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Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Social Justice

Chicago, Illinois

Independent Study Project (ISP)

Students in the Chicago Program pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP) related to their academic and professional goals.  Ideally, these will be projects that draw on the city’s resources to create something original, such as a research paper, a service project, a work of art, or a feasibility analysis for a business.  For the first half of the program, students will meet regularly in their ISP groups to develop skills and exposure to practicioners in the city.  Students may also find ways to link their ISP with their internship.  All students will share their final products at the end of the program. (Note: The spring trimester options do not include an independent study project.)

Independent Study Projects may be related to almost any academic area.  Many students have projects that relate more closely to the three seminar topics—Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies.  Here are examples of some recent projects in those areas:

Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship, & Social Justice

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Maddie Guy I truly gained independence during my time in the ACM Chicago Program. I think the opportunity to live on our own and have the opportunity to work in a company as an intern was a great look at what to expect in the coming years. I learned about business from a perspective different from my own college, and I plan on taking this new perspective back to school this fall and applying it to my other studies.

—Maddie Guy, Chicago Program (Entrepreneurship), Spring 2012

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