Arts and Maker Tinkering Camp Intern - DuPage Children's Museum

Arts and Maker Tinkering Camp Intern

Position: Arts and Maker Tinkering Camp Intern
Status: Part-Time at 20 hours per week, Non-exempt; Short Term: June 13 – August 31 2022
Hourly Rate: $14.00 per hour

Job Summary: 

The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through equitable access to hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. The Arts and Maker Tinkering Camp Intern (AMTCI) is a vital part of DCM’s Tinkering Summer Camp. The AMTCI will facilitate campers’ learning and experimentation during daily and special programming by encouraging and modeling the importance of open-ended and multiple outcome experiences. All facilitation will be in person. Such activities include: helping children design and build their own inventions, teaching safe tool usage, and supporting campers’ creative and artistic expression. The AMTCI will work collaboratively with other staff to ensure a positive learning environment and maintain a safe, educationally sound, hospitable, and challenging environment for the camp (July). 

The AMTCI will also help facilitate The Studio and Construction House experiences in the museum, prepare and facilitate activities for outdoor summer events and finally help to plan and implement a series of programs for the Studio.

This position is funded by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) and must be filled by either a high school student or a student who has just graduated from high school (not yet attended college). The Internship is limited to no more than 20 hours per week. Applicants who have already participated in an IACA position within the same calendar year are not eligible.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Prepare materials and set up infrastructure for exhibits, programs, and events
  • Facilitate and initiate interactions with children to deepen their learning experiences during the day’s program; instruction and facilitation will be in person (following current safety guidelines).
  • Lead participant safety and program readiness; this includes setup and cleanup of materials, providing safety information to participants and maintaining a safe environment.
  • Assist in all program/camp cleaning procedures, following all Covid-19 guidelines.
  • Assist in post camp survey analysis and documentation.
  • Encourage communication and enhance team support/spirit among the DCM staff.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of DCM mission, philosophy, policies and procedures as related to camp activities.
  • Provide excellent customer service to participants and parents. Defer to Arts and Maker Specialist as needed. 
  • Participate in all staff training.
  • Practice safe tool usage (tool safety training will be provided)

Other duties as assigned.

Job Relationships:

Reports to the Arts & Maker Specialist.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with young children and/or interest in working with children a must.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to set up and utilize video conferencing technology
  • Ability to work well with tools a plus
  • Must exhibit problem solving, critical thinking and troubleshooting skills. 
  • Must work well in a values oriented collaborative team environment.
  • Fluency in Spanish, and/or other languages aside from English, a plus.

The following abilities are required for the position:  (a) Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public; (b) Effectively understand and communicate with children via remote technology (c) Display dexterity necessary to maintain camp materials; (d) Manipulate camp components and facility operating/maintenance equipment; (e) Stand, kneel  and move among camp materials/set upsfor extended periods of time; (f) Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily (g) Bend, kneel, climb and reach; (h) Lift up to 50 pounds; (i) Tolerate noise and dust in the environment and handle disinfectant and cleaning materials.


  • Must have access to  reliable transportation
  • Must adhere to appropriate dress code.
  • Varied work schedule includes weekdays and some weekends.
  • Must be available for training: June 13 – 14 (10 am – 2 pm)



Download an Application
Please include a cover letter and your resume.

Submit to:
DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Human Resources