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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: August/September - November/December 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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Exhibit Evaluation Intern
Department: Program and Experience Development
Supervisor:  Katie Slivovsky, Exhibit Development Director

Possible Majors: Museum Studies/Evaluation, Education, Child Development, Psychology, and others as deemed applicable.

Requirements/preferences: College-level studies in above or related fields; good knowledge of child development; some evaluation skills or strong desire to learn evaluation techniques; some physical science, statistics and/or math skills. Organized, good writing skills, self-directed, and takes initiative.

Description of Tasks:

  • Evaluate Zoom Room, a 1,500 sq. ft. exhibit created by Chicago Children’s Museum

Hours: 200 hours throughout the fall of 2016. Hours very flexible but must include weekdays, a few weekend days (Saturday or Sunday) and a few Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.

Term: Fall - September - December 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: Lisa Yelton; Manager of Annual Fund and Fundraising Events

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.

Must be available to work on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Description of Tasks: 

The main focus of the Development/Special Events Intern will be the silent auction of Chicago Children’s Museum’s 2016 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.

Specific 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

Hours: Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3 month commitment
Must be available to work on Saturday, November 5, with the potential for extended hours October 31-November 4
Term: Fall - September - December 2016

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