Chicago Children's Museum

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Chicago Children's Museum


Chicago, Illinois

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Rachel Mrkaich '21, Allison Glossinger '19, Camilla Zecker '19, Melana Hammel '18

Organization Description
The mission of Chicago Children's Museum is to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) is a not-forprofit 501(c)(3) cultural institution, with roughly 130 full and part-time employees. Among Chicago Children’s Museum’s core beliefs is that play is the right of every child, regardless of ability, background or income. Included here are some of free programs and discounts ensure children, families, educators and community servants from Chicago and the nation have a safe, welcoming place to play and learn when they enter Chicago Children’s Museum. Over 140,000 children and families visit the museum each year through Free Family Nights, the Field Trip Scholarship Program, Museums for All, and WePlay Young Parent Playgroup program, among others. These access and inclusion initiatives include a focus on serving children who are/have: Teen parents, part of the child welfare system (foster care/intact family), developmental delays or disabilities or poverty and deep poverty. As a Museums for All partner, we offer any Illinois family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT or WIC card, admission to the museum for up to 6 people for $3. Free Family Night and Subsidized Transportation, WePlay and Play For All events invite children and families with disabilities to experience Chicago Children's Museum's inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. Our organization would greatly benefit from sponsoring a Princeton intern due to the extensive nature of fundraising research and fall event planning that would characterize their position with CCM. We've held a long-standing relationship with Princeton in this capacity, and our organization is always grateful for Princeton interns' skills in leadership, organization, commitment, and department-specific planning.

Internship Description
The main focus of the Special Events/Development intern will be the silent auction of Chicago Children's Museum's 2018 Gala. Attended by nearly 600 businesses and community leaders, the annual Gala raises more than $800,000 to support the museum's innovative exhibits, educational programming, and community access initiatives. This internship is a great opportunity for someone interested in development, events, and communications to take ownership of a large fundraising project and see it through from beginning to end.

Tasks include:

  • Strategically research and solicit items for silent auction for a total of approximately 150 auction packages.
  • Write creative descriptions and design display slides to promote each silent auction item.
  • Maintain Excel files and records of auction items solicited and received.
  • Smaller projects with other departments may be available.
  • Work with Rasier’s Edge fundraising software

As mentioned, this internship is a great opportunity for the intern to exhibit autonomy over a large-scale project focused on development and event planning.

Internship Qualifications
Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to organize multifaceted projects, excellent written and verbal communication skills, enthusiasm for creative writing, knowledge of computer systems (Word, Excel, Power Point), attention to detail, the ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects, and to work effectively under pressure.

**Writing Sample Required: Cover letter and Museum provided writing sample

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
5/28/19 -8/9/19

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Additional Requirements include:

  • Background check
  • Reference checks

There are numerous hotels or subleases providing extended stay availability. The University of Illinois at Chicago also has temporary housing over the summer.

There may be occasional morning or early evening meetings.

**Writing Sample Required: Cover letter and writing sample

Evaluation Excerpt

I learned how to interact in the workplace and the internship really opened my eyes to all of the behind the scenes work that goes into the organization to keep it running successfully.
—Camilla Zecker '19

I loved the times I met with Charlene this summer. Not only did we share some amazing food and meet-up with other great PICS interns and their mentors, but I learned a lot from the stories she told. I had never had such a close connection with an alum before, and I really learned what it is like to be an alum and how to stay involved with the Princeton community after graduation. I think the alumni partner component is an important part of the PICS experience because it is not something you can get from ordinary internships.
—Allison Glossinger '19

CCM is definitely pushing to expand its programs which empower increased access of the museum to disadvantaged populations. —Rachel Mrkaich '21

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here