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John G Shedd Aquarium

Internship - Diversity Recruiting & Training - Fall 2022

Internship: Diversity Recruiting & Training
Season: Fall 2022 (Approx Oct-Dec)
Location: Onsite
Application Deadline: Monday August 22 at 9am CST
Internship Overview: 

In this internship, you will help develop our approach to recruiting diverse talent and shaping the partnerships that enable us to reach more communities and individuals. In addition, investigate training best practices that support diversity priorities for recruiting, interviewing and retaining employees.  

At Shedd Aquarium, we believe that just as the aquatic world encompasses a vast spectrum of species, communities, and unique characteristics, we are also committed to welcoming and celebrating the individual differences that make us collectively beautiful and diverse. We celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion here and Shedd and everywhere we work.  We practice values of diversity, equity and inclusion comprehensively through Shedd culture, workforce, workplace, vendor selection, programs and experiences.   

Learning Objectives: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of diversity initiatives in a non-profit setting.
  • Develop knowledge of industry best practices around analyzing and improving diversity within an organization.
  • Practice creating trainings to inform and advance diversity across all levels of an organization.

Responsibilities & Projects: 

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values 
  • Partner with the Assistant Director of HR to develop a deep understanding of the current state and needs with regards to diversity recruiting.  
  • Analyze recruiting processes to identify improvement opportunities related to diversity.  
  • In partnership with staff, establish and develop thoughtful partnerships with organizations focused on underrepresented talent.  
  • Assist with Monitoring recruiting and staff metrics, reporting back to Assistant Director and Senior Vice President on determined KPIs.   
  • Research best practices for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to staff and candidate diversity.  
  • Work with Director of Training to develop and understanding of diversity training history and how to move training forward future focused. 
  • Research best practices and strategize on diversity training initiatives across the organization.  
  • Other projects as assigned 


Fields of Interest: 

  • Business, Communications, Human Resources, Organizational Development, or related field  


  • A team player who is able to translate diversity and recruiting needs into actionable insights  
  • Ability to establish strong relationships   
  • A passion and persistence for improving the efficacy of diversity recruiting strategies and a solid understanding of its importance.   
  • Have a high school diploma or GED. 

Time & Compensation: 

  • This is a non-exempt, temporary position that pays $15.40 per hour
  • We anticipate this position will be scheduled for 24 hours per week for 10 weeks, pending business needs and individual performance.
  • Preferred schedule: Flexible within normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
  • Set schedule based on intern availability. 

We welcome applications from all levels of experience, including those seeking career exploration or changes, gap year students, freshmen, sophomores, and those seeking first internships. 
We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, Veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply. Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. 
If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs). 



How to Apply

Please apply online on our website:

John G Shedd Aquarium
1200 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-692-3167

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