Internships and Careers

At Lake Forest, both quality academic programs and internship experiences help students prepare for the working world. Our proximity to Chicago offers access not only to extensive internship options, but also to a network of powerful alumni and friends.

Students who study history are capable of doing a wide variety of internships because they have skills that apply to nearly every industry. History students are able to conduct research, analyze evidence, and write and present clear arguments. From fashion merchandizing to environmental law, a rich supply of internship opportunities in and around Chicago is available to our students, allowing them to develop practical experiences and explore a variety of career paths.

Our faculty will work with our internship coordinator to advise students on the best internships for their interests. Because the department requires only nine courses for the major, History students who choose to do internships participate in them in addition to their required study of major courses. This opens a wide range of opportunities that qualify for History internship credit on their transcript.

Types of internship settings include:

  • Traditional History internships
    • Chicago History Museum
    • The Newberry Library
    • Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Law Firms
  • Non-Profits and Foundations
  • Government and Politics
  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Education

The College also has an exclusive paid internship opportunity for History students at the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society. The local society arranged for this experience starting in the spring of 2014. The internship is named in memory of Leslie T. Chapman ’79, former Vice President and Treasurer of the College, and Treasurer of the Historical Society.

Students interested in a history internship should email Julia Fiske, supervisor of history internships. 

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