Assistant Executive Director Intern


Foodseum is Chicago’s first nonprofit food museum. That’s right, a physical space completely dedicated to helping anyone discover their passion for food. Through interactive exhibits, educational seminars, unique content, events and programming, Foodseum provides a window into the history, people, farm-to-fork transformations, preparations, international flavors and much more behind the food we all enjoy.

Foodseum is searching for an outgoing and energetic self-starter with a passion for food, culture and education. The Assistant Executive Director Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and Operations Director to provide strategic direction for and motivate Foodseum's core volunteer team. Regularly interfacing with the core volunteer team the Assistant Executive Director Intern will represent the Executive Board, Executive Director and the organization communicating strategic goals and and objectives. These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the clear definition of long-term mission, strategy, goals and objectives
  • Assisting in the clear definition of short-term strategic campaigns
  • Motivate and encourage the core volunteers
  • Organize and track metrics for the success of goals for each core team function
  • Facilitate communication between all core team members
  • Ability to publicly answer questions to the press or other interested parties regarding the mission and strategy for the organization 
  • Work with the Executive Director to obtain any additional resources or volunteers to assist with accomplishing the defined strategy
  • Providing learning opportunities, encouragement, and leadership to the core team
  • Host regularly occurring virtual/in-person meetings to coordinate the team

The Assistant Executive Director Intern will be an integral part of the Foodseum team, and will be a key component to the growth of Chicago's first nonprofit food museum. This is an excellent opportunity to work with an innovative high-profile, high-growth nonprofit looking to make a significant impact on Chicago's future.


  • Based in Chicago
  • High level of emotional intelligence
  • Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience managing others
  • The ability to manage multiple campaigns simultaneously through excessive organization and communication
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to help other team members through it
  • Experience working with various project management tools
  • Open mind and desire to learn and work closely with a multi-faceted team
  • Enjoyment in keeping up with the latest trends in the food industry and culinary arena
  • Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively
  • Solid understanding of Google Docs, Dropbox, and Microsoft Office


This position is summer internship requiring a commitment of 20 hr / week beginning in May 2016. This position is unpaid, class credit is available upon request.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Kyle Joseph at