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Job listing closed on 2 Mar 2024
8 Feb 2024


🇺🇸 Lake Forest, IL, USA
0+ years exp.

Title:  Photography Associate

Department:  Content & Production

Reports To:  Director of Content & Production

How to Apply:


The Associate Development Program is a paid 12-month full-time (temporary) experience designed for new or recent graduates who are looking to grow their professional sports experience. The format allows for structured professional development and hands-on learning.

We are seeking a seasonal photographer who is passionate about football to help lead projects, develop creative assets, assist our full-time photographer, and edit photos for our digital media properties. This role works out of our headquarters – Halas Hall – located in Lake Forest, IL.

Program Dates: Monday, June 3, 2024 – Friday, May 23, 2025 

Who We Are

As one of the founding franchises of the NFL, family is the core of who we are. We’re different from other companies. Our people represent a vast array of cultural backgrounds, human experiences and perspectives and we believe they, collectively and as authentic individuals, are our greatest resource. Our working environment is one where your talent and contributions are valued by the organization and the community. We believe every person matters and we can collectively achieve success through integrity, respect, a team-first mentality, open communication, and trust.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Chicago Bears organization continues to deepen its commitment to establishing an inclusive, equitable work environment that reflects the diversity within our communities and fan base. We value, respect, and appreciate diversity at all levels, on and off the field, and are guided by a vision of success that includes integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our club's DNA and culture.

As such, we recognize the additional hurdles marginalized communities may face when applying for a job. Don’t meet every requirement for the role but feel you have many of the skills needed? Please apply! Our culture is rooted in providing the resources needed for all staff to succeed, including job specific training. We want you to help us achieve our goals and to be part of one of most storied franchises in all of sport.


  • Photograph community and special events
  • Apply metadata to photos
  • Maintain image archives
  • Assist with building photo galleries from training camp, practices, gameday, and other various club events  
  • Edit, retouch photos for various media platforms (social, digital, etc.) 
  • Coordinate daily art content, find, and suggest compelling images, develop templates
  • Communicate with staff to ensure social needs are met
  • Support FT photographer on gameday by running card and uploading photos for use on social and other platforms
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Degree in photography, journalism, and/or equivelant experince or related field 
  • Previous experience in sports preferred
  • Demonstrated photography and photo editing experience including proficiency in Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Photo Mechanic. Experience using Photoshelter a plus
  • Ability to conceptualize and demonstrate skillful storytelling, strong decision making and the ability to produce and distribute work in real time, while working with the Bears brand team on long-term projects 
  • Strong knowledge of current social media trends 
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and handle feedback with ease
  • Ability to show engagement and collaboration with departments across the Bears organization  
  • Strong teamwork aptitude and intrinsically motivated by the desire to see a group succeed as opposed to individual accolades. 
  • Confident and disciplined work ethic to produce efficiently on tight deadlines  
  • Possess excellent relationship building and communication skills to include the ability to gain the trust of players, coaches and staff required.  
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to travel to various sites and events across the Chicagoland area

What We Offer

We remain committed to upholding the standard of being a first-class organization and employer of choice. Our goal is to provide quality support and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for our most important resource, our people.


Our Associate Program offerings include but are not limited to:

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid PTO (5 days) & Sick Time (2 days)
  • Complimentary Bears gear kit
  • Complimentary breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks
  • Access to onsite gym facilities + Bears Fit
  • Eligible for medical insurance
  • Networking opportunities
  • And more


  • Quarterly programming & professional development
  • Assignment of a “buddy” from another department
  • Formal check-ins for Associates and managers through surveys and live conversations
  • Two Associate dedicated social events
  • Associate dedicated Microsoft Teams chat

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. Chicago Bears Football Club, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.