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University of Chicago Cancer Research Labs

Open to all HS Students:

  • Hands-on experience in a cutting-edge laboratory or research group
  • Year-round career development and skill-building workshops
  • Ongoing mentorship from network of university faculty, research professionals, program personnel and peers
  • Taxable stipend of $2,600 (high school students) or $3,500 (college students) per year
Eligibility Criteria
  • Member of a group underrepresented in the biosciences: Racial/ethnic minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander), economically disadvantaged, first-generation college-bound, or living with a disability
  • High school sophomore, junior or senior, OR college freshman or sophomore at time of application
  • At least 16 years of age at start of program
  • United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Strong interest in a career in scientific research or medicine
  • Strong academic record, particularly in math and science
  • Ability to commit to the full two-year program, including 8-week research experiences (40 hours/week) for two consecutive summers and monthly enrichment activities during the academic year
  • Please note that students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the University of Chicago during their summer research experiences.
How to Apply

Admission to Chicago EYES on Cancer is highly competitive. Approximately ten new students are selected each year. Selection is based on applicants’ stated interest in the program, academic record, and letters of recommendation. To apply:
  • Review the applicant information packet
  • Submit the online application form
  • Identify two individuals (at least one teacher) to complete the applicant recommendation form. The program leadership team will contact your recommenders directly with instructions after you submit your online application.
  • Applicants who advance to the second round: Complete an in-person interview with the program leadership team (scheduled in February).

Chicago ACE Mentor Program

The ACE Mentor Program is a national non-profit organization that introduces high school students to careers in architecture, engineering and construction management.

Participants are engaged on mentoring teams with volunteer architects, engineers and construction managers. In weekly after-school sessions, they learn about the design and construction industry through hands-on activities, field trips, and creating a team design project. Our goals are to inform and excite students about professional opportunities in the design and construction industry; encourage them to pursue post-secondary education; and develop personal and technical skills through mentoring relationships. Participation in the program is free.

Successful participants are given an opportunity to apply for a college scholarship or summer internship. Since its inception in 2000, the Chicago ACE Mentor Program has awarded more than $1.3 million in college scholarships, along with 165 paid summer internships!

Criteria to apply for this year’s ACE Mentor Program:

• Have at least a 2.5 GPA, and sophomore, junior or senior standing (Note: juniors and seniors will be given highest priority for admission)
• Are interested in learning about the design and construction industry
• Have taken coursework in construction-cluster programs (architectural drafting, carpentry, electric shop), visual arts, and/or STEM disciplines
• Will commit to attending 15 weekly after-school sessions (from approximately 5:00-7:00 PM during November 2017 through April 2018) in Chicago Loop design offices. Students must arrange their own transportation downtown.
• Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS by the 10/6/17 deadline.

For more info and to apply visit:

Northwestern University - Medical Program for High School Students

The Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club are currently recruiting High School Students for our Northwestern Medical Program. Northwestern Med students plan and implement activities and field trips for program Participants including:
  • Patient interviews
  • Lab-based exercises
  • Field trips to Medical Labs
  • Hands on activities
  • Guest medical field speakers
Where: Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club
4835 N. Sheridan
Science Lab (3rd Floor)

When: Every other Tuesday starting September 19th to November 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Email Anita Douglas (adouglas@bgcc.orgWith name, age, school and why your interested!


RDCEP at the University of Chicago

RDCEP at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for our 2016 paid summer research internships for high school students. Please feel free to recommend any students that come to mind and/or pass this on to science teachers who might want to encourage their students to pursue this great opportunity.

RDCEP's summer interns typically work in pairs or small teams in which they do research projects around climate change and energy usage and policy. All of these projects involve learning some programming and data analysis techniques. They allow for a wide range of computer skills, from beginning to advanced. The only requirement is that interns are interested in computers.

