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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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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:

  • The Early Learning intern will translate their experience, research and field education knowledge into early learning best practice at CCM. The Early Learning Intern will conduct a research study that investigates the quality and level of social interactions in Pritzker Playspace.  The Intern will observe, develop, document and facilitate quality learning programs at CCM. An accompanying portfolio or culminating project will be designed with the guidance of CCM staff. The Intern will have the opportunity to develop and nurture relationships with experts in the early childhood community. Development of relationships with key CCM staff is an important aspect of the program.  The program will both help prepare them for diverse roles in their communities and offer them opportunities that will promote their education and leadership ability. 

Description of Tasks:

  • Design research study; identify/define the research question, collect and analyze data.
  • Connect and nurture relationships with partners with child development and/or early childhood expertise interested in engaging in CCM’s Early Learning Programs.
  • Provides program facilitation support.
  • Assist staff with development and implementation of learning environments and programs for early learners (children developmentally 5 years and younger).
  • Document programs using digital photography and other forms of media.
  • 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)


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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