Opportunities at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum


Student Employment

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum provides a unique and fulfilling work environment for Benedictine 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 curator, Mrs. Tumminello, at ktumminello@ben.edu to request an application and to schedule an interview. 

Current hiring status: We are not currently hiring any undergraduate positions.


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. 

During the summer sessions, students will work on a science project and conduct research on a topic of their interest. Their work will be showcased in a special exhibit at the museum. 

This free program is limited to 10 students. Enroll today!

Upcoming Sessions

Summer Session 1: 1:00pm - 2:15pm, Thursdays, June 4, 2015 - June 25, 2015
                   Registration for Session 1 now closed.

Summer Session 2: 1:00pm - 2:15pm, Thursdays, July 9, 2015  - July 30, 2015  
              *** We still have openings for Session 2! Register today!


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

Internships in Museum Studies

Internships are tailored to student's graduate requirements.

Students must be currently enrolled in a college or university and pursue credit through their institution. Students must enter into an internship contract and submit to a background check. Interns must commit to a set schedule. Most internships last between 14 and 16 weeks. For shorter internship or practicum experiences please see the Volunteer section. 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 2 positions available.

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.

Volunteer Positions

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum appreciates the hard work and dedicated hours our volunteers provide!

Every year our volunteers contribute over 100 hours of their time to assist with the multifaceted work here at the museum. From assisting with tours to helping construct new exhibits, our volunteers get hands-on experience and real world training. 

Volunteers must sign a volunteer contract and submit to a background check before beginning work at the museum. A set monthly schedule is appreciated, but not required. 

1-2 week museum mini-practicum positions are also available. These short-term volunteer experiences can be tailored to your interests and provides hands-on knowledge of museum studies skills. Applicants must submit to a background check before beginning work at the museum. For information on upcoming professional development workshops, see News & Events.

For more information, contact Karly Tumminello at ktumminello@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6531.



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