Lake Forest College’s widespread relationships with employers and thriving alumni provide students with the opportunity to complete internships with high-profile companies from as far away as Beijing to as nearby as the City of Lake Forest and Chicago.
For example, the College’s In the Loop program is giving 22 students access to internship placements in Chicago alone this semester at the Field Museum, The Second City, Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC7, and more.
“Our interns In The Loop not only learn what it’s like to work in Chicago, but also what it is like to live in Chicago,” said Davis Schneiderman, director of the College’s Center for Chicago Programs. “We provide an unmatched immersive experience that lets our students work in major Chicago institutions, while living on the top floor of an ideally located downtown building. Chicago may be ‘The City that Works,’ but for Lake Forest College students, it’s ‘The City that Works for You.’”
Many students take advantage of internship opportunities throughout their time at the College. Nearly half of the students in the Class of 2012 earned internship credit, for example, and some graduated with as many as four internship experiences to tout on their resume.
Students utilize College resources throughout the search, interview, and placement process. Professionals in the Career Advancement Center are available to meet with students to help them to find experience-rich internships; they also encourage students to visit the online job/internship database ForesterLink.
Each academic department has an internship supervisor working with students, too. George Seyk is the supervisor for the Department of Economics and Business.
“Lake Forest College is the best place for a students interested in Business, Economics or Finance because the employers think so. Once a company has a Lake Forest College student as an intern, they usually would like another one,” he said. “It speaks well for the educational level, skills and work ethics that our students gain by being at the College.”