Chicago Children’s Museum Intern 2014

Title:    Play and Learning Intern

Department:              Education

Supervisors:              Manager of Play and Learning Initiatives

Possible Majors: Education, Child Development, Liberal Arts with an interest in teaching

Requirements: Experience with children 4-8 years of age; Comfortable interacting with adults and children; Creative and imaginative; Experimental and empirically-minded; Enjoys reading, especially spy and/or detective stories; Flexible team player

Description of Tasks:

The Intern will assist the Play and Learning Programs Team in brainstorming, developing, prototyping and evaluating museum programs related to tinkering, detection, experimentation, aviation and more. The Intern will also help facilitate educational programs with visitors and continually support the team with materials, organization and other daily tasks. Duties include:

  • Collecting, analyzing and reporting on observations of current programs involving tinkering, detection, and sending stuff flying into the air
  • Prototyping of one or more future programs with a spy or detective theme
  • Facilitating programs on the museum floor and interacting with visitors in various exhibits
  • Assisting in ongoing program support, including material prep


  • Observation and evaluation of visitors participating in un-facilitated and self-guided programs involving experimentation in two settings
  • Supporting development of a program that engages visitors in solving a mystery while in the museum

Hours:                        Minimum 200 hours, 15-20 hours per week – 3 month commitment

Site: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier

Contact:         Sarah Gritsonis, Manager of Volunteer & Intern Resources

                  700 E. Grand Ave., Suite 127

                        Chicago, IL 60611-3428

                  Phone (312) 464-7652 · Fax (312) 527-9082

Internships are unpaid. Chicago Children’s Museum’s Internship Program provides interns the opportunity to develop important work skills and gain practical experience while working on significant projects to further the Museum’s mission.