Audience Research & Evaluation Internship
Interns will learn about and participate in all aspects of the Audience Research and Evaluation department. Interns will be involved in the entire research and evaluation process from start to finish: evaluation planning, instrument development and implementation, analysis, reporting and presentation creation and dissemination to others.
This is an excellent opportunity to interact with other departments throughout Shedd as the Audience Research and Evaluation team works on evaluations with stakeholders from all departments.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Interns assist in conducting evaluations and research related to guests, exhibits and programs at Shedd Aquarium. This process, in large part, includes gathering guest feedback through surveys and questionnaires, understanding guest choices by observation/tracking and gaining in-depth information by interviewing guests. Interns may serve in the following roles:
• Mixed-methods data analyst: The intern will be involved in database management, preparation of data for analysis and analyzing data using both quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as assisting with data collection, data entry, and writing and presenting results.
• Field evaluator: The intern will be involved in preparing and managing materials for data collection, collecting data (exit surveys, exhibit surveys, observations, etc.), entering data, and maintaining records and reports.
The Audience Research and Evaluation team needs a motivated, self-starter with excellent communication skills who can work in teams and independently. A friendly, optimistic attitude and energetic personality is a must. Candidate needs to have good attention to detail; able to work within tight timelines and in a busy environment. Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis a plus.
Must be comfortable approaching guests for interviews and questionnaires; able to stand and move quickly through the public areas of the building, including stairs, for several hours.
Computer proficiency including intermediate knowledge of Microsoft office (Excel and Word); experience with SPSS preferred.
Experience conducting literature searches and writing literature reviews and/or annotated bibliographies.
Desired year in school: Advanced upper level undergraduate students and first year graduate students.
Desired Majors: This is a great opportunity for upper level undergraduate students or graduate students who are interested in the following disciplines: museum studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, marketing, education or biological sciences.
Time Commitment: Two to Three days a week (Mon-Fri) preferred. The schedule can be flexed to take into account the student’s schedule (i.e. class schedule, vacations and personal time). Some weekend hours may be required for special projects.
TO APPLY please submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Completed application
- A cover letter
- A resume outlining your academic and professional experience
- Two (2) letters of recommendation