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Internships

While Museum internships are unpaid, we do participate in university internship credit programs. Please contact your college counselor or advisor for more information on receiving college credit for an internship and be sure to include any institutional requirements for receiving credit when you apply.

Deadlines and Applications Information:

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, priority is given to early applicants. Winter interns are typically selected by December 1, Spring by February 1, Summer by April 1, and Fall by August 1.
  • Fall, Winter, and Spring interns must commit to working at least 20 hours/week for a minimum of 12 weeks during a selected work period.
  • Summer interns who commit to working at least 32 hours/week for a minimum of 8 weeks are preferred. Summer internships start on Monday, June 14th, 2021, and run through Friday, August 6th, 2021.
  • Some positions may require select evening or weekend availability to accommodate special events.
  • The Museum seeks diversity in its internship program and provides equal opportunity to all applicants.
  • The Museum requires that interns, clear a background screening administered by our Director of Security and a third-party screening firm. Results are confidential.
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Intern Positions

Visitor Services Intern 

The Visitor Services Intern works with Marketing & Communications to promote a positive visitor experience. This may include assisting in admissions, addressing visitor inquiries, troubleshooting issues as they arise, helping complete gift shop orders, and setting up for special programs. This is a fast-paced position that requires someone detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and multi-task. Occasional weekends and evenings may be required.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Address visitor inquiries
  • Troubleshoot front of the house issues
  • Assist in admissions with ticket sales
  • Assist with gift shop including ordering, inventory, and merchandising
  • Assist with updating/creating training materials for volunteers
  • Assist with scheduling volunteers
  • Be available on occasional Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons to support special programs

Qualifications desired:

  • Promote an overall positive visitor experience; have a pleasant and positive disposition
  • Be able to lift 15 lbs
  • Have the ability to think on one’s feet, handle last-minute changes, and deal with a variety of personalities in a positive manner
  • Contribute to marketing initiatives with original thoughts and ideas
  • Good writer and communicator

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm). Occasional weekends and nights may be required.

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered. Applicants should have some availability Thursday evenings and Sundays.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Hospitality Intern 

Illinois Holocaust Museum is actively looking for a student to support group sales/event planning department and our visitor services department. In this internship, the student will be exposed to front-of-the-house management and operations and the group sales process from sales through execution. They will work daily with individual Museum visitors and those visiting as part of our group tour program.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist final sales process for group tours, including::
    • Assist with confirmation of “final” numbers, food orders, and payment with client
    • Assist with distribution of daily group schedules for Docents, Volunteers, and Security
    • Assist with the “meet & greet” for group
    • Assist with lunch preparation and set-up
  • Assist in food service inventory control
  • Assist with communicating with food vendors – completing purchase orders and placing orders in a timely manner
  • Post-visit, assist with communicating with group leaders to ensure customer satisfaction
  • Assist with private events as needed

Qualifications desired:

  • Promote an overall positive visitor experience; have a pleasant and positive disposition
  • Be able to lift 15 lbs
  • Be able to think on one’s feet, handle last-minute changes, and deal with a variety of personalities in a positive manner
  • Contribute to marketing initiatives with original thoughts and ideas
  • Good writer and communicator

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered. Applicants should have some availability Thursday evenings and Sundays.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Collections Intern

The overall goal of the collections management internship is to gain an understanding and gather experience in collections management and registration practices within a museum environment. In addition, interns in collections management will learn proper object handling methods, re-housing, and documentation of the collections through cataloging and digitization. Other projects may include research projects within the collection and on policies and procedures.

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About the Collection:

Illinois Holocaust Museum’s scope of collection focuses on the events and experiences associated with the Holocaust and the Nazi occupation of Europe–between the years 1933 to 1945. In order to properly understand the associated events, pre-Holocaust and immediate post-Holocaust time frames are also included in the scope of the collection. The Museum also accepts materials related to Holocaust war crimes trials; testimonies about the Holocaust and its aftermath; materials regarding restitution efforts; and materials related to the Neo-Nazi attempted march on Skokie in the 1970s.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting with cataloging and condition reporting new donations
• Improving and adding catalog database information
• Digitizing collections
• Inventorying
• Curatorial research and label writing
• Assisting with Registrarial work; filing, sending loan agreements and Deeds of Gift, etc.

