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

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.


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

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.