About Shedd

Security and Life Safety 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: Security and Life Safety Internship
Internship Department: Security and Life Safety

Objective: The intern will provide assistance in updating, developing and implementing safety programs, conduct life-safety inspections and audits, and coordinate safety training.

• Conduct audits of safety programs in order to determine current practices and status of program compliance, vulnerabilities and opportunities for improvements.
• Assist in updating, drafting, or creating OSHA compliance and emergency response programs and procedures.
• Assist in creating safety training plans and coordinating training.
• Assist in updating chemical-safety programs.
• Design a safe storage solution for the facility chemical storage room and project-manage installation of storage equipment.

Final Product(s):
The intern may write and implement one or more of the following life safety programs and projects:
• Hazardous-chemical communication program
• Material safety data sheet (MSDS) program
• Hazardous-chemical inventory
• Chemical labeling program
• Chemical-waste disposal program
• Redesigned chemical storage room
• Five-year safety training plan
• Updated written safety programs

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 aquariums and zoos.

Proficient with Microsoft PowerPoint and Access. 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: Operations management, chemistry, Bbiology, criminal justice, management

Time Commitment: Three to four days a week; 15 to 25 hours weekly (set schedule will be determined based on intern availability). For training purposes, Wednesday availability is preferred.

Learning Potential: Experience with the creation and execution of safety programs within a not-for-profit organization. Exposure to a variety of safety and security topics/information.

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 us at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

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

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