(Class of 2022)
This page provides a resource hub of program information, specific to your class as a Kemper Scholar.
Please utilize the sections below to inform your decisions and preparation for your Chicago nonprofit summer experience and tasks due throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Reminders and goals work
Kemper Scholars Program Tasks (“Follow Up”)
Throughout each year in the program, you will be asked to complete various tasks.
These tasks are required. If a Kemper Scholar misses three task deadlines, they will be put on probation from the Program. Five missed task deadlines will result in removal from the Program, foregoing all scholarship, internship and mentorship.
Please refer to the timeline below for what to expect as far as workflow around these tasks:
Fall Tasks [Due Sep 30]
- SMART Goals Fall Y1
- Scheduling call with Foundation staff
- Annual Resume Submission and LinkedIn Review
Winter Tasks [Due Feb 10]
- SMART Goals Spring Y1
- Scheduling meeting with Foundation staff on campus (work with your Campus Coordinator)
- Grade Report
Spring Tasks [Due Apr 15]
- Chicago Summer Questionnaire
Summer Tasks [Due Jun 15]
- Grade Report
- Summer Internship Information – Post Sophomore Summer
- Annual Conference Registration
Chicago Summer Experience
In order to prepare you for next summer’s internship and professional development experiences in Chicago, this section includes the DRAFT summer calendar as well as guidelines regarding travel preparations and details regarding housing arrangements.
Your Chicago Summer internship will take place at a Chicago nonprofit organization that Foundation staff have matched you with based on your interests, strengths, and the needs of each organization.
Organizations are selected for their capacity to provide serious, project-oriented work and for their willingness to mentor Kemper Scholars as you develop the professional skills required to successfully contribute to any organization.
- American Cancer Society
- 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
Preparations for Your Chicago Summer Experience (2020):
Look ahead and keep in mind these dates as the lead up to your arrival in Chicago.
Complete your Goals Call with Foundation Staff
Discuss the progress you have made on your semester goals and discuss timeline and next steps for your Chicago nonprofit internship match.
Week of Thanksgiving
Foundation Staff will send you your assigned nonprofit internship site.
Foundation Staff will be in touch with you to inform you of your nonprofit internship match, and an e-introduction will be made to introduce you to your potential internship host site.
Schedule and complete your Skype or phone interview with your internship site.
Following e-introductions made via Foundation staff, connect with your internship site to schedule and confirm your interview. This will likely take place after the new year due to end-of-the-year fundraising taking place in December for many organizations.
Receive summer stipend for travel costs and Chicago summer needs.
This stipend will serve as a resource to purchase your travel to and from Chicago and will serve as your wages for your summer work with your designated nonprofit.
Begin booking or researching travel reservations to get to and from Chicago soon in order to access best pricing.
By March 31
Complete summer prep work as outlined in email from Foundation staff by March 31st.
This includes submitting roommate preferences, completing an online Strong Interest Inventory/Meyer-Briggs and the Chicago Summer Questionnaire in Foundant.
Tuesday June 2
Arrive to University Center no later than 12pm.
This is your move-in date to University Center, and the day will conclude with a Welcome Dinner with Jerry and Jenn.