Opportunities at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum


Student Employment

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum provides a unique and fulfilling work environment for Benedictine University students. The museum hires students from any major, and no prior museum experience is necessary.

Students may apply to be trained as docents or as student researchers. Docents maintain the public hours of the museum and make sure all guests are warmly welcomed when they visit. Docents must be willing to work with children of all ages and help with tours of the museum as needed. Student researchers assist with specimen inventory and cataloging, creation and maintenance of the museum's Discovery Boxes, exhibit formation, and other research projects.

Students interested in applying for a job at the museum should e-mail the director-curator, Mrs. Tumminello, at ktumminello@ben.edu to request an application. 

Current hiring status: We are not currently hiring any undergraduate positions.
                                      We have one graduate student position available.

Must be a current student of Benedictine University.
Federal Work Study is available, but not required.

Pay rate: $8.25 per hour

Jr. Internships

The museum provides a unique learning environment that inspires life science education. We have expanded our outreach services to include a Jr. Internship program for local 6th - 12th grade students. This program provides hands-on learning experiences and interactive demonstrations exemplifying the work and research conducted at a natural history museum. Topics include collections care, the inventory and catalog processes, museum education, and exhibit research. 


This free program is limited to 10 students.

Please contact the curator, Karly Tumminello, for more information: (630) 829-6531 or ktumminello@ben.edu

Internships in Museum Studies

Graduate and undergraduate internships are now available at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. All internships are tailored to coursework requirements and focus on skill building.

Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university, and must pursue credit through their institution. Students must enter into an internship contract and commit to a set schedule. Most internships last between 14 and 16 weeks. Shorter internship, volunteer, or practicum experiences are also available.

Internship topics can include museum education and outreach, exhibit design, museum management, collections care and inventory, event organization, or other topics of study related to a student's previous coursework.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 2 positions available per semester

For details, please contact Mrs. Tumminello at ktumminello@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6531.
Applications must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to intended internship start date.
Interns must complete a background check before beginning their internship.

All internships are unpaid.


Contact us:
Benedictine University
Birck Hall of Science, Rm 222
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 829-6569


Reflections from our Student Workers:

"Working at the museum has broadened my knowledge and experience regarding different species and how they are preserved. As a docent, I was able to give a few tours and guide students around the museum, conversing with them about the interesting species and stories that have led up to establish the museum. As a student researcher, I was surprised by the amount of information that can be learned about the specimens in the discovery boxes. I learned about some really interesting facts and features of the specimens that I have been working on over the past year."  ~T.N.

"After working at the museum I feel like I benefited a lot by learning about the museum and improving on essential skills that will get me a job in the future.  The rainforest discovery box project taught me why the rainforest is so special due to its biodiversity and the number of uses it has in the world; one of the most important uses would be the medicine it provides people.All of these things that I learned are associated with the science field. This job will help me a lot in the future."  ~O.Q.

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Facebook Museum Open Hours
Monday - Thursday    1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday - Sunday          2:00pm - 4:00pm
Or by appointment
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
2nd Floor of Birck Hall