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Naper Settlement offers fun summer employment opportunities

Feb 24, 2017 09:09AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Naper Settlement interns, Kirsten Kleman and Allison Ninmann, at Naper Nights 2016.

Naper Settlement, a nationally accredited outdoor museum, is offering fun, educational employment opportunities for the 2017 summer season. The museum invites applicants that are highly motivated and team-oriented to apply for Camp Naper Counselor positions, and college students, who have completed their sophomore year, to apply for the Internship Program. Counselors and interns will have fun working alongside professionals, while gaining valuable museum experience. Both programs are paid, temporary positions and run from June 5 to July 28. Internship applications need to be submitted by February 26. For more information and how to apply, visit www.napersettlement.org/jobs.

“Becoming a Naper Settlement intern or camp counselor is more than just a summer job, it allows you to gain practical experience in a professional environment,” said Naper Settlement’s Chief Operating Officer, Harriet Pistorio. “Many interns and counselors have come back to volunteer at Naper Settlement, as well as move on to part-time or full-time positions. I highly encourage anyone who is interested.”

Isabella Heidenreich, an international business and marketing major at Bradley University, attended Naper Settlement summer camps for three years as a child and decided to transition into a camp counselor. Heidenreich says becoming a counselor was incredibly fulfilling.

“As a camp counselor, you get to meet a lot of great people at the Settlement and get an inside scoop to some of the buildings and curatorial work,” said Heidenreich. “You have a lot of great interactions with the kids, which makes the job really fun and rewarding.”

Camp Naper Counselors will implement camp activities and communicate the themes of Naper Settlement by leading educational programs and working with campers to provide a quality museum experience that is both exciting and instructive. This temporary summer position is part of the Education Department and reports directly to the Director of Learning Experiences.

College students from all backgrounds and fields of study are encouraged to apply to the Internship Program. Students will pick a department to work in, which includes Development, Learning Experiences, Marketing, Special Events and Guest Services. During their internship, they will be assigned a specific project and will have weekly lunch meetings with staff members on select topics, such as collections management and marketing plans. Interns will work 20 hours a week and will work the June and July Naper Nights Summer Concert Series.

Kirsten Kleman is a senior at North Central College, studying art history and studio art, and was a Volunteer Management Intern in the Guest Services Department this past summer. Kleman decided to apply to Naper Settlement’s internship program to gain industry experience and exposure to the type of workforce she wanted to enter.

“The internship program gives you an opportunity to connect with department leaders to gain exposure to different responsibilities and their impact on the museum’s initiatives,” said Kleman. “Interns gain a well-rounded viewpoint, understanding day-to-day activities, large projects and special events from start to finish.”

Kirsten Kleman currently works part time in the Guest Services department at Naper Settlement. Kleman assists with volunteer related activities, wedding rentals and special events.

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