Social Sciences & Humanities
Students seeking to gain practical experience in the humanities and social sciences can engage in the history, culture, economic development and unique world of Chicago neighborhoods. Deepen your understanding of social policy, urban history and community development, and develop skills such as non-profit management, social policy analysis, community organizing and urban planning through interning at organizations such as Interfaith Worker Justice, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Open Book and Chicago Legal Clinic. Or, you might work in government institutions such as the Cook County Juvenile Court, U.S Postal Inspection Service and the City of Chicago’s Department of Law.
Chicago is a city of 77 neighborhoods, each with its own culture and vibe. Experience their unique offerings and special beauty through Chicago Semester.
Committed to community revitalization in the East Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side, Breakthrough has followed a profoundly simple formula for 25 years: people first. Breakthrough provides housing, food, job training, medical care, education and youth development activities to more than 6,000 local residents. Students interning at Breakthrough will have the opportunity to contribute in direct client services, youth services and community outreach.
H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly)
H.O.M.E. is a one-of-a-kind Chicago organization that seeks to foster joy, connection and independence for Chicago’s low-income seniors. Founded in 1982, H.O.M.E. has helped thousands by providing home repairs, shopping bus, moving assistance and affordable intergenerational buildings. Students here contribute to H.O.M.E.’s mission through communications and direct client services, from managing social media and writing stories to assisting clients with everyday tasks.
Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that transforms lives through reading, writing and the inspiring power of used books. Each year, Open Books brings joyful literacy experiences to 6,000 students through engaging literacy programs, and donates more than 160,000 books to children, families and under-resourced communities throughout Chicagoland. Students working here will have the opportunity to assist with after-school programs, editing and publishing.
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 Social Sciences & Humanities Alumnus
"My internship allowed me to explore different areas of law, which will be extremely helpful in law school. I also have practical and hands-on experience rather than just guessing what an attorney does on a day-to-day basis. Most importantly though, I was able to grow my knowledge and professionalism... The Chicago Semester program is a very valuable program and not just because of the internship. The experience to live in a big city contributes greatly to growing in independence and experiencing diversity."
– Maddie Bailey
Class of '19, Internship at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
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 only
Values and Vocation: Reflections on Work and the Common Good - Fall and Spring
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