Chicago Humanities Festival - Winter & Spring 2014 Internships



Marketing Intern: 
Specific project-related aspects of the internship include: 
Research and undertake specific outreach and marketing to Chicago and suburban families for the 2014 spring festival “Stages, Sights & Sounds,” including attending networking events, distributing festival materials and posters, and more. 
Assist marketing staff with public relations efforts for winter and spring programs, including publicity to Chicago area universities and colleges and entry of CHF event information on various online community calendars. 
Assist marketing and website staff with communications for February through May 2014 events 
Assist marketing and website staff with early preparations for the fall 2014 festival

The successful applicant will have: 
Strong written and oral communication skills 
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
Ability to multitask on multiple projects at once; ability to work in a fast-paced environment 
Design skills, including Adobe Creative Suite 3 products (InDesign, Illustrator, and especially Photoshop), optional but preferred 

Web Content Intern: 
Specific project-related aspects of the internship include: 
To work on the Festival’s multichannel web strategy; Tasks will include creating multimedia content from video and/or audio captured from past Festival programs. 
The successful applicant will have: 
Demonstrable experience with any video and sound editing software 
Firm understanding of concepts and terms in video and audio editing 
Experience editing images and converting content to multimedia formats for online use 
Rudimentary HTML authoring experience a plus, but not required 
Excellent Word and Excel skills 
Strong written and verbal communication skills 
Excellent organizational and time management skills 
The ability to work both independently and on teams 

Box Office Intern: 
Specific project-related aspects of the internship include: 
Box office preparation for the 2014 Stages, Sights, & Sounds festival and other year round programs 
Assist in the management of venue bag packing and coordination 
Administrative tasks including processing ticket orders; managing real-time box office information; database maintenance; filing, mailings, and other duties as assigned 
Creating strategy to aid in the continuous development of customer service within the box office and front of house The successful applicant will have: 
Strong written and oral communication skills 
Excellence in customer service both on the phone and in person 
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel 
Ability to multitask on multiple projects and strong organization skills 
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment 

Production Intern: 
Specific project-related aspects of the internship include: 
Working closely with the Director, Production, to produce selected programs and venues. Duties may include, but are not limited to, communicating with artists, presenters, partners, venues, vendors, and the like; determining technical requirements; confirming and augmenting requirements as needed; tracking details in the FileMaker database 

Other responsibilities such as drafting contracts and maintaining files, as needed. 

The successful applicant will have: 
Should have some previous production or special event experience and enjoy complex multi-layered projects, show initiative and be able to work in a team environment 
Have experience with both Mac and PC computers, 
Microsoft Word and Excel experience is required 
Experience with Filemaker Pro and Raiser’s Edge databases is a plus. 

Program Intern: 
Specific project-related aspects of the internship include: 
Participating in the early stages of program research for the fall 2014 Festival 
Researching biographical information and contact information for potential CHF presenters 
Providing logistical support at winter/spring Festival programs 
Providing administrative support for the spring festival, Stages, Sights & Sounds, including database entry and itinerary creation; Helping maintain the FileMaker Archive database 

The successful applicant will have: 
Should enjoy complex research projects, demonstrate dynamic writing abilities 
Show initiative, have extensive computer experience and be able to work in a team environment. 
Microsoft Excel, Filemaker Pro, and Raiser’s Edge experience a plus. 

Development Intern: 
Specific project-related aspects of the internship include: 
The primary responsibility of this internship will be to perform prospect research on potential donors and board members. 
Prospect research involves utilizing a variety of online resources to gather information and then collating this data to create comprehensive biographies on the prospects. 
This process also includes tracking prospect engagement and updating records in our donor database Raiser’s Edge. 

The successful applicant will have: 
Candidates should possess extensive computer skills 
Strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills and the ability to work independently. 
Candidates should feel comfortable executing multi-part projects and complex research assignments. 
Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a similar donor database is a plus. 

How to apply:
Please submit the following by November 27, 2013
Application (attached but also available at, cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a brief personal statement 

Internship Program
Fax: 312.661.1018
Post: Internship Director, 500 N Dearborn, Suite 825, Chicago IL 60654

Your personal statement should be no longer than 500 words and include your career goals and what you hope to contribute to the Festival.

About the Chicago Humanities Festival
Get Cultured. Seriously! The Chicago Humanities Festival creates opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring international performance festival, Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year and on our web site that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.
Audiences can experience lectures and performances by people as diverse as Matt Groening, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tony Kushner, Sarah Jones, Antony Gormley, Dan Savage, Robert Reich, Sam Shepard, Lynda Barry; as well as performing arts companies from all over the world.

The Chicago Humanities Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment. Tickets for most Festival programs are $5 to $28 in advance; a $5 per tickets a surcharge applies to all purchases at the event. Free and reduced –price tickets are available for students and teachers (with ID).

The Chicago Humanities Festival is an equal opportunity employer.

Internship - Unpaid
The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience in a nonprofit cultural institution. CHF believes in challenging interns with relevant, interesting projects and making them full members of the Festival team. Interns leave CHF with a practical appreciation for the demands and rewards of nonprofit work.
Administrative/Support Services, BUS - Marketing, Digital/Social Media , Editing/Writing, Fundraising / Development, Public Relations, TV/Radio/Film Production
United States
Late January - late May, 2014
See description under each internship
All Majors
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student (1st Year), Graduate Student (2nd Year), Alumnus/a - Graduate Program, Alumnus/a - Undergraduate Program
Small stipend to cover your expenses.
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