Chicago Children's Museum

The mission of Chicago Children's Museum is to improve children's lives by creating communities where play and learning connect. Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) is a not-for-profit 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, and Museums for All programs, among others. These access and inclusion initiatives include a focus on serving children who are/have: Teen parents, developmental delays or disabilities or live in poverty and deep poverty. As a Museums for All partner, as an example, 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.

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.


Chicago, IL

Internship Description

The main focus of the Special Events/Development intern will be planning and logistical work related to Chicago Children's Museum's 2022 Gala. Attended by businesses and community leaders, the annual Gala raises roughly $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.
  • Work with production crews and talent in the development of a multimedia presentation on the Museum’s mission.
  • 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.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

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

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate has:

  • 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

  • Any academic paper 3-5 pages that highlights candidate's writing skills.

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Vaccinations
  • References