Summer Internships for Rising Juniors
Following sophomore year, Kemper Scholars complete a 10-week summer experience that includes an 8-week Community-Based Internship with a Chicago not-for-profit organization, together with pre-internship orientation, weekly professional development seminars, and the Kemper Scholars Annual Conference.
The Community-Based Internships introduce Scholars to office relationships, procedures, processes and technology in a safe, supportive space. In addition, working in a not-for-profit gives Scholars the opportunity to tackle projects that have direct impact on the community.
The Kemper Foundation supports Scholars during Community-Based Internships with a $5,000 stipend, paid housing, weekly seminars, cultural outings, and mentoring and coaching.
The highlight of the program was the challenges I faced at my nonprofit internship…
WESTON DELL | ’21 SCHOLAR
Community-Based Internship Partners
Chicago not-for-profit organizations are selected as internship host sites by invitation only from the James S. Kemper Foundation.
Organizations are selected for their capacity to provide serious, project-oriented work and for their willingness to mentor Kemper Scholars as they develop the professional skills required to successfully contribute to any organization.
- American Cancer Society
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Chicago Architecture Center
- Chicago History Museum
- Field Museum
- JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
- Joffrey Ballet
- Loyola University Chicago Business Office
- Metropolitan Planning Council
- Northwestern University Office of Risk Management
- Shedd Aquarium
- Taproot Foundation
During the Community-Based Internships in Chicago, Scholars participate in weekly programming to enhance their work experience and build skills.
Weekly full-day professional development seminar topics include:
- Networking, resume-building, interviewing, LinkedIn
- Introduction to the insurance industry and careers
- Presentation and communication skills
- Career exploration and job search strategies
- “Thinking on your feet” improv skills
- Group discussion and reflection
Additional group outings are scheduled for team-building and to better acquaint Scholars with Chicago and its rich culture.
The connections and the bonds that I have made while being a part of this program is something that I wouldn’t trade for the world…
OSCAR MAGDALENO-RODRIGUEZ | ’21 SCHOLAR
Community-Based Internship Time Commitment
Participation in the Kemper Scholars Program requires that Scholars have a full 10 weeks between the end of spring term and the beginning of fall term in order to complete their Community-Based Internship, participate in professional development seminars and attend the Annual Conference.
Travel to Chicago for move-in and the return home or to school following the conference is generally accommodated over the weekend before and after the 10-week program.