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Internship

Hands-on experience and academic credit

Gain real-world experience within Chicago’s large professional network by completing a 150-hour internship course during your time in the city, all while receiving academic credit.

Before you arrive in Chicago, our program staff will work with you to select potential internship sites that match your interests and career goals, drawing upon our diverse network of alumni and professional contacts throughout the city. Program staff are committed to placing you at an internship site that involves meaningful work in a field you’re interested in, whether that be in the arts, the private sector, or in not-for-profit and community-based organizations.

Grow your professional network

Internships generally take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, though certain internships may have evening or weekend commitments. In addition to your work schedule, the internship component includes workshops to polish your LinkedIn profile, practice your interview skills, and reflect on your experience throughout the term. A panel discussion with Chicago Program alumni will also give you insights into building your professional network.

Find the organization that's the right fit for you

Students in recent years have interned with a variety of organizations, ranging from an architectural firm that designed the O’Hare International Airport expansion to a small business that promotes recycling initiatives. No matter where you intern, Chicago Program faculty and staff will help you pursue your interests in a real-world setting.

Hear what students have to say about their internships

 Watch our webinar to learn more about the different internship opportunities that could be waiting for you in Chicago!

Recent internships

Art

  • Event planning, preservation, research, and exhibit design and maintenance at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
  • Working with children in the art program at Lill Street Art Center
  • Assisting in installation and de-installations of new art at the ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation
  • Handling art in the prints and drawings department while working with curators and conservationists at the Art Institute of Chicago

Business & Economics

  • Creating marketing materials for World Business Chicago
  • Reviewing grant applications for the Crossroads Fund
  • Economic development research for Andersonville Development Corporation
  • Global market policy work for World Trade Center Chicago

Communications, Film, and TV

  • Production Assistant at Fox News Channel
  • Responsible for producing user-generated content and helping broadcast teams at Vocalo.org
  • Teaching assistant in after school video classes and office assistant at Community TV Network
  • Assisting the Executive Producer, scheduling guests, and writing scripts at WVON Radio/Midway Broadcasting

Education

  • Assisting with school events and meeting with students regarding their academic progress at the Multicultural Arts High School
  • Preparing instructional material, classroom management, co-teaching and student mentoring at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School.

English and Creative Writing

  • Promotional work, book binding and assisting in organizing national book tours at Featherproof Books
  • Copy editing, researching the literary scene, and soliciting advertisements at Make Magazine
  • Participated in on-going programs at the community-based literary organization, Guild Complex

Environmental Studies

  • Fieldwork for GreenCorps, a program of the Chicago Dept. of Environment providing horticultural instruction, material and employment
  • Conducting studies and surveys for the Chicago Department of Environment programs such as lead paint, ground samples, green roofs and solar energy
  • Working with the Master Gardener Program at the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance on urban agriculture programs such as creating community gardens
  • Leading field trips, teaching preschool and grade school public programs and conducting ecological restoration at the North Park Village Nature Center.

Humanities (Religion, Languages, English and Literature, History)

  • Research and collections management at the Field Museum of Natural History
  • Assisting with ESL and citizenship classes at the Association House
  • Copyedit and research articles for the Hyde Park Herald

Music

  • Maintaining music venues and music production at the Underground Wonder Music and Avenue of the Heart.

  • Research new music and assist in production at record label, Numero Group
  • Promotional work at one of Chicago’s independent record labels, Bloodshot Records
  • Working on donor solicitations and individual annual giving at Chicago Chamber Musicians

Pre-Med

  • Shadowing a doctor at the Cook County Hospital Clinic
  • Conducting clinical quality survey research for a study for the Cook County Hospital Emergency Room
  • Providing psychological and social service support for patients who are HIV positive, have AIDS, or have contracted other infectious diseases at Cook County Hospital’s CORE Center
  • Health education for the Erie Family Health Center
  • Working with health professionals to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Pre-Law

  • Research and mediation for Northwestern University Law School’s Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Assisting the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in juvenile justice misdemeanor and post conviction cases
  • Providing advocacy and supportive services to clients for the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing
  • Assisting public interest attorneys in creating solutions to the affordable housing and the improvement of public schools at the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.

Political Science and Government

  • Mayoral Policy Caucus intern at Chicago Metropolis 2020 working on policy issues for prisoner re-entry
  • Environmental public policy work at the Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • Constituency building for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • Legislative aide to State Senator Kwame Raoul
  • Community liaison for Alderman Toni Preckwinkle
  • Field work, research and development at City of Chicago Department of Planning
  • Organizing for labor justice at Latino Union
  • Developing new tools for community organizing and coalition building at the Organization of the Northeast

Psychology

  • Facilitating school groups with Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago
  • Rape crisis advocate at the Sexual Assault Hotline for the YWCA
  • Working with student leaders in the Restorative Justice program at Alternatives, Inc.
  • Assisting Special Education teachers and therapists at the Easter Seals Therapeutic Day School
  • Policy research for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

Sociology/Anthropology and Social Work

  • Behavioral health services for patients with infectious diseases at Cook County Hospital’s CORE Center
  • Delinquency intervention services for at risk youth with Community Human Services
  • Planning and organizing community campaigns with the Organization of the NorthEast
  • Providing support services to women who are homeless women at Sarah’s Circle

Theater

  • Helping youth create a production with Free Street Theatre
  • Assisting in development of face to face workshops and the Youth Theatre Project at the About Face Theatre
  • Working on production and development of plays focusing on controversial political and social issues at Stage Left Theatre

Urban Studies/Urban Planning

  • Urban development research on community sustainability for Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Preparing regional plans for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
  • Public policy research for the Metropolitan Planning Council