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All assistantship participants will have the opportunity to work with Shedd staff members and interact with other professionals through career workshops, trainings and field trips.

Note: This program typically does not include opportunities for animal contact.

To apply to the school year assistantship program, you must

  • be a recent high school graduate, current college student, or recent college graduate
  • have participated in at least one other programs with Shedd Aquarium
  • be available to work part-time from September 19 through May 16, 2020
  • submit a completed application by August 30, 2019
Teens on a field trip in Shedd's learning labs work on identifying specimens in a microscope with a facilitator's help.

Teen learning assistantship (1)

The teen learning assistantship will assist with the day-to-day operations of the Teen Learning Lab. This will include assisting with programming and project development around teen interest-driven work. This will also include mentoring peers and maintaining a variety of technologies in the lab. Working closely with the Teen Learning Lab staff, this assistantship will gain experience in curriculum design, educational technology and learner-driven project management. The schedule for this Assistantship is Thursday evenings and Saturdays.

Three woman stand before a table set up in Shedd's aquarium galleries as a membership expert talks them through the perks of becoming a Shedd member.

Guest engagement assistantship (1)

The guest engagement assistantship will dive into the world of interpretation at Shedd and gain an understanding of how effective storytelling contributes to reaching our mission. This assistantship will focus on exhibit interpretation, specifically touch experiences and hands-on activities. After becoming skilled in facilitating these engagements, this person will have a chance to co-develop and pilot at least one new hands-on activity.