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
    • City of Lake Forest, archives
    • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Government and Politics
    • Senator Mark Kirk, programing
    • Senator Dick Durbin, constitute services
    • Congressman Bob Dold, legislative aid
    • City of Chicago Department of Buildings
    • Cook County Juvenile Probation Office
  • Law
    • Civil Rights Center, Police Misconduct Research
    • Jed Stone and Associates, Criminal Defense
    • Prairie State Legal Services, Legal Aid
  • Art
    • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
    • Art Institute of Chicago Member Travel
  • Lobbyist
    • Urban League of Chicago
    • Equality Illinois
    • Campaign for Better Health
  • Non-Profits and Foundations
    • Shedd Aquarium
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Urban Libraries Council
  • History and Music
    • Lake Forest Symphony
    • Activator Academy

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 Smret Smith, supervisor of history internships.