety of people, all with unique abilities and interests.   
  • Gain confidence in presenting or facilitation in front of a large crowd.  

Final Project: Interns will work with their supervisor during their time at CCM to develop a final project to share with staff at the end of their internship.  

Minimum 200 hours; 15-20 hours per week - 3-month commitment. 
Wed. 12-5:30 pm & Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm are required.
Internship starting in June.

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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If you have questions please contact our Manager of Volunteer & Intern Resources:

Angela Kraemer | P: 312-464-7652 | F: 312-527-9082 | 700 E. Grand Ave., Suite 127, Chicago, IL, 60611-3428


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  

Main Projects: 

  • Supports our efforts in creating a welcoming and responsive environment for the exploration of unstructured play by infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families, through developing and facilitating open-ended sensory materials and art mediums. 
  • Conduct observation and create documentation pieces that investigate the quality and level of children’s engagement in Pritzker Playspace. 

Description of Tasks: 

  • 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) 
  • Goals: 
  • Collaborate alongside Pritzker Playspace staff to facilitate hands-on early learning experiences for infant toddlers and preschoolers through unstructured play.  
  • Contributes to the development, implementation and documentation of progressive educational philosophies and informal learning processes of our Pritzker Playspace experience.  

Final Projects: 

  • Creation of documentation panels and/or handbook to support visitors, and staff’s educational growth as well as knowledge of early learners’ development 
  • Series of lesson plans of activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that support our philosophy

Hours: Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3-month commitment

APPLY NOW

If you have questions please contact our Manager of Volunteer & Intern Resources:

Angela Kraemer | P: 312-464-7652 | F: 312-527-9082 | 700 E. Grand Ave., Suite 127, Chicago, IL, 60611-3428