Health & Applied Sciences
Chicago is home to some of the most well-regarded hospitals, clinics and laboratories in a variety of health and applied science fields. Intern at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, assisting people trying to relearn how to walk after a traumatic accident or work with patients at UIC’s outpatient occupational therapy clinic. Or, simply experiment at a site of your choosing, working in a chemistry lab, community health clinic or urban agriculture site, gaining experience in a field that you may wish to pursue.
Chicago’s Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a global leader in rehabilitation. Experience firsthand the impact of their impressive work through Chicago Semester.
The Field Museum is a forward-thinking scientific leader on a mission to explore, protect and celebrate nature and culture. The Field Museum conducts groundbreaking research across the globe while maintaining one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts and specimens, used to inspire discovery, spark public engagement with science and uncover solutions for a better world. Students interning here work in a variety of departments, from HR to Exhibition Design to the Mammals Division.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a world-recognized research and rehabilitation hospital dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care with the best outcomes through integrated research, scientific discovery, training and education. Students working here have the opportunity to serve in the Adaptive Sports & Fitness program, gaining experience in sports program/event management, adaptive sports and recreational sports.
Internship Placement Process
- Submit your program application, references, resume, transcript and essay responses to Chicago Semester.
- We review your materials, work with you collaboratively to create a polished resume ready for professional review and send these to potential internship sites.
- You interview with potential internship sites and prioritize which opportunity is the best fit for you.
Hear from a Health & Applied Sciences Alumnus
"This internship helped me transition into a professional demeanor and method of time management. I refined my writing and time management skills a great deal as I learned to produce concise, accurate work at the necessary pace. It also reaffirmed my interest in scientific writing, which I now fully intend to pursue as a career goal once I graduate next semester. Now that I’ve gone through the program, I feel that I will be much more prepared to enter the workforce after graduation than I would have been otherwise."
– Thomas Garcia
‘18, Biology, Internship at The Field Museum
Professional Seminars and Courses
Professional Seminar (Interdisciplinary) - Fall, Spring and Summer
Arts in the City - Fall and Spring
Diversity and Inequality: Engaging Chicago Cross Culturally - Fall, Spring and Summer
Social Justice - Fall and Spring
Urban Planning, Development and the Sustainable City - Spring and Summer
Values and Vocation: Reflections on Work and the Common Good - Fall and Spring
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