About Shedd

Communications and Public Relations Internship

To apply, please send our complete application packet to: 

Volunteer Services Department
Attn: Internship Program
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Fax: 312-939-4895

Application Deadline:

Winter/Spring 2012 (January–April): Not recruitng.

Summer 2012 (May–August): April 15, or until the internship is filled.

Fall 2012 (September–December): Sept 15, or until the internship is filled.


Internship Title: Communications and Public Relations Internship

Internship Department: External Affairs and Communication

Objective: Assist in the aquarium’s internal and external communication projects, media-relations opportunities and events.

• Willingness to interact with both internal and external audiences via telephone or in person. Updates PR manager accordingly.
• Light media pitching; returning media calls and requests.
• Writing press releases and pitches.
• Assisting staff with internal communication needs.
• Coordinating logistics for media interview opportunities and events.
• Producing background research on various zoo and aquarium or activist industry news.

Final product(s):The candidate will gain a solid grounding in his or her public relations skills needed to understand and navigate the media world for a not-for-profit organization. The candidate will be exposed to local, regional and national media and involved in promoting Shedd’s programs, events and educational opportunities. 

Qualifications:A desirable candidate must be able to multitask, have excellent organizational skills, be deadline-oriented, have the ability to work independently, be energetic and eager to learn. A candidate must also think critically, creatively, be a self-starter, have a passion for public relations and possess excellent time management skills. Intern should be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and must be able to work flexible hours including some early mornings, nights and weekends as necessary, and walk/stand for extended periods of time. Professional work ethic and demeanor is imperative.

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4-point scale 

Desired year in school: College senior or recent undergrad graduate.
Compensation: Unpaid. Interns must make arrangements with their schools to gain academic credit for this internship. Shedd Aquarium is happy to provide any work documentation necessary for this process.

Desired majors:Candidate will possess either a B.A. in the area of communications, public relations, or journalism, or academic progress toward a B.A. in these fields of study.
Time commitment: Three to five days a week; 24 to 35 hours weekly (set schedule will be determined based on intern availability).

Learning potential: Exposure to a variety of media-relations opportunities, including cultural and environmental issues through public relations projects, internal and external. Relationship building with local, regional and national media outlets.
Connections to other Shedd staff members and interns through formal and informal trainings as well as mentorship opportunities.

To apply: Print and complete the application packet available on our website. A list of required application documents is on the website.

If you have questions regarding this internship or our program, please e-mail the volunteer and internship program manager at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

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