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Set yourself apart. Internships through Chicago Semester don’t just provide you with experiences for now. They provide a path leading you where you want to go. What sets us apart is the collaborative process of placing you at your internship – we don’t make decisions for you; we make decisions with you, making every Chicago Semester Internship experience unique.

Why are internships important?

In an ever increasingly competitive job market, professionally-relevant experience is more important today than ever before. An internship experience through Chicago Semester will:

  • Diversify your resume experience.
  • Provide you with tangible successes related to your field.
  • Foster networking opportunities for you to build your professional circle.
  • Guide you in your career path decision.
  • Secure job opportunities – Between 2013 – 2015, 40% of our sites surveyed invited students to continue working at their internship sites.
  • Prepare you for the demands of being a full-time working professional.
What are students saying?

“Chicago Semester provides excellent opportunities to obtain an internship with significant companies in the business center of Chicago. They do an amazing job of placing students in internships that they might not otherwise have known about or have been able to secure. In my opinion, the experience that I had at my internship site is going to provide value that cannot be monetized. The network that I established has allowed me to grow my professional network and has provided me with excellent leads to pursue after I graduate.” – Evan, The American Medical Association

“Through this internship experience I became far more confident and assertive in my professional communication skills, learned how to collaborate with very diverse groups of people, became more confident in sharing my opinion, learned how to grow from others’ strengths, and learned to lean into the un-comfortability of my work…Chicago Semester is a unique opportunity that allows you to experience independence in a complex city like Chicago, while still remaining secure and connected to a program that longs to see you succeed!” – Ally, Rogers Park Business Alliance

General

Internship Placement Process

We work with students to secure internships in almost any field of study. From the performing arts, finance, accounting, marketing, public relations, business management, communications, and much more, we have an internship for you! Have specific questions on the types of internships that students within your field of study are doing in Chicago? Contact our Associate Director of Internships, Kendra Wright.

This is your track, which means we want to work with you to find the perfect internship in Chicago. Internship settings are tailored to your area of interest and include non-profit organizations and for-profit companies of all sizes, located downtown and all around the city. Here is how the collaboration works:

  • You will submit your resume as well as answers to some specific internship goals and interests questions along with your application to Chicago Semester.
  • We will review your application, resume, and internship interests and create a professional profile to send to potential internship sites.
  • You will submit a finalized version of your resume to be reviewed by Chicago Semester Staff.
  • We will make revisions and suggestions and work with you collaboratively to create a polished resume ready for professional review.
  • We will send your professional profile and resume to potential internship sites.
  • You will interview with potential internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.

Resume Examples 

General Resume Sample 1

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Resume Guidelines

 
Social Work

Chicago opens up endless possibilities for field placements in numerous diverse settings. Being in a heavily populated urban setting means that you will be able to gain experiences with a variety of population groups, ages and ethnicities – experiences that may not be available near your home campus because of its location. You will work in collaboration with Chicago Semester staff to find an agency that is a great fit for you, while also meeting your home college requirements.

Field Experience Placement Process

Field experiences are tailored to your area of interest, including child welfare organizations, refugee centers, homeless shelters, neighborhood organizations, schools, residential treatment centers, programs for the elderly and much more! Here is how the collaboration works:

  • You submit your resume, internships interests and goals along with your Chicago Semester application.
  • We review your resume and begin exploring potential internship sites that would be a good match based on your interests.
  • You interview via phone or Skype with potential internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.
  • Together we will help you make your internship decision after Chicago Semester staff has collected feedback from your interviewers and reviewed your site priorities.

Resume Example

Social Work Resume Sample

Contact Nancy Triezenberg Fox, Social Work Program Director, for more information.

 
Student Teaching

Student teaching in Chicago Public Schools will equip you to teach in any setting following graduation. Students participating in Chicago Semester are placed with amazing mentor teachers committed to urban education. Whether you see yourself always working in urban education or not, this is an experience that will stick with you personally and professionally for years to come. Chicago Semester may also be exactly what helps you land that first full-time job after graduation; educators consistently state that students are more marketable after having an urban education experience. Kristin Erickson, a CS alum, says, “Student teaching in Chicago looks amazing on a resume. Administrators look at you and say, ‘You taught in Chicago? Tell me about that!’” Ready to start your student teaching placement in Chicago?

Student Teaching Placement Process

  • You submit your resume, transcript, essay responses, and “Student Teaching Placement Form” along with your Chicago Semester application.
  • We review your licensure requirements and student teaching interests and sort through our database of effective Chicago Public Schools to find a good match.
  • Together we will make your final placement decision, after Chicago Semester Staff has collected feedback from your interviewers and reviewed your site priorities.

Resume Example

Student Teaching Resume Sample

Contact Lisa Hensey, Student Teaching Program Director, for more information.

 
Nursing

If you are a Nursing student from Hope College, you have the opportunity to complete your final clinical experience in Chicago. Focusing on concepts, processes, and skills necessary to facilitate the transition to baccalaureate nursing practice, you will work in one of the world-renowned hospitals in Chicago, while immersing yourself in city-life and taking part in the Chicago Semester experience. A semester in Chicago will help you better understand healthcare in an urban setting, and equip you to step into a diverse range of hospital settings.

Clinical Placement

You will be placed at a medical center that provides a wide variety of practice settings and specialties. Your professional experience will consist of working 32 hours a week (more clinical hours than what are required at your home campus, which means more experience!) under the direct supervision of a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse. You follow the schedule of your preceptor, working either 8 or 12-hour shifts and every other weekend.  Take a look at how the placement process works:

  • You will submit your resume as well as answers to some specific clinical goals and interests questions along with your application to Chicago Semester.
  • You will submit a finalized version of your resume to be reviewed by Chicago Semester Staff.
  • We will make revisions and suggestions and work with you collaboratively to create a polished resume ready for professional review.
  • We will send your professional resume to potential clinical sites.
  • You will provide proof of drug screening, criminal background check, and that you have a Healthcare Provider CPR active throughout the semester, along with updated immunizations and tuberculosis screening.
  • You will interview (if necessary) with potential internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.

*Please note: You will need to bring the following items with you to Chicago: Hope uniform, second hand watch, stethoscope, and texts for clinical area of interest and NCLEX review.

Contact Michelle McClure, Nursing Program Director, for more information.