Online Marketing and Communications Internship

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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values
  • 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 the statistics reporting plan for social media, email and web
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements

The Online Marketing & Communications intern must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.  They must be able to work and be productive independently, but also be a valuable member of the 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 and Pinterest. Experience in working with, or knowledge of, Tumblr, Instagram and Google Analytics a plus. Intern must be able to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends as necessary.

Desired year in school: College senior or recent undergrad graduate

Desired Majors: Candidate will possess either a BA in the area of Communications, English, Marketing, or Journalism, or academic progress toward a BA 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, a Wednesday availability is preferred.

Completed Applications

Send your complete application packet to:

You may also mail or fax your application to:

Internship Program
Attn: Volunteer Services
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Fax: 312-939-4895

Application Materials

• Completed Application

• A cover letter

• A resume outlining your academic and professional experience

• Two (2) letters of recommendation


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