Intern in this beautiful city on the shore of Lake Michigan, home to major global corporations and companies, with fantastic architecture, green parks, sandy beaches, great food, and exciting nightlife. Walk, bike, or take the "L" (the elevated and underground subway system) to work in this dynamic city of bold skyscrapers and major cultural events. For lunch, you can sample staples like deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs. Grab a bag of caramel corn on the way back to the office for dessert!
An IES internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. You'll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you'll work for at least 32 hours a week. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what's available via IES Internships in Chicago.
Before you go, your internship coordinator will work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
Spend your free time exploring the many world-class museums, numerous neighborhoods, or some of the 580 parks and beaches, including the 696-an elevated park built upon an abandoned train line. Root for the Cubs at historic Wrigley Field on the north side or the White Sox at the modern U.S. Cellular Field on the south side. Save time for IES field trips and networking events.
PLACEMENT EXAMPLES:Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
While working in Chicago you’ll also enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you'll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:
IN/OB 395 - Internship Seminar: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Chicago, it will feel like home.
Live in a residence hall with three other IES interns in suite-style double rooms. Daily breakfast included. Optional meal plans are available for an additional fee.
Part of making you feel at home in Chicago is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Chicago professionals—we’re all about our student services.
When you arrive, the staff in Chicago will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city with sessions about housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations.
You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Chicago.
Potential destinations include:
Take a water taxi from the Magnificent Mile to Chinatown to attend the Dragon Boat Race and Festival. Experience authentic Chinese culture and cuisine.
Explore this 150-year-old hub of Mexican American culture in Chicago. Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art and grab a bite to eat from a local bodega or panaderia. Pilsen is also home to the Chicago Arts district featuring several blocks of artists’ lofts, studios and galleries.
See another great Midwestern metropolis by joining us on an overnight excursion to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Have lunch at a local German establishment, attend a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, and take part in Fest Italiano in the heart of downtown Milwaukee.
All field trips and off-site activities are optional for Internships students. Additional costs may apply and availability will depend on your work schedule.
About the Center
The IES Internships Chicago Center is housed within the University Center residence hall. Situated in the Chicago Loop it is a short walk from the lakefront, Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Harold Washington Library and State Street shopping district.
Keith Dipple started his professional career at JP Morgan (then Morgan Guaranty Trust Company). After a brief stint at Mellon Bank, Keith returned to JP Morgan, serving as a manager on the firm’s trading floors, leading both traders and sales specialists in foreign exchange, fixed income and options.
In the summer of 2009 Keith joined the University of Chicago’s Careers office as part of the Employer Relations and Development team. He was promoted to Executive Director of External Engagement and led a team of 10 whose main focus was bringing in new internship opportunities for students. During his four years at Chicago, internships rose from 250 in 2009 to more than 850 in 2013.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Healthcare Management and a Master’s in Arts in Leadership Management from Bellevue University. Keith completed his Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University in 2015.
Melissa Comiskey - Internship Coordinator
Melie Fuller - Chicago Program Advisor