Summer Opportunities

Can’t fit a semester off-campus opportunity into your busy schedule? Need to catch up on credits to graduate on-time? Simply looking for more hands-on internships or research experiences? Participating in an off-campus program during the summer may be for you!

Many students have taken courses off-campus to fulfill requirements in their major, though others may spend a summer off-campus to free up time during the regular semesters to focus on coursework for their majors or internships.  Students will work with their academic advisor and the Off-Campus Programs office to ensure that all courses they plan to take are approved before they apply to a program, ensuring that time spent off-campus will count towards graduation requirements.

Remember that your Lake Forest financial aid does not apply to off-campus programs in the summer. However, other financial aid opportunities may be found here.

Here is a sampling of programs to get you started:

Associated Colleges of the Midwest

ACM offers a summer service-learning program in India. You will be immersed in the language and culture of your host country while volunteering at a local NGO.

Shedd Aquarium Opportunity for Lake Forest Students

The Shedd Aquarium hosts a 1-credit course on subtropical marine and terrestrial species and ecosystems. Discover how oceanography and water chemistry affect marine habitats and island environments. Develop identification techniques for fishes, reptiles, plants and invertebrates while gaining knowledge of field research while on board the R/V Coral Reef II in the Exuma Islands. Required pre-departure courses take place on Saturdays during the latter part of spring semester, with the field experience happening in May. You would be charged for one full LFC summer credit plus an $1399 program fee. Application deadline is November 14. For more information, please contact Rebecca Gericke at Shedd Aquarium at

Third Party Providers and Other Accredited US Universities

Many of the program providers on this approved list will have summer opportunities listed, including various internship or research experiences.

What could be cooler than studying Sports & Society during the summer of World Cup in Brazil? Or doing the parliamentary internship in Edinburgh while Scotland is holding its referendum to decide if it will split from England? Or learn about the transformation of South Africa through its educational policies, complete with a hands-on practicum and observation? There are so many possibilities!

Other US colleges and universities may have summer programs that are open to outside students. In addition, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you have something that has not been approved, work with Ashley Sinclair in Off-Campus Programs to find a good fit.

Research Opportunities

DAAD RISE is a non-credit summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.

International REU is a summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the STEM fields.  Programs are often sponsored by American colleges and universities, and funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University in Germany fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from the US and research faculty at our university.  The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide. Research topics are available for students from the biological and physical sciences, business administration, economics, computer science, communication, international relations, psychology, sociology and mathematics.

NanoJapan is geared towards the needs of young physics-majors who are new to scientific research and study of Japanese language and culture. The program design, combining the best aspects of a traditional study abroad experience with intensive nanotechnology research internships, has been nationally recognized as an innovative and effective model for international STEM programs.

Nanyang Technological Institute in Singapore hosts an English-language Summer Research Internship (SRI) Programme to stimulate a culture of research for the overseas undergraduates in fields ranging from physical sciences to humanities and social sciences. All accepted will receive a grant to cover all tuition and a stipend for living expenses.