These paid 8-week internships usually start around the last week of June and end in mid-August. Interns work at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park Mondays through Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Applications are due on March 13, 2016, and can be found online here:


Established in 2008, Framework Communications provides CareFree Managed IT, Networking, Cloud, VoIP and telecom services to meet business, enterprise, and government needs. Based in Chicago, Framework Communications is one of the most trusted sources in the nation for IT and Managed Services, winning the 2013 & 2014 360° Channel Partners Top 10 Award.
Our mission is to Reinvent Technology by Reinventing how we Connect YOU with Technology. We aim to achieve this by helping business owners reduce time, resources, and headaches spent on addressing complex IT and telecom issues.

The program will be overseen by the Office Outreach team. Interns will primarily receive direction from the Service Manager alongside onsite engineers and interact with the President and Vice President of the company regularly.

Scope of Work
Interns will aid in offering customers various maintenance services, including Tier 1 support for the complete hosted solution. Interns will learn how to offer remote support on preventative and corrective maintenance. There will be many opportunities to train with Tier 3 technicians that have 15+ years of experience. Administrative duties and special projects will be assigned on an on-going basis, including, but not limited to: participation in activities such as network configuration, installation of equipment/software and/or different maintenance activities.

Framework Communications will be accepting applications for this part-time internship position. The position is open to Chicago Public School students pursuing an interest in technology and computer science. All students are welcome to apply and will be considered based on qualifications, experience as well as aptitude for the field. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in training and certification in various fields of interest.

Preferred Skills
  • Relevant technical background in the area of computer science and technology
  • Experience with MS Office
  • Organizational awareness
    • Analytical thinking & problem solving
    • Team work and cooperation
    • Flexibility and adaptability
    • Accountability
  • Demonstrates initiativeDynamic personalities and humor welcome!
Description of Training Opportunities
  • Tier 1 certification possibilities – certification will make students competitive candidates within the IT Managed Solutions field.
Scheduling is flexible and may be tailored to the intern, however maintaining a schedule is required. Interns will be paid $10 per hour.

Framework Communications is easily accessible via public transit via the Grand and Western buses.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a letter of intent alongside a resume to Jeremy Hernandez at


“Exploring the Link.” Beginning in early October, this program is an 8-week course that meets twice per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 4:30-7:00pm at The Anti-Cruelty Society, 169 W Grand Ave. Based on attendance, students can earn student learning hours, a stipend, or both. Bus passes can also be provided for students traveling via CTA.

A bit about the program:
Through various activities and exposure to topics as presented by guest speakers, we aim to provide students insight into the link between animal abuse and violence towards people, such that violence begets violence in any capacity, as well as its impact in communities. We aim to educate students about the different ways that violence can manifest, not only physically, but also verbally, through exploitation, manipulation, etc., and how they can safely become anti-violence advocates in their communities. Additionally, they are exposed to information about animal abuse, and responsible animal care and handling through speakers from our direct care departments at the shelter, e.g. Humane Investigations, Intake, Veterinary, Behavior & Training. The program culminates in a capstone project, where students prepare a final presentation, and create (or add to) their own resume. Through knowledge and understanding, we hope to create a community of caring and compassion.

For more information about the program, or if you know any students who would be interested in applying, please visit our website at or email us at


The Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club are currently recruiting High School Students for their Northwestern Medical Program. Northwestern Med students plan and implement activities and field trips for program Participants including patient interviews, lab-based exercises, field trips to medical labs, and hands on activities.  
    • Starts September 23, 2014
    • Every Other Tuesday
    • 5:30pm- 7:30PM
Where: McCormick Boys & Girls Club
4835 N. Sheridan
Science Lab (3rd Floor)

Sign up by emailing Anita Douglas ( with your name, age, school and why interested.

For more info contact: Anita Douglas at 773-271-8400 ext. 4304


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2014 Student Leaders® program. 

Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,000 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
  • A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization. 
  • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 13-18, 2014. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
Students can apply for the program by going to Please note the application deadline is January 31, 2014.

Emma Bowen Foundation: Do you have what it takes for a career in the media?

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their senior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the four-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.

