About Shedd

Staff Training Internship

To be considered for this internship opportunity, please send your complete internship application packet to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Internship Program
c/o Volunteer Services
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
Application deadline for winter/spring 2013 is Saturday, Dec. 15.


Internship Title: Staff Training Internship
Internship Department:  Staff Training Department

Objective: To develop an understanding of organizational training in a nonprofit setting and gain experience with interactive online course modules through Adobe Captivate.  
• Assist in the creation of a professional eLearning interactive online course system through Adobe Captivate.

• Exploring and researching potential training topics and activities to further develop Shedd's staff and volunteers. 

• Assist with course preparations, executions and evaluations in conjunction with the training calendar. 

• The intern would report any updates and suggestions during the weekly departmental meeting. Assist with additional projects and tasks as needed

Final Product(s):  Creation of an eLearning interactive coursework that will be used for training purposes throughout the Aquarium or other projects as determined.  Have an understanding of staff training in a nonprofit institution.     
Qualifications: A desirable candidate must be able to multi-task, work well with teams and independently. Good communication, time management and presentation skills are preferred.  A desired candidate would have the ability to "think outside the box," be a self-starter and have an interest in Zoos and Aquariums. 

Proficient with Microsoft PowerPoint and Access.  Experience with Adobe Captivate is a plus!  Should be able to transport materials including CPR mannequins and walk long distances.  Professional work ethic and demeanor is imperative.
Minimum GPA: minimum 3.0 on a 4 point scale
Desired year in school: Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
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: Training and Development, Organizational Development, Human Resources or something similar.

Time Commitment:
Three to four days a week; 15-25 hours weekly (set schedule will be determined based on intern availability). 

Learning Potential:
Experience with the creation and execution of eLearning coursework. Exposure to a variety of training and organization behavior topics/information. Experience with organizing and updating a training calendar and coursework. 

Connections to other Shedd staff 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 any questions regarding this internship or our program, please e-mail us at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

Application Deadline:
Winter/Spring 2013: Dec. 15, or until the internship is filled.

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