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Saloni Dar

Production Intern

Reports to: Manager, Production

Supervises: n/a

Classification: Part-time, member of Production / Audience Experience department

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. Collaborating with nearly 40 of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 100 events annually and partners with nearly 40 venues around Chicago annually, as well as stewards a vibrant online home for the humanities.

CHF has an international reputation for innovation and creativity, featuring an exceptional roster of writers, scholars, performers, and visual artists in its programs and online.


The Chicago Humanities Festival Production Department seeks an energetic and enthusiastic intern for a paid role within the production department. Candidates should have some production experience and be eager to participate and support the inner workings of a festival producing over 50 public programs at venues all over the city of Chicago. This internship program will require a commitment of 14-21 hours a week for 4 to 6 months, starting in August 2022 and ending no sooner than mid/late-November 2022.


candidates should have some previous production management, production, or special event experience and enjoy complex multi-layered projects. A firm understanding of the Google Workspace, Zoom, and PowerPoint as well as a basic understanding of Adobe is required. Ideal candidates must exemplify a close attention to detail and must exhibit a strong willingness to learn. Experience with Docusign, Asana, or other project management/database tools is a plus.


  • Preparing supplementary material for seasonal staff members and volunteers ( sheets, schedules, venue production boxes).
  • Providing logistical support at fall Festival programs as well as year round events, including stage management, audio and visual support, and post event reconciliation.
  • Attending site visits, collecting venue information and specs, and closely documenting information for internal use.
  • Supporting the mapping of camera and audience services placements on venue floor plans.
  • Requesting and tracking presenter media and working closely with the marketing and programming departments to integrate into CHF media presentations.
  • Work closely with the production team to produce select CHF programs and events.
  • Tracking information in CHF's Asana workflow to ensure all details are handled during the Festival.
  • Helping maintain the Festival archive database and transfer existing and new information.
  • Quality assurance (formatting, grammatical errors, playback) for event power points/presentation media.
  • Assist Tech Coordinator with media preparation on playback devices
  • Assist Tech Coordinator with packing equipment/materials for events/shows.
  • Work closely with the Audience Services team to fulfill duties as required.
  • Other departmental duties as assigned


This is a paid internship with an hourly rate depending on the position.

Work Location and COVID-19 Policies

As part of our commitment to providing a healthy and safe workplace, CHF is requiring employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 within the first week of employment. If a vaccination is not possible, a request for a medical or religious exemption can be made with Human Resources.

We work in a hybrid model with two days in office and other days worked remotely. While working remotely, you will have access to a laptop computer and a $25 per pay period ($50/month) stipend to offset home internet and personal phone expenses.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Festival is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace, where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and policies. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

To Apply

Email the following materials to Claire Haupt, Production Manager at

  • Cover letter and/or Personal Statement (<500 words, please include career goals and what you hope to learn at CHF)
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2-3 professional references and/or letters of recommendation

We’ll continue to accept applications until the position is filled, but we ask that applications are submitted by Monday, August 15, 2022. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified via email. Thank you! We look forward to reviewing your materials. Email applications only to appropriate email inbox. No phone calls or personal emails please.

The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Contact Info:
Claire Haupt, Production Manager
Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Chicago, IL