The City Fellows Program was launched as a way for Chicago Semester to partner creatively with nonprofit sites working to address significant challenges in Chicago. You’ll have an opportunity to complete a professional internship experience that serves your neighbors in Chicago, and be eligible for a stipend for your work. Chicago’s thriving non-profit sector offers limitless opportunities to make an impact on various communities in the city. Apply today!
Did you know there are more than 50,000 registered 501(c)3s (non-profits) in Chicagoland? Combined, these Chicago area nonprofits employ over 850,000 people - a robust network of professionals for you to join.
Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Edgewater Chamber of Commerce works to create and support a thriving business environment in the vibrant Edgewater community through a variety of programs and events, from the Edgewater Farmer’s Market to the Edge Card to Edgefest, in addition to offering membership and benefits to businesses in the neighborhood. Read the City Fellows internship description here.
L’Arche helps adults with intellectual disabilities to lead happy, fulfilling lives. L’Arche’s mission is to celebrate the unique value of each person and creates lifelong places of belonging through small, residential homes that empower residents to share their gifts with their neighborhood, city, country and world. Read the City Fellows internship description here and the Assistant Info sheet here.
For more than 35 years, New Moms has been a leading Chicagoland agency dedicated to interrupting the cycle of poverty. The agency offers supports to young mothers in the most important areas of family life – stable housing, job training and family support. Read the City Fellows internship description here.
Pui Tak Christian School
Pui Tak Christian School’s mission is to equip young learners academically and spiritually to be future leaders for God’s Kingdom. Its vision is to see children rise to their potential and succeed in all spheres of life with joy and strength of character. Read the City Fellows internship description here.
Illinois Prison Project
The Illinois Prison Project is a young nonprofit organization in Chicago that seeks to reduce mass incarceration by providing legal services to individuals incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections. They focus on novel and creative approaches to prison reduction including mass commutation campaigns, sentence restructuring, public education and advocacy. Read the City Fellows internship description here.
Internship Placement Process
- Submit your references, resume, transcript, essay responses and City Fellows Program application, along with your Chicago Semester application.
- We review your materials, work with you collaboratively to create a polished resume ready for professional review, and send these to qualifying City Fellows internship sites.
- You interview with qualifying City Fellows internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.
Hear from a City Fellows Alumnus
"I believe that the internship experience is unmatched as well as the professional development. I was very blessed to have the internship site that I did... IPP really gave me a closer look into the legal justice system and inspired me to work within the non profit sector. It has expanded my understanding of the numerous jobs and opportunities available to make effective change in the legal justice system. This internship was vital to helping me make more informed decisions about my future goals."
– Jessica Daniels
Class of '21, Internship at Illinois Prison Project
Professional Seminars and Courses
Professional Seminar (Interdisciplinary) - Fall, Spring and Summer
Social Entrepreneurship - Summer only
Diversity and Inequality: Engaging Chicago Cross Culturally - Fall, Spring and Summer
Urban Planning, Development and the Sustainable City - Spring and Summer
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