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ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program

Lake Forest College’s ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program is an all-access Chicago summer internship program that puts you in the career driver’s seat. You’ll reside in downtown Chicago at the College’s Chicago Loop campus, receive cutting-edge career preparation and mentorship, and benefit from an internship at a Chicago internship location.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must have and/or be:

  • A strong interest in experiencing the many resources offered by an immersive Chicago experience.
  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application and time of participation in program.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.8 for the academic program. Certain internships may require higher GPAs or specific coursework/experience.
  • Completed at least two semesters of study and hold junior status or above at Lake Forest College before participation.
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s start date.
  • Able to stay at the host program for the duration of the program.

The ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program is an 8-10 week selective enrollment program, where admitted students participate in professional development opportunities before and during the program, receive personalized guidance to secure an internship, and earn up to two academic credits.

ACTIVATE is open to students from all majors who are interested in clarifying personal and professional goals, gaining career-building experiences, and getting to know fellow interns, as well as gaining access to alumni and friends of the College who are leaders in their chosen fields. Unlike doing an internship on your own, you will be surrounded by people with similar experiences, as well as program staff who are able to help you maximize the value of your summer.

Internships

All students are required to complete an academic internship as part of the ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program. While participating in the ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program, you will complete an internship of up to two credits, totaling 300 hours over the course of the summer.

Admitted students will receive hands-on guidance from the Career Advancement Center to secure a Chicago internship. Both the Career Advancement Center and ACTIVATE staff will assist you in honing your career goals, while collaborating closely with you on the internship search and selection process to ensure you have the training and skills to make a great impression on your summer employer.

Once you have your internship in hand, you will continue to receive mentoring and professional development throughout the summer.

You may also elect to complete 1, 1.25, 1.5, or 1.75 credits upon approval of the Career Advancement Center and ACTIVATE staff.

Housing, Meals, and Transportation

Students reside at The Flats, a residential building located in the South Loop in the heart of the Wabash Arts Corridor.

Up to 16 students live in double-occupancy bedrooms, two to three bedrooms in each apartment. Each bedroom is equipped with desks, beds, wardrobes, and dressers. Each apartment contains a common area, bathroom, and kitchen. Apartments are provided with cable TV in the common room and internet/wifi throughout the apartment. All apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city skyline.

Students are responsible for covering their own meals throughout the duration of the program. There are several grocery stores within the area, including Trader Joe’s, Jewel, and Target.

All students are provided with a U-Pass for CTA travel, paid for by the College.

Program Cost

The fee for the ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program includes tuition, orientation, housing, internship supervision, professional development activities, and a U-Pass for unlimited CTA travel. ACTIVATE includes two credits of internship for 300 hours over the course of the summer.

Eight-Week Program Cost: $9,190
Ten-Week Program Cost: $9,720

Students who have chosen the free internship option may apply it to ACTIVATE to reduce the cost of the program:

8-Week 10-Week
Program Cost $9,190 $9,720
Free One Credit Internship -$3,300 -$3,300
Need-based financial aid* $0-$2,300 $0-$2,300
Total Program Cost Range $3,590-$5,890 $4,120-$6,420

*Eligible students can apply need-based Finacial Aid to the second internship credit.

Students not choosing the free internship option may be eligible for Financial Aid on both internship credits:

8-Week 10-Week
Program Cost $9,190 $9,720
Need-based financial aid $0-$4,600 $0-$4,600
Total Program Cost Range $4,580-$9,190 $5,120-$9,720

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance to reserve your place in the program.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Students will be made aware of their total program cost upon acceptance into the ACTIVATE program and before making their non-refundable deposit.

Program Type
Lake Forest College Sponsored Program

Location
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Languages of Instruction
English (multiple other languages may be offered for study)

Academic Disciplines
All