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Calling all Chicago youth interested in photography, podcasting, and exploring the city’s history! CHM’s Chicago Learning Collaborative (CLC) is running two paid programs in partnership with One Summer Chicago.

Summer programs run from Monday, July 5, to Friday, August 13. Applicants must be available for a virtual interview and orientation. Youth must be a Chicago resident, have proof of address, and meet the age requirements. Deadline to apply is Thursday, June 10.


Chi Gazing – Snapshots and Stories

Designed for ages 16–18

Inspired by CHM’s newest exhibition, Vivian Maier: In Color, teens are invited to explore Chicago through the medium of photography. The exhibition features images representing themes of perspective and positionality and relationships between photographer and subject. Participants will use follow these themes as they photograph spaces in their neighborhoods, producing works that reveal their own perspectives on, and relationships to, their neighborhoods. The teens will then curate their work in an online exhibition.

Teens will engage with photographers, Museum staff, historians, community activists, and artists to gain skills in photography mechanics and techniques, background information on photography in Chicago, historical context on Chicago neighborhoods, and graphic design skills.

Key features and project outcomes include:

  • Interactive fieldwork–photography in their neighborhoods
  • Workshops with industry professionals, exploration of Chicago neighborhood and photodocumentation histories, and curator-led experiences in CHM’s exhibitions
  • Curation of an online photography experience that utilizes new skills


Youth Historians

Designed for ages 16–21

Participants will research, develop, and produce content for a podcast series aimed at a teen audience as well as educator resources by teens for teens. Youth will have access to the Museum’s resources, staff, and communities to conduct historical research on their chosen topics. Podcast episodes will be posted on the Museum website and shared with Chicago educators as classroom resources. Participants will also produce classroom articles on their research topics to share their discoveries with other students. The work will be incorporated into existing CHM/CLC school programs to maximize the audience and reach of youth-created resources.


How to Apply

  1. Interested youth should first submit an application through One Summer Chicago. Youth must sign up for the Department of Family Services and KLEO and save their registration number.
  2. Once the One Summer Chicago application has been submitted and youth have received their registration code, they must complete the Museum application.

What you will need for hiring: State ID or state driver’s license, social security card of ITIN, and proof of address.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, June 10. You may apply to both programs but can be selected to participate in only one program. Completing the application(s) does not guarantee a summer job. If selected, you will be contacted via the email address you used to complete your application(s).

Members of the Chinese Student Association at Northwestern University prepare for Chinese New Year in Evanston, Illinois, Jan. 5, 1993. ST-12001818-0059, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Six teenage boys in arcade inside a video store, Chicago, 1987. CHM, ICHi-061217; James Newberry, photographer
Athletes from Morgan Park HS compete in girls' track invitational at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, April 1, 1989. ST-19040728-0011, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Pat Salmon, Director of the Back of the Yards Council and former gang member, speaks with students in the Back of the Yards community area around 1751 W. 47th St., Chicago, March 4, 1985. ST-20001748-0001, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
Members of the Puerto Rican community march from Humboldt Park to the Daley Center via N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, June 11, 1977. ST-70006523-0010, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories