• For economics, business, and finance majors, the Chicago area offers many opportunities to pursue meaningful internships in a variety of professional settings. Students can experience and explore careers in their field of interest to see what’s right for them, while gaining valuable skills and practical experience that employers look for. 

    Recent department internships include: 
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    • UBS
    • U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Bank of China
    • AON
    • ESPN
    • Caterpillar
    • Brunswick
    • Coyote Logistics
    • City of Chicago

    View a listing of other internships that business, economics, and finance majors have held, as well as department guidelines and requirements. For more information about internship programs at Lake Forest College, please visit the Career Advancement Center’s internship page. 

    Here’s what our students have to say…  

    • Luke Butts – TSMGI (The Specialized Marketing Group, Inc.)

      “I now know that in the future I would like to be working in sports marketing. I gained valuable experience and can’t wait to talk to potential future employers about all that I did at TSMGI.”

    • Tu Nguyen – Satori Energy

      “My internship in energy consulting at Satori was very rewarding and I learned so much. Having also had a positive internship at Tranel Financial, I have come to realize that in addition to my career interests, the work environment and people are very important for a rewarding career.” 

    • Andrew Chipman – Morgan Stanley

      “The experience itself has provided me with a strong background as I set out to pursue a career in this industry. The experience of working in a professional environment and the skills I learned are very marketable for entry level positions in the financial industry.”

    • Kayce Knight – Designs for Dignity

      “I think internships add so much to a college education and make a college graduate stand out among others when applying for jobs after graduation. I have a new appreciation for career-minded hard-working adults.” 

    • Bridget Johnson – Be-Well Fitness 4th Annual Competition for a Cure

      “I learned more about myself as a leader, I trust myself more when it comes to making tough decisions and figuring out how to handle different and random tasks, and I developed stronger communication skills.”

    • Jose Diego Ledesma – Oxen Group

      “My internship provided so many positives in so many different ways and helped me to realize what I did not want to do, which gave me a clearer understanding of what career path I do want to pursue.”

    • Robert Bote – USB Private Wealth Management

      “My goal was to get exposure to what a career in the finance industry would look like which I did, and I learned so much in the process. My Investment Analysis class helped me to understand a lot at my internship and my experience there helped me to better understand other things as we learned them in the classroom.” 

    • Leslie Harshey – Woodland Foods

      “There were so many different dimensions to the company I interned with and I had a lot of quality experiences and exposure to them. I have particularly gotten a grasp on what I do not want to do.”

    • Mengjie Liao – International Business/Trading

      “This internship gave me a clearer picture of the career path I want to pursue. Being exposed to the businesses that this company deals with gave me a new idea for a start up venture and expanded my scope about potential business ideas.” 

    • Maria Papasotiriou – EMSI – Medical information services

      “Through my role in marketing services to prospective clients I gained self confidence, improved my people skills, and also learned how to deal with setbacks in a professional manner. I also developed great networking and office skills.”

    • Sarah Milligan – JPV Financial

      “I learned a lot about the financial planning business as well as running one’s own company.  I gained knowledge in marketing, advertising, and helped to plan and organizing a business seminar. “

    • Minami Nakase – LINK Unlimited

      “The practical and theoretical aspects of my education at Lake Forest definitely helped me in this internship. I learned about the organizational differences in for- profit and non-profits in the world of helping underserved high school students achieve educational success, and I also discovered that my passion is to become a teacher.”

    • Raul Ardelean – Melio & Company

      “I learned so much from working with and listening to a very skilled professional with 20 years of experience in financial advising. I also became proficient in using software specific to this industry, which should be a bonus on my résumé.“ 

    • Kaitlyn Schroeder – US Fund for Unicef’s Midwest Regional Office

      “Working for the US Fund exposed me to this area of the non-profit field while teaching me an array of practical skills. I also learned a lot about myself and realized that my passion is for the work UNICEF does in the field, not the business management side of it. After the Peace Corps, I will pursue a graduate program in International Humanitarian Assistance.” 

    • Eugene Ryskal – Axiom Consulting Partners

      “The daily interaction with consultants in a team-based environment allowed me to work on my communication skills both verbal and written. I learned the consulting language and concepts, and developed competency in the software required in this industry. The internship was an excellent complement to my coursework at Lake Forest.” 

    • Anne-Marie Adams- Bank of America Merrill Lynch

      “My reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that my Lake Forest College classes instilled in me really helped me in this work environment. I learned so much about finance and investing, there is nothing like hands-on experience and seeing real returns and real losses for clients to bring to life what I had been learning in the classroom.”

    • Tu Nguyen – The Tranel Financial Group

       “ I learned that a good work ethic and a positive work environment are very important for success; I saw what it takes to achieve both. I also discovered that in the business world, you often need to work on projects simultaneously, this was a valuable skill I acquired and will continue to develop.”


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