Business, Finance & Accounting

Headquarters to more than 400 major corporations, Chicago has one of the most diverse economies, ranging from risk management to information technology to manufacturing. If you’re interested in the business, finance and accounting world, opportunities abound. You could find yourself interning at sites such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Northwestern Mutual or the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Audit.


Chicago is home to “The Fed,” one of the nation’s 12 regional Reserve Banks. An established internship site for Chicago Semester students, The Fed is also home to the Money Museum – a popular attraction in the city.

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Northwestern Mutual

Since 1872, Northwestern Mutual – Chicago has worked diligently to help people achieve their goals and dreams for financial growth and security. Students working here have the opportunity to assist financial advising teams and sales teams, helping with case prep work, tracking data and trainings.

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Rogers Park Business Alliance

The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) seeks innovative ways to increase commerce, assist local businesses and support community and economic development. Its programs include the GROW Entrepreneurial Training Program, Glenwood Sunday Farmers Market, RPBA Help Desk and various community events. Students interning here will gain experience in business engagement and operations, community projects, marketing and event planning.

Internship Placement Process
  1. Submit your program application, references, resume, transcript and essay responses to Chicago Semester.
  2. We review your materials, work with you collaboratively to create a polished resume ready for professional review and send these to potential internship sites.
  3. You interview with potential internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.


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Hear from a Business, Finance & Accounting Alumnus

"This experience had a ton of value for me, especially in regards to the tax vs. audit decision that every accountant faces. Coming into the program, I was nervous that I wasn't going to want to do accounting by the end of the summer, but now, at the end, nothing could be further than the truth. I gained a lot of accounting knowledge, and this summer's given me a good idea of the direction I want to go in accounting in my next internships and after graduation."

– Kyle VanderPlaats

’18, Accounting & Finance, Internship at Caramagno & Associates, Ltd.

Professional Seminars and Courses

Professional Seminar (Interdisciplinary) - Fall, Spring and Summer

This field education internship experience provides hands-on practice in the knowledge and skills learned in major courses. You will develop a learning contract for focused areas of development and learning, and be mentored and supervised at the site by professional staff with experience in the area of practice. You will also be supervised by Chicago Semester staff through a weekly professional seminar course and through midpoint and final site visits.

Arts in the City - Fall and Spring

This course investigates urban cultural life as reflected in the arts of Chicago. We will attend plays, concerts and movies, and visit art galleries. We will process these experiences through readings, lectures and classroom discussion as we explore how Christians engage culture.

Diversity and Inequality: Engaging Chicago Cross Culturally - Fall, Spring and Summer

This course introduces the culture, history, assets and challenges of Chicago neighborhoods. We will examine our own social and cultural locations, and compare and contrast how our stories are similar to or different from the Chicago racial and ethnic landscape.

Social Justice - Fall and Spring

This course will introduce you to major streams of social justice thought, including the history of the criminal justice field and contemporary movements for social justice. We will examine the role of race, poverty and inequality in people’s experiences of the criminal justice system in the U.S. As a class, we will discuss how marginalization, segregation and the lack of access to social resources influences people’s experiences of justice. We will also explore two major issues related to justice: mass incarceration and mass eviction. Finally, through conversations and visits with practitioners, advocates and organizers we will look at models of restorative justice and how communities address issues related to injustice.

Urban Planning, Development and the Sustainable City - Spring and Summer

This course explores the evolution and development of the city, with particular emphasis on the built environment in Chicago. We will explore the significance of the city’s architecture, sculpture, parks and community murals, and the impacts of city design. We will seek to understand and critique the city’s built environment through field trips, guest speakers, readings and class discussions.

Values and Vocation: Reflections on Work and the Common Good - Fall and Spring

This course explores the concept of vocation from a variety of perspectives. Drawing on readings from religion, theology and sociology, we will examine the ways in which we discern our calling in light of our responsibility to engage the common good. We will also look at social structures that impact work and family life (gender, race, religion and class) and how they might shape our understanding of vocation.
Course Information

You will enroll in a Professional Seminar and in two other courses of your choice.

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