Student Internships | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Student Internships

Photography Intern

Department: Marketing & Communications

Possible Majors: Photojournalism, Photography, Graphic Design

Requirements:

  • Excellent photography skills, particularly in photographing active people (especially children) in varying degrees of light, motion, distance, etc.
  • Must possess and use your own camera (as well as additional photo equipment as needed).
  • Willingness and openness to interact closely with the museum’s visitors and guests in a professional, cordial, appropriate manner as a representative of the institution.
  • Ability to work independently, seek photo opportunities autonomously, and take direction.
  • Experience using a Mac, Photoshop and Dropbox preferred.
  • Understanding of social platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) preferred.
  • Video capability (editing and/or shooting) is helpful.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled at an accredited college or university.

Description of Tasks:

  • Photographing visitors in the museum as they engage in different exhibits, programs, spaces and events.
  • Participating in photo shoots for the museum’s promotional imagery.
  • Working with public relations to coordinate photo needs for social media directives and campaigns.
  • Taking archive photos to document museum spaces and components.
  • Assisting in updating the museum’s digital photo archive.
  • Contributing potential concepts and direction for photo opportunities for the museum

Goals: Regularly take exceptional photos for use in the museum’s marketing materials (particularly social media), as well as work with the photo archive to organize images. The intern will learn the requirements, routines and rigors of being a staff photographer for a vibrant non-profit organization, as well as real-world aesthetic and content criteria for media imagery — all of which can provide abundant material for a robust portfolio.

Final Project: Create and organize a portfolio of new photographs for the museum to regularly use and for the intern to showcase professionally.

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

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier

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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.



Social Media & Marketing Intern

Department: Marketing & Communications

Possible Majors: Communications, Marketing, Media, Journalism, Composition or a related field

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in sophomore, junior or senior year at an accredited college or university
  • Must be able to receive college credit
  • Understanding of social platforms (especially Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat)

Description of Tasks: The selected candidate will be responsible for assisting and supporting the Marketing department with a variety of social media and marketing initiatives as well as developing and maintaining social platforms and implementing effective social media campaigns in line with overall marketing strategy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the social media team in the management and maintenance of Chicago Children’s Museum social communities including, but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube
  • Draft day-to-day social media posts
  • Monitor discussions, posts, and comments across multiple social media channels
  • Support influencer outreach efforts
  • Track performance of campaigns
  • Update social media channels with current photos and videos from in-museum programs, events, and exhibits
  • Assist in the development and execution of original and engaging content ideas for the Chicago Children’s Museum video blog

Goals: Assist in publishing of relevant, original, high-quality content. Develop a weekly social media reporting tool that will measure key performance indicators for CCM’s newer social platforms.

Final Project: Carry out social media campaign based on museum’s newest exhibit. Assist in creation of campaign content while providing regular reports to team on social media metrics.

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

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier

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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.



Individual Giving and Events Intern

Department: Development

Supervisors: Rachel Carlsen, Fundraising Events Manager

Possible Majors: Open, could include: Event Management, Communications, Business, Non-Profit Management, or English

Requirements:

  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably with an interest in non-profit fundraising and event planning.
  • Must be computer literate, including Microsoft Office Suite and internet research experience.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to communicate in a professional manner with internal and external contacts.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Chicago Children’s Museum.

Description of Tasks:

  • Solicit and collect silent auction donations for annual gala by sending letters and emails, and following up with potential donors.
  • Keep meticulous tracking of fundraising progress in spreadsheets and enter gifts into fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Pair silent auction items into exciting packages, write package descriptions, and create item displays.
  • Work with mobile bidding company to build silent auction website for guests.
  • Oversee silent auction set-up, volunteers, and progress at Gala on November 3, 2018.
  • Assist with creation of solicitation materials for January and March 2019 event sponsors and in-kind donors.
  • Assist with the implementation of new individual giving opportunities and programs for donor stewardship and cultivation.
  • Assist with calendar year-end appeal, which includes a mailing and multi-faceted email campaign.

Projects:

  • Assist with coordination of annual gala on November 3, 2018.
  • Support Individual Giving team in coordination of October 21, 2018 Halloween event.
  • Assist with early planning stages and coordination of January and March 2019 fundraising events.
  • Miscellaneous projects in support of the Individual Giving team as assigned.

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

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier

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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.



Art Studio Programs Intern

Department: Education Arts and Culture

Supervisor: Joshua Derbas & Kim Koin, Arts and Culture Program Manager & Lead Educator

Related Majors: Education, arts education, fine museum studies, community studies, communications

Internship Requirements:

  • Must have teaching/facilitation 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 paced & high-energy work environment
  • Must have an open-mind and be comfortable around all visitors.

Description of Possible Tasks

Art Studio Facilitation

  • Facilitating and maintaining daily Studio Workshops.
  • Leading families in open-ended art making workshops scheduled per month.
  • Activities: painting, costuming, collage, and playdough.

Young Artists Program (weekday morning shifts)

  • Assist in facilitating open to all drop-in weaving experience.

Art Studio Documentation and Studio display:

  • Collect, organize, propose, and install displays inside the art studio. e Collect and summarize data for internal use.
  • Work closely with other departments (marketing/development) to collect stories and first hand experiences.

Goals

The intern will acquire or work-on the following:

  • Organization, communication (admin), and time management.
  • Facilitation, Research, development, and documentation of open-ended experiences (programs), ran in a children’s museum art studio setting.
  • Gain experience working with a wide variety of people, all with unique needs/abilities and interests.

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

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

Required 13.5 hours - Facilitation schedule: Mondays (12:00 to 5:00), Tuesdays (9:30 to 1:00), and Wednesdays (12:00 to 5:00). Additional 5 hours of desk time per week.

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier

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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.



Family Programs Evaluation Intern

Department: Education-Family Programs

Supervisors: Maddie Marines-Facilitated Programs Manager

Possible Majors: Education, Museum Studies, Psychology

Requirements:

  • Experience with or interest in evaluation
  • Experience working with young children and adults in an informal learning environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Some knowledge of early childhood development
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of computer systems (Excel, Word, Office)

Description of Tasks:

  • Observe monthly trainings of Facilitators as well as daily programs
  • Create a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of each training
  • Use evaluation tool to help assess effectiveness of training
  • Analyze findings e Create report of findings and implications
  • Present report to Family Programs team and other staff

Projects: The Family Programs department creates daily programs for our visitors to enjoy on the floor of the museum, these programs are presented to the visitors by our Facilitators. Every month the Family programs team trains the Facilitators how to present each program on the floor. Our team would like to evaluate how successful these monthly trainings are for Facilitators.

Hours: Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week — 3 month commitment. Intern must be available the evening of the last Wednesday of each month.

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier

APPLY HERE

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.