Qualifications Desired:

• Must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality
• Must be extremely detail-oriented,
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills,
• Possess the ability to see projects through to completion
• Ability to work well both with others and independently.
• Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy objects
• Ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time
• Ability to safely handle and transport artworks
• Familiarity with database programs like Excel or museum collections database programs
• Basic knowledge of history, art history, and/ or an interest in museum studies preferred.
• Some experience/knowledge of digital photography and/or previous office or museum experiences
• Knowledge of second language (French, German, Polish, Russian, etc.) a plus

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Education Intern

The Education Intern assists the Education Department with organization, scheduling, and public outreach as the Museum continues to grow and educate the Midwest region about the Holocaust and genocide. The Education Department works with school groups to expand knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and hosts continued training for teachers who wish to enrich their classroom curriculum. The Department also works closely with survivors who educate students and adult by sharing their personal stories.

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Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Actively participating as a member of the Education Department wherever need arises
  • Scheduling field trips, group tours, and volunteer docents
  • Assisting visitors in Museum exhibitions
  • Producing presentations for outside organizations
  • Preparing and organizing materials for training of docents and teachers
  • Editing written materials
  • Sharing ideas for Department programming, curriculum
  • Effectively communicating Museum policy by phone and email


Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills
    • Microsoft Office proficiency required (Word, Excel, Outlook)
    • Experience with Blackbaud’s Patron Edge/Raiser’s Edge and scheduling software preferred
    • Tech-savvy/quick learning
  • Professional and mature attitude; Patience in working with volunteers and museum visitors of all ages
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Ability to multi-task and flexibility in juggling assignments

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Information Technology Intern

The candidate must have or be progressing towards a degree in an Information Technology or related field including Computer Science/Engineering, Technology and Art, or New Media Arts. The I.T. Intern must exhibit a basic knowledge of desktop computing, and willingness to learn.

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Responsibilities will be discussed based on the qualifications of the candidate.

Experience desired:

  • Basic knowledge of Active Directory
  • Basic PC hardware skills
  • User support and customer service skills
  • Software support / installation
  • Assist with Inventory
  • Basic Help Desk troubleshooting
  • Assist with technology projects
  • AV Setup for Events
  • Desktop OS installation / rebuild / upgrades
  • Printer troubleshooting
  • Smart phone assistance

Qualifications desired:

  • PC hardware coursework or experience
  • Software troubleshooting coursework or experience
  • Attention to details
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of ITIL processes (certificate not required)
  • People person with great customer service skills
  • Willingness to learn is a must!

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Grants Intern

The Development/Grants Intern will gain experience with grants and special projects to increase the capacity of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center to secure grant funding from private, corporate and government funders. Working directly with the Associate Director of Development-Public and Private Grants, the Intern will be exposed to foundation research and proposal writing, as well as program planning and management.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing grant proposals, reports, and thank you letters to funders
  • Aggregating and compiling participant survey information
  • Conducting prospect research and creating summary charts identifying strong funder prospects
  • Investigating trends and emerging research related to the need for and impact of teaching character education, genocide
    awareness, anti-bullying messages, etc. to enhance grant proposals
  • Working with Education and Collections Museum staff to outline priority programs and projects
  • Other duties on an as-needed basis which may include clerical or research-based functions, and event planning activities

 Qualifications desired:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Detail oriented and professional
  • Creative and flexible

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered.

Special Note:
Writing samples must be submitted with application.
While Museum internships are unpaid, we do participate in university internship credit programs.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern will work directly with the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development on a variety of projects that support the Museum’s mission through social media, marketing and public relations initiatives.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Help to craft and disseminate Museum e-mail communication
  • Maintain archive of Museum publicity.
  • Report on email and social activity
  • Submit events to online calendars
  • Other duties on an as-needed basis which may include clerical or research-based functions.

Qualifications desired:

  • Candidate should be pursuing a BA or MA in the following fields:
    • Marketing, Communications, Journalism, PR, or related field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Candidates must be well organized, creative, flexible, and detail oriented.
  • Must be able to handle a wide range of responsibilities as well as possess a “can do” attitude.
  • Must have outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Familiarity with major email and social media platforms and trends.
  • Prior knowledge of the Holocaust and other genocides is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Physical Requirements: May need to climb up and down stairs; to bend, stoop, and lift or move materials and retrieve files; to pull/push, lift, and carry up to 25 pounds; and to reach both above and below shoulder height.

Internship Schedule:
Flexible during museum administrative office hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm).

Available for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms. However, Summer Interns must commit to a 32 hour per week schedule to be considered.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours.

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) Interns

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace is committed to working toward reconciliation and peace, as well as fighting racism, discrimination and social exclusion. Every year around 180 volunteers, mostly aged between nineteen and twenty five are active for ARSP in thirteen different countries on a variety of educational, historical, political and social projects.

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