About Shedd

Learning Planning and Evaluation Internship

To be considered for this internship opportunity, please send your complete internship application packet to:

John G. Shedd Aquarium
Internship Program
c/o Volunteer Services
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Application deadline for winter/spring 2013 is Saturday, Dec. 15, or until the internship is filled.


Internship Department: Learning Planning and Evaluation

Objective: To review and synthesize current research on science teaching, learning, and assessment, and to apply practices grounded in that research to the development, implementation, and evaluation of Learning Group programs.

• Work collaboratively with Learning Planning and Evaluation staff
• Identify and access venues for research and practitioner-based literature
• Discuss findings, including gaps in the literature or emerging trends
• Assist in coding and analyzing evaluation data

Final Product(s):
• Written research narrative, abstract, or evaluation report
• Bibliography/documentation of sources accessed (i.e. online databases, etc.)

Qualifications:  Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field are preferred. At minimum, applicants must be in their third year of undergraduate study.

Applicants must have:
• Working knowledge of education and learning theory.
• Ability to efficiently retrieve general information using the internet.
• Proficiency at searching academic catalogs or databases.
• Ability to evaluate sources for credibility, validity, and relevance.
• Familiarity with academic writing style, including proper citation.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize information.

Additional preferable traits include: 
• Informal education experience.
• Experience conducting original research/generating data.
• Experience working with qualitative data
• Knowledge or experience with fields outside of education such as psychology, sociology, business, design, technology, etc.

*A research writing sample (i.e. literature review or abstract) not to exceed 10 pages must be submitted.

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Desired Year in School: Junior or senior undergraduate student; graduate student preferred.

Compensation: Unpaid. Interns must make arrangements with their schools to gain academic credit for this internship. Shedd Aquarium is happy to provide any work documentation necessary for this process. 

Desired Majors: Education or related fields; psychology, sociology and sciences also acceptable

Time Commitment: Flexible. This internship would be approximately 15 to 20 hours per week.
Learning Potential: 
• Opportunity to work with others in a large not-for-profit cultural institution
• Contributing to the function of a large informal science education department
• Gaining knowledge on current research in a range of science teaching, learning and assessment areas

To Apply: Print and complete the application packet available on our website. A list of required application documents is on the website.

If you have any questions regarding this internship or our program, please e-mail us at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

Application Deadline:
Winter/spring 2013 is Dec. 15, or until the internship is filled.

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