Production Internship (fall 2018 – spring 2019)

Submitted by fest500 on Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:52pm

Position Title: Production Internship (fall 2018 – spring 2019)

Reports to: Manager, Production

The Chicago Humanities Festival Audience Experience Department seeks an energetic and enthusiastic intern with production and design experience to help support the improvement of front of house operations and technical capabilities at new and existing venues. Candidates should be eager to participate and support the inner workings of a festival producing over 100 public programs at over 20 venues. This internship program will require a commitment of 14-21 hours a week for 3 to 9 months,startinginearlyAugust 2018andendinginlateNovember2018.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Designingvenuefloorplanstosupporttheimprovementoftheaudienceexperiencebefore,during,andafterfestival programs.
  • Helpingsupporttheresearchandimplementationofupgradingvideo,lighting,andsoundcapabilitiesatsomefestival venues. Exploring new and emerging technologies to implement during festival to enhance audience experience.
  • Attending site visits, collecting venue information and specs, and closely documenting information for internal use.  
  • Working closely with the production team to produce select CHF programs and events. Duties may include communicatingwithartists,presenters,partners,venues,and vendors;determiningtechnicalrequirements; confirmingandaugmentingrequirementsasneeded;andtrackinginformationinCHF'sCMSdatabasetoensure alldetailsaremetduringtheFestival.
  • Helping maintain the festival archive databaseand transfer existing and new information
  • Providing logistical support at fall Festival programs as well as year roundevents, including stage management, audio and visual support, and post event reconciliation.
  • Requesting and tracking presenter media and working closely with the marketing department to integrate into CHF media presentations.
  • Preparing supplementary material for seasonal staff members and volunteers (i.e. tech sheets, schedules, venue production boxes).
  • Other duties asassigned

Skills Level:

Candidates should have previous production or special event experience and enjoy complex multi-layered projects. A firm understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as a basic understanding of Adobe and Photoshop is required. Ideal candidates must exemplify a close attention to detail and must exhibit a strong willingness to learn. Interest in the humanities is strongly preferred. Experience with Filemaker Pro and other databases is a plus.

How to apply:

Please submit the following by August 30, 2018:

Application(availableat,coverletter(includinghowyouheardaboutthe internship),resume,oneortwolettersofrecommendation,andabriefpersonalstatement.

Yourpersonalstatementshouldbe no longer than 500 wordsandincludeyourcareergoalsandwhatyouhopetocontributetothe Festival.

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About the Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. The Festival envisions a city and society in which its members engage in thoughtful dialogue, explore a diversity of ideas and come together to find positive solutions. Collaborating with many of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 130 events annually all across Chicago. CHF has a national reputation for featuring some of today’s most important, influential and inspiring minds—exceptional authors, scholars, journalists, performers and visual artists—both on stage and online.

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The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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