Note to Applicants:

Due to the Presidential Proclamation suspending the J-1 Visa program until further notice, we are currently unable to consider any applications from candidates without existing work authorization for the US market. We thank you for your understanding and encourage affected applicants to consider re-applying at a later date once the J-1 Visa program has resumed.

Compensation: $1800/month
Dates: May 2021 start date until the end of February/March 2022


Who we are:

The mission of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) is to promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States. All internships offer the opportunity to gain work experience in a truly bilingual and bicultural environment, with support from colleagues that can help speed the learning curve of understanding intercultural differences and nuances.

The Christkindlmarket Chicago is the most authentic traditional holiday market of its kind outside of Europe, offering a unique shopping experience, family-friendly events & intercultural activities. It brings a cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm to Chicago. Chicago’s Christkindlmarket was first conceptualized in 1995.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest Inc. (GACC Midwest) was seeking alternative ways to promote bilateral trade between the USA and Germany. The market was an instant success and continues to flourish through the work of GACC Midwest’s subsidiary, German American Events, LLC. In 2020, the Christkindlmarket was a virtual event for the first time in its history, offering various products for sale on the new Christkindlmarket website, which also hosted a series of virtual events.

Responsibilities:

  • Support all aspects of organizing one of the world’s largest holiday markets outside of Germany on-site and virtually
  • Assist with activities related to event planning and coordination, for example the logistics behind the scenes, organizing entertainment for the market, and performing important administrative tasks
  • Sponsorship research, outreach, and acquisition
  • Assist in e-commerce related activities
  • On-site market support during the months of November and December, including interacting with visitors, assisting with the support of vendors needs and helping to prepare the venue for dining experiences and performances
  • Interact with visitors and customers in person and virtually showing excellent customer service

    Requirements:

    • Current university student or recent graduate
    • Strong research, communication, and organizational skills (verbal and written, German language skills are of advantage)
    • Programming, developing and website coding experience desired
    • Strong interest in full-cycle event planning and behind the scenes logistics
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft office programs
    • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign are of advantage
    • Strong customer service skill