SUMMARY:

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has several unpaid internships available during the summer of 2015 in the education department. The Trust operates four internationally-known sites (Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL, Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, the Robie House in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL and the Rookery Lobby Tours in the Loop of Chicago) and is recognized as a leader in the restoration and preservation of historic sites, research, education and community outreach.

The Trust’s internship program welcomes students, graduates, and career-changers who wish to broaden their educational experience by working and learning in a professional museum environment. Students interested in cooperative education or academic credit should contact their college placement office or counselor for more information.

Interns are trained and assigned to perform duties that are department specific and which may or may not include tour delivery.

Coordination of the internship program is provided by the human resources manager and attempts will be made to match intern interests with the Trust’s needs. Supervision of specific duties is provided by department managers.

REQUIREMENTS:

Commitment to 10 weeks and/or one academic term with a minimum commitment of 15-30 hours per week of service, with days and times to be scheduled in consultation with supervisor. Hours of service are based on season of year. Although this internship is unpaid, school credit can be provided.

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DUTIES:

  1. Assist the education department in planning and hosting programs. Take registrations, mail packets, collect and/or set up supplies and equipment, greet attendees, and collect/summarize evaluations, and conduct research.
  2. Assist with program delivery depending on training received to give museum tours or deliver special programs.
  3. Participate in and successfully complete interpreter training or participate in and successfully complete self-study interpreter training over the course of the first two weeks of the internship.
  4. Ability to travel to off-site locations.
  5. Ability to work some weekend days and/or evenings.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Computer literacy with working knowledge of MS Office software required. Successful candidate must have accurate keyboarding skills and experience with standard office equipment. Classroom experience through employment, other educational internships or academic requirements is preferred. Interest in and aptitude for customer service; ability to interact in a helpful manner with students and teachers of all ability levels and ethnic backgrounds at Trust sites and at off-site locations; ability to work independently and as part of a team; must be able to provide own transportation.

ENVIRONMENT:

Administrative offices are located in a downtown historic building. Oak Park and Hyde Park Preservation Trust sites are located in multi-level work areas not accessible to the mobility impaired. Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use as well as travel to off-site locations. Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment. Equal opportunity employer.

HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS/INSTRUCTION:

Interns are advised of OSHA standards through required signage and administrative updates compliant with federal and state law.

DISCLAIMER:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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