Lake Forest College’s Academic Internship Program (for-credit) is at the heart of our four-year career preparation plan for students.
Few other colleges can provide students with access to Chicago’s range of internship options during the academic year and summer. Students can live and work in downtown Chicago through the Lake Forest College In The Loop program. Beyond Chicago, students have access to 200+ off-campus study programs - many of which involve internship or research experiences.
Rising juniors and seniors can earn academic credit through their participation in our Academic Internship Course (for-credit) in place of a traditional class. Students can complete multiple for-credit internships while still graduating on time.
Some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your CAC Internship Specialist to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.
Find additional information about on- and off-campus research opportunities both as part of the Off-Campus Study Program, Student Honors and Research, and Summer Research sites.
Internships play a major role in the learning experience at Lake Forest College. Sometimes that role can be pivotal in helping a student decide their career path long before graduation.
Matt Spehlmann ’16 interned at an international foundation in Ecuador while studying Spanish, economics, and computer science.
Niah Anson ’18 interned at a Consulate General while studying international relations and social justice.
Anna Schoen ’16 had three internships while studying art history and communication, and now works at an art center.
Kiersten Kolstad ’15 interned at Second City and now works at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre after studying theater and history.