Community-Based Internship 

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…


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 Office of Risk Management
  • Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Northwestern University Office of Risk Management
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Taproot Foundation
  • University of Chicago Office of Risk Management
  • WorldChicago

WEekly Programming

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…


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.


We will be accepting applications beginning Friday, August 21, 2020.