Students earn an hourly salary and matching funds for college expenses. Academic excellence is also a key component of the program—students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in good standing. The Foundation staff works closely with corporate partners to monitor each student’s academic and work progress. An annual summer conference, a community service program and a mentoring program are also provided to further enhance the student’s knowledge and experience. Resource guides for both students and corporate supervisors are provided to maximize the student’s experience while in the program.

This unique, multi-year program prepares a diverse group of talented young professionals to enter the workforce with specific job-related skills, knowledge of the corporate environment and a strong foundation for future advancement. Students work in a variety of functional areas (e.g., marketing, sales, finance, public relations, human resources, technology, news, web design, promotion, etc.) and rotate each summer. Currently, we have 260 active students nationwide and more than 500 graduates. Approximately 70-80 new students join the program each year.

The 2013 recruiting season is officially open. 2013 applications are now available on-line. Completed applications must be received no later than January 31, 2014. (Note: Selection for the program is highly competitive; we suggest you submit your application as early as possible.)

Eligibility Requirements: Minority (African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian/Pacific Islander), high school senior or college freshman, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, an interest in the media industry, and plans to attend a four-year college.

Seek applicants interested in: business (accounting, finance, marketing, advertising), technical (electrical or mechanical engineering, computer science, web design), creative (writing, production), or journalism.

For an application and eligibility requirements visit:

Paid Summer Internship at State Farm Insurance

Thinking about a career in Business? A local State Farm Insurance office is looking to hire paid interns for the summer months.  If the summer goes well, the plan is to keep you employed throughout the upcoming

The internship would be a mix of clerical work and learning office systems, as well as job shadowing to learn all about how the business works and what makes this office so successful. They are ranked 22nd out of 18,000 State Farm offices nationwide.

Location: 2241 W Irving Park, just east of Western (down the block from St. Ben’s)

Requirements: You must be a current Sophomore or Junior, or a Senior who will not be starting college in the fall and would be interested in employment next year.  You must be punctual, detail oriented, hard working, and eager to learn about the qualities of a successful business

Please call 773-463-7733 and ask to speak with Mr. Vilacci

"Internship Opportunities w/ State Senator Emil Jones"

State Sen. Emil Jones III is seeking summer interns to help with constituent outreach, basic legislative research and office duties and event planning and promotion efforts. Summer interns for Sen. Jones will be given the opportunity to work with the Senator and assist district office personnel in performing a variety of daily tasks such as basic traditional office work, file keeping and organization, constituent response intake and management, issue research and compiling of daily media clips on relevant issues and topics, aiding in preparing memos or other briefing materials for the Senator and the office staff and event coordination and preparation.

Interns are expected to work semi-independently in completion of assigned tasks and work for and with the Senator and his District office personnel in an efficient and organized fashion. Ideal intern candidates would possess the following qualities and skill sets:
  • Above all, a desire to learn and strong work ethic
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to think quickly and critically
  • An interest in local and state politics
  • Basic understanding of Illinois government process and systems
  • Passion for public service and commitment to working with Sen. Jones and his staff to help advance his legislative agenda in serving the citizens of Illinois’ 14thLegislative District
  • Ability to forge and sustain solid professional, working relationships with the Senate and District Office staff as well as community leaders, activists and organizations vital to the 14th District
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills as well as basic office administration and internet research capabilities
  • Willingness to participate in community outreach efforts and events
  • Willingness and ability to take direction from supervisors and cooperate with co-workers
  • Basic typing and writing skills
  • Proficiency in computer programs essential to office operation and management, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

All interested, qualified parties should complete and send an application for the Summer Internship Program by June 15, 2013 to

 CLICK HERE to download the application.

"The Veterinary Mentoring Program"

The Anti-Cruelty Society in partnership with The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine offers an exciting program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine.  The field of veterinary medicine is extremely competitive; our goal is to help students interested in this field to achieve their dream. “The Veterinary Mentoring Program” is an academic program that introduces students to the many different areas of study available in the field of Veterinary Medicine. Students attend seminars one Saturday a month at which they explore the various fields in Veterinary Medicine. A veterinarian from the University of Illinois conducts the seminars and includes tips for admissions into veterinary school. This year’s topics included “Veterinary Ophthalmology”, “Veterinary Dentistry”, “Zoological Medicine” and more. Students also have an opportunity to go on a field trip to the Veterinary School open house in Urbana.

