About Shedd

Online Marketing and Communications Internship

To be considered for the  internship program, please send all following information to:
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Attn: Internship Program
Volunteer Services
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL  60605

Internship Department: Marketing

Objective: Assist in the aquarium’s external communication projects through the use of social media, the public website and e-mail.

• Willingness to interact with external audiences through the aquarium’s social media channels
• Assist the online communications coordinator in planning, writing and scheduling posts on the aquarium’s social media channels.
• Continue and expand upon statistics reporting plan for social media, e-mail and web.
• Other duties as assigned.

Final Product(s):  The candidate will gain a solid grounding in his or her online marketing and communications skills needed to understand and navigate website management and the social media world for a not-for-profit organization. The candidate will be involved in promoting Shedd’s programs, events and educational opportunities.

Qualifications: The online marketing/communications intern must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail. He or she must have the ability to work and be productive independently, but also be a valuable member of our team. 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, Microsoft Excel, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest. Experience in working with, or knowledge of, Tumblr, Instragram and Google Analytics a plus. Intern must be able to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends as necessary.

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4-point scale

Desired year in school: College senior or recent 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, English, marketing, or journalism, or academic progress toward a B.A. in these fields of study.

Time Commitment: Three to five days a week; 15 to 20 hours weekly (schedule will be determined based on intern availability). For training purposes, Wednesday availability is preferred.

Learning Potential: Exposure to a variety of online marketing/
communications projects.

Connections to Shedd staff members and other interns through formal and informal trainings as well as mentorship opportunities.

To Apply: Print and complete the application packet available on our website. If you have questions regarding this internship or our program, please e-mail the volunteer and internship program manager, at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

Application Deadline: 
Fall 2013 is Sept. 15, or until the internship is filled.

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