The thermometer has finally kissed the single digits goodbye, the lakefill is promising plenty of days for catching rays and the countdown to Dillo Day has begun – Spring Quarter is officially here.

Whether the idea of leaving the “Northwestern bubble” in favor of having your laundry done and mom’s home-cooked meals for three months has you counting down the days until your flight home or bored out of your mind in anticipation, consider the benefits of staying on campus to enjoy the best weather Chicago has to offer and get some career experience to put you ahead of the pack in the fall.

So before you resign yourself to a summer free of responsibility, re-do your resume and check-out these awesome internships in the windy city on CareerCat.

1.       COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERNSHIP @ SHEDD AQUARIUM

Interested in a career in the world of PR? Like fish? This may be your perfect job. Interns at Shedd will be responsible for dealing with the media, writing press releases, coordinating press events, producing research on industry-relevant news and assisting the staff with internal communications needs. This is an unpaid internship that is eligible for school credit.

CareerCat Description: The candidate will gain a solid grounding in their public relations skills needed to understand and navigate the media world for a nonprofit organization. The candidate will be exposed to local, regional and national media and involved in promoting Shedd’s programs, events and educational opportunities.

2.       DIRECTOR Of PROGRAMS @ A BETTER CHICAGO

A Better Chicago offers its interns experience with a major philanthropy fund in the Chicago metropolitan area. This internship is particularly suited for applicants with a soft spot for kids as its primary focus is K-12 education and workforce development. The organization works to support non-profits and would boost the resume of anyone looking for a career in this sector. Major duties include developing portfolio strategies and project methodologies, leading due diligence efforts for candidate organizations, as well as represent A Better Chicago at conferences, fundraising events and other meetings as necessary.

CareerCat Description: The Director of Programs will be responsible for developing and implementing A Better Chicago’s grant-making and technical assistance strategy. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Programs will be part of A Better Chicago’s management team and will be a thought partner on key strategic and organizational decisions. This is an ideal opportunity for an entrepreneurial individual to play a leadership role in building an organization that aspires to be a leader in Chicago’s philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

3. EDITORIAL INTERN @ CARS.COM

Medillians: CareerCat has something for you too! Cars.com is offering an editorial intern for its online production group. Obviously content will be geared towards automotive customers, so being a “gearhead” is a plus but not required. Interns will work on producing content as well as research analysis.

CareerCat Description: This 12-week paid position (20 hours a week) will provide candidates with the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of online publishing and consumer-focused journalism while working within a 10-person editorial team for a major national website. Projects and work duties will support cars.com Buying Guides, Auto Shows, Advice and other site content areas.

4. SUSTAINABILITY INTERN @ NUCUISINE DINING SERVICES

If you spear-headed a recycling initiative for your dorm freshman year, get excited and bring your enthusiasm to NU to bulk up your (paperless) resume. Interns for nuCuisine will primarily focus on developing and implementing sustainable initiatives for the Evanston and Chicago campuses, in addition to researching local sustainable items, and act as a spokesperson for the initiative both internally and to the greater Northwestern community.

CareerCat Description: nuCuisine Dining Services at Northwestern University is looking for a sustainability intern that will help develop and drive sustainability initiatives. Start internship in the spring, summer or fall; summer hours may be limited due to level of business. Would prefer a sophomore or junior that will be interested in working 2 – 3 years in this position. 12 – 15 hours per week; flexible schedule ($10 -$12 per hour).

5. PRODUCTION ENTERTAINMENT INTERN @ NAVY PIER

Have a flair for party planning? Interested in being back stage rather than on stage? Use your social and organizational skills to help plan events, shows and special performances at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Interns with an interest in a career in arts management, entertainment or special events will be especially suited to the job.
CareerCat Description: We are looking for current undergraduate or graduate students in Theater, Music, Arts Management, Communications, Humanities, Marketing or a related field. The intern should possess excellent Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Internet Explorer skills. Superior organizational and communication skills as well as professionalism are a must. He/she must maintain excellent verbal and writing skills and the ability to field inquiries from the public. The hours vary and flexible schedule is required. Candidates must be able and willing to work mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

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