The program runs from September 2013 through April 2014. Students must meet the following qualifications:

  • They must be enrolled in the 10th through 12th grade during the 2013/2014 academic year. (We do not accept freshmen).
  • They must have completed at least one biology course.
  • They must have a proven aptitude for science.
  • Students must have at least a 3.00 overall grade point average verified by a teacher or guidance counselor(or equivalent if using a different grading scale.)
  • They must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
  • They must be able to attend a seminar one Saturday per month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.At The Anti-Cruelty Society in downtown Chicago. The exact schedule will not be available until August.
CLICK HERE to download the application. The application deadline is June 30th 2013.

Mikva Challenge Summer Internships

Mikva Challenge works with young people in the city of Chicago to develop the next generation of civic leaders, policy-makers, activists and advocates. These internships are great opportunities for your students to learn new civic skills such as public speaking, participatory research, meeting with community leaders and digital activism. We have a great time working hard for the issues students care about while learning about government! Working as a paid intern with Mikva could include:
  • Developing your leadership and professional skills
  • Critically thinking about issues of importance
  • Conducting research and developing policy recommendations
  • Working on issues connected to nutrition, sexual and mental health
  • Developing and assessing effective after school programs
  • Applying youth voice to decisions made in Chicago Public Schools
  • Learning how city government works
  • Working in the offices of elected officials
  • Using social media to take action on community issues
  • Advising elected officials and decision makers on youth issues
The application is due Friday, April 12th at 5pm. You can turn in your application via e-mail to or via fax at 312-268-5218.

Malott Family Zoo Intern Program at Lincoln Park Zoo

The Malott Family Zoo Intern Program (ZIP) is an eight-week summer internship at the zoo for underserved Chicago high school students. Each spring 10–20 students between the ages of 15–18 are given the opportunity to work as interpreters on zoo grounds. Interns receive five days of training from zoo staff and scientists and then serve seven weeks as paid zoo interpreters.

During training, zoo interns learn effective informal-education techniques, public-speaking and customer-service skills, and information about animal science and conservation. They then use these skills to interact with guests at interpretation carts containing hands-on, animal-related materials.

Applications are due April 19th.

To learn more about the Malott Family Zoo Intern Program and to access the online version of the application, please see the official webpage:

College First: Chicago Botanic Gardens Paid Internship Program

College First is a dynamic paid internship program for eligible Chicago Public High School students consisting of career mentorship, field ecology and conservation science, and college prep and assistance. Each summer, approximately 20 students from Chicago Public Schools travel to the Garden by school bus from designated stops to spend eight weeks in the Garden's beautiful setting. They explore a vast array of potential science careers and use the Garden's 385 acres and resources to learn about native ecosystems and plants. Students spend a portion of each day being mentored by a Chicago Botanic Garden staff member and the other portion of the day in group instruction. During the summer, as well as at monthly meetings over the school year, emphasis is also placed on college as a pathway to careers and guidance is given to the students, who are often the first in their families to attend college.

The summer program takes place at Chicago Botanic Garden for six weeks, July 1-August 9. Current 10th and 11th grade CPS students are eligible to apply. Applications are due April 12, 2013.

For more information and to apply visit:

After School Maters & Navy Pier: Sailing Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship open to High School students 15-18 who are Chicago residents.
This will be a 10-week apprenticeship running March 11th through May 25th.
With up to $100 as a Completion Award
Apprentices who complete program can apply for potential summer employment with the Chicago Park District.
Program Interviews are held: 4:30pm-6:00pm; Feb. 22nd Warren Park, March 1st at Navy Pier (east end)

Contact: Joey Harris 312.742.5006 or Joe Pittman 312.287.2042 for more information