Applications will be reviewed starting March 1

Final decisions are made by the internship supervisors

  • Internships are intended for Freshmen and Sophomores. Priority consideration will be given to these applications.
  • Students will receive payment for participating in internships.

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On Campus

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum - Positions Filled


Off Campus

The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL) - Positions Filled

Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield, IL)

Senior Roving Naturalist:  (10 positions)
Internship: 8-10 week positions
Internship description: Assist the full-time Interpretive Programs staff in the daily mentoring and coaching of Seasonal Assistant Roving Naturalists and Seasonal Roving Naturalists staff. Engage Zoo guests in celebrating animals and nature by providing all Zoo guests with the opportunity to have a quality, close-up encounter with, but not limited to a variety of domestic and exotic animals (reptiles and invertebrates).  Participate in outreach events off zoo grounds.  Provide interpretive presentations such as daily Zoo Chats throughout the Zoo as needed.  Assist the Interpretive Programs supervisory staff in developing presentations.  
Prerequisites: College enrollment at Benedictine University required. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills required. Must be comfortable speaking in front of the public and using a microphone. Must be able to coach and mentor Roving Naturalists and Assistant Roving Naturalists. Must be outgoing and able to work independently with little supervision. Must be willing and able to work with a variety of invertebrates, including arachnids, crustaceans and insects, as well as reptiles, amphibians, fish and a variety of domestic and exotic animals. Must be open to new experiences. Valid driver’s license required on date of hire. If an Illinois resident, must possess a valid Illinois driver's license at the time of hire or must obtain within 90 days of hire. A valid out-of-state driver's license is required at time of hire for out-of-state residents.
Desirable/Preferred Qualifications:
Coursework in life sciences preferred or an equivalent combination of training and/or work experience in an informal educational setting, ideally at a zoo, aquarium, or nature center providing quality interpretive experiences. Minimum six months supervisory experience preferred, but not required. Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.
Key questions:
What has inspired you to consider an internship as a Senior Roving Naturalist? Describe your feelings on the relevance of zoos in modern society. What does conservation mean to you?
Additional Information:
This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform. Incumbent must have the ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. 
Note:  All interns will complete a Certified Interpretive Guide program as part of their experience.

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (Oak Brook, IL)

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center - Science Camp Assistant  
Internship: 11 weeks (approx. May 29 thru August 18, 2017.  Please note that Science Camps are not scheduled July 3-7, 2017)
Internship description: Assist Science Camp Instructors as they lead children ages 4-15 in nature discovery classes and activities related to the Forest Preserve’s wonderful properties and varied natural areas. Accompany Science Camp Instructors and students on engaging, fun hiking trips in Forest Preserve’s and assist with science‐related indoor and outdoor teaching activities. Interns may have the opportunity to lead lessons based on experience. When camp is not in session, this intern will help develop and design evaluations and 2018 camp curricula with a STEM focus for children ages 4-15.
Prerequisite: Experience with teaching or assisting with the teaching of schoolchildren in a formal or non‐formal setting is required. Basic natural science knowledge is a plus. Must be at least 18 years old.
Desired Characteristics: Working with children ages (4‐15) in an outdoor environment. Experience leading games or activities for a group of children. Experience working with children with special needs. Experience working alongside volunteers. Experience writing lesson or programs for children.

Farmhands Day Camp Assistant
Internship: 10 weeks (approx. June 1, 2017 - August 11, 2017)
Internship description: Assist Farmhands Day Camp Instructors as they lead children ages 7-12 in caring for livestock, cooking on a wood burning stove, and learning 1890s farming skills.  Participants in the Farmhands Day Camp immerse themselves in an 1890s farm while learning math and science, including weighing feed for the animals to make sure they get the proper nutrition from their size and stage of life, mixing up a batch of biscuits or bread sticks, and learning about the chemical reaction that makes bread rise, using a mechanical churn and bubbles to separate butter from cream, and wading in the creek looking for mussel shells.
Prerequisite: Experience with teaching or assisting with the teaching of schoolchildren in a formal or non‐formal setting is required. Basic natural science or history knowledge is a plus. Must be at least 18 years old.
Location: Majority of this work will take place at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County; 525 S. Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, IL.  Some work outdoors will be required.
Desired Characteristics: Experience working with children ages (7-12) in an outdoor environment. Experience leading games or activities for a group of children.  Experience working with children with special needs.  Experience working alongside volunteers.  Experience writing lesson or programs for children.

Forest Preserve District Ranger
Internship: 11 weeks (approx. May 29 thru August 18, 2017) – 2 positions
Internship description: Assist with Ranger-led educational programs throughout the District’s preserves and facilities, with a focus on developing, presenting and evaluating programs and maintaining and organizing program supplies and equipment.  Assist with the operations at various forest preserves throughout DuPage County and the use of the education program trailer.  Support other District public events and programs.
Prerequisite: Knowledge of outdoor recreation and basic natural science principles. Experience with teaching and presenting to groups. Some knowledge of park maintenance is a plus. Must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid Illinois driver’s license.
Desired Characteristics: Experience in outdoor recreation and natural science, particularly local flora and fauna.  Experience in public speaking or program presentation.  Development of programs and/or lesson plans delivered to the general public.  Ability to work various shifts, including holidays and weekends.

Cosley Zoo - (Wheaton, IL)

Before applying for the Cosley Zoo position, please speak with Dr. Wilson at (630) 829-6520 or or stop by Birck 319.

Education Intern
Internship: 12 weeks with a minimum time commitment of 18-20 hours per week with at least one weekend day per week. June-August
Internship description: Education interns are primarily responsible for causal interpretation, presenting information to zoo visitors in an informal way by facilitating mobile biofact carts, duck and chicken feeding opportunities, and public story times. Potential opportunities to help with aspects of the Junior Zookeeper and Summer Teen programs for students ages 12-17 (if you intern on Saturdays).

updated 4/3/17


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Robin Rylaarsdam, Ph.D
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