About Shedd

Volunteer Services 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 summer 2013 is April 15.

Internship Title: Volunteer services internship
Internship Department: Human Resources

Objective: The volunteer services intern will work closely with members of the Human Resources Department to learn all aspects of volunteer and intern recruiting, management and benefits.

• Coordinate internship program, including maintenance of social and training calendar, communicate review and evaluation deadlines, and internally promote program events.

• Respond to inquiries submitted via email or mail and help with the filing of application.

• Assist with prescreening applicants, observe the interviewing process and perform with reference and background checks.
• Develop a complete and updated position description binder.

• Database management
• Other duties as assigned.

Final Product(s): An organized internship program as well as a solid understanding of human resources management in a not-for-profit setting.

Qualifications: A desirable candidate must be outgoing, work well with teams and independently, be able to multi-task, be detail-oriented, think creatively and effectively manage his or her time. Previous internship or job experience in human resources helpful, but not required. Good verbal and written communication skills is a must. Must maintain confidentiality. Proficient with Microsoft Office. A strong desire to learn about human resources in a not-for-profit setting.

Minimum GPA:
3.0 on a 4.0 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: Human resources management, communications, organizational development, or a similar field.

Time Commitment:
Two to three days a week; 10 to 15 hours weekly (set schedule will be determined based on intern availability). For training purposes, Wednesday availability is preferred.
Learning Potential:
Exposure to a variety of human resources-related issues specific to a not-for-profit institution with a focus on zoos and aquariums. Ability to manage, organize and communicate various aspects of our structured internship program throughout the organization.

Connections to other Shedd staff members, interns and vendors 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 coordinator at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

Application Deadline:
Summer 2013—April 15, or until the internship is filled

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