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Summer Programs

Shedd Marine and Island Ecology Course

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 onboard the R/V Coral Reef II in the Exuma Islands. Required pre-departure courses take place on Saturdays during the latter part of the spring semester, with the field experience happening in May.

You would be charged for one full LFC summer credit plus airfare and a program fee. For more information, please contact Hilary Wind at Be sure to complete the appropriate Lake Forest College registration form to participate in this program. Contact the Global Engagement Office for the appropriate forms.

International Internships & Research

Through Lake Forest College's partners, students have to opportunity to participate in an international internship, with most programs offering academic credit. Please note: these are unpaid internships and do have a program fee.

Most of the internship programs offer customized internship placements within various fields of interest.

Internships are offered through the following partners:

Tuition-Free and/or Scholarship Programs

US-UK Fulbright Commission for Undergraduates Program offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, and have many costs covered. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. 

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.