About Shedd

Human Resources 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 summer 2013 is April 15.

Internship Title: Human resources internship 
Internship Department: Human Resources 

Objective: Develop skills and experience/exposure to the following areas of human resources:

• Talent acquisition and onboarding
• Applicant tracking systems and HRIS systems
• Wellness initiatives
• Job description analysis/development
• Organizational charts

Responsibilities: This intern will assist the HR director, manager and coordinator in the above-mentioned core areas of human resources. Specifically, the intern may assist with background checks, conducting phone screens, paper filing of confidential documents, updates to the intranet, observing and participating in the onboarding process, assisting the director with wellness-program initiatives and other HR functions and duties.

Final Product(s): New talent for Shedd, which the intern has assisted in selecting; the development of an enhanced wellness program; an updated HR page of the intranet and job description design/analysis exposure.

Qualifications: A desirable candidate must be outgoing, work well with teams and independently, be able to multi-task, be detail-oriented, think creatively and effectively manage his or her time. Previous internship or job experience in human resources helpful, but not required. Good verbal and written communication skills is a must. Must maintain confidentiality. Proficient with Microsoft Office. A strong desire to learn about human resources in a not-for-profit setting.

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Desired Year in School: Junior, senior, or grad 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: Undergraduate or graduate study in human resources or any social sciences field. Time commitment: 15 to 20 hours per week; schedule is flexible based on availability. For training purposes, Wednesday availability is preferred and Thursday availability is preferred due to weekly staff meetings.
Learning Potential: Exposure to a variety of human resources-related issues as they relates to a not-for-profit institution with a focus on zoos and aquariums. Ability to manage, organize and communicate various aspects of our structured internship program throughout the organization.

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 questions about this internship or our program, please e-mail us at internship@sheddaquarium.org.

Application Deadline:
Summer 2013 is April 15 or until the internship is filled.

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