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Community Access Naperville empowers young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to

have meaningful and productive lives among friends and family, focusing on abilities rather than disabilities.

Our participants are individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities which limit communication

and social skills.


Community Access Naperville Interns provide direct support during weekday CAN sessions, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, and/or Saturday CAN sessions, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Interns guide and monitor participants, assist them with vocational tasks, model and encourage socially appropriate behavior, and help them participate in community outings.  The CAN Program Leader supervises all activities. 


With guidance from staff, at the end of each session, interns will write brief summaries of each day’s activities to share with participants’ parents.  Additionally, interns will develop short recreational activities with the participants’ abilities in mind, and lead these activities at a few sessions over the course of the term or semester. (The number of activities required will be linked to the number of credits the intern is earning.)


The cost of all transportation and activities during each session will be covered by CAN.  However, interns should plan to either bring a lunch or  buy lunch if the “CAN plan” includes a restaurant outing. CAN sessions often involve a significant amount of walking outdoors, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

All helpers are expected to stay focused on CAN participants and activities.  Phones should only be used to stay in contact with others in the CAN group, or for emergency situations.


CAN sessions begin and end at First Congregational Church, 25 East Benton Avenue, Naperville (very close to the North Central College campus).

Interns must be available to attend enough CAN sessions to fulfill the hours required for their college credit(s), and must be able to communicate easily and clearly with CAN staff members.   Previous experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities is ideal, and candidates for this position must have a genuine interest in learning about working with and interacting with this population.


If you are interested in the Internship, please fill out the form below and email resume to

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Internship Application Form
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Thanks for applying to Intern with us! Please email your resume to We'll get back to you soon to schedule an interview.

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