Current Openings

Photography Intern

Department: Marketing and Communications

Supervisor: Jon Resh, Creative Director

Possible Majors: Photojournalism, Photography, Graphic Design

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.


  • 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, and 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.

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)

Compensation: unpaid

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

Questions about internships? Please contact Anna Sawyer, Volunteer and Intern Services Coordinator, at or (312) 464-7652.