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Internships and Study Abroad

At Lake Forest College, we ensure that our students are well prepared for the global working world because of their strong academic foundation and internship experiences, both domestically and abroad. With our proximity to the global city of Chicago, and access to numerous study and work opportunities worldwide, Lake Forest provides access to a wide range of internship options for students to further develop their language and cultural competencies. Our network of powerful alumni and friends help connect students with the best positions available before and after graduation.

Internships

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has one of the most extensive internship programs in Chicago, as well as in many other countries.

Students studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish may intern in a number of fields to further their understanding of other languages and cultures. These experiences often complement a second major and/or minor and can lead to post-graduation employment.

Our students have assisted high-ranking government officials, served as translators for international associations, conducted laboratory research, collected data for public relations firms and libraries, developed skills in marketing, technology and data analysis, worked in banking, business, film, law, the arts and cultural institutions and prepared and taught classes at more than 25 sites.

Types of internship settings include:

    Politics, Government, Law, Social Services 

    Association of American Residents Overseas (AARO)

    UNESCO delegations

    International Law firms

    Protocol (logistics for visiting dignitaries)

    Community organizing, social services (Senegal)

    Women’s groups (Senegal)

    Communication and the Arts

    Granada Insider (Culture Magazine)

    French Connection Film

    American Library in Paris

    Burson Marsteller (public relations)

    Gagosian Gallery

    Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

    Fashion House Franck Sorbier, Paris

    La voz de Granada (radio station)

    Sotheby’s

    Fundación Euroárabe

    Education, Translation, Linguistics 

    Alliance Française de Chicago (event planning/marketing)

    Le Consulat de France à Chicago

    La Délégation du Québec à Chicago

    Marjorie Kovler Center

    Children's Legal Aid Center in Chicago

    Lycée Pascal

    Global Education Experience

    Ecole Trinité

    Colegio Maristas, Spain

    Lexicon (linguistics) Spain

    CTS Language Link (translation agency) 

    Health, Science, Environment

    Research Assistant, Universidad de Granada (Biology Department)

    Clinique vétérinaire (Paris)

    Research laboratory (Paris)

    Public health, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture (Senegal) 

    International Relations, Economics, Business and Financ

    Bank of Kuweit (Paris)

    Unión Iberoamericana de Municipalistas

    BNP Paribas (marketing and technology)

    French Heritage Society

    Mona Bismarck Foundation

    France-Amériques

    IOR Global Services

    Small business development (Senegal)

    Study Abroad

    Students majoring or minoring in a language naturally want to go abroad to practice their skills.  Here are a just a few of the many countries where we have programs that you can consider. Many more can be found on the Global Engagement Office website:

    Spanish

    Argentina

    Chile

    Costa Rica

    Cuba

    Ecuador

    Mexico

    Peru

    Spain

    French

    Belgium

    Canada

    France

    Guadeloupe

    Morocco

    Reunion

    Senegal

    Switzerland

    Chinese

    China

    Hong Kong

    Malaysia

    Taiwan

    Arabic

    Jordan

    Malaysia

    Malta

    Morocco

    United Arab Emirates

    German

    Austria

    Germany

    Switzerland

    Portuguese

    Brazil

    Portugal

    Abby Brand ’10

    Abby Brand ’10 studied economics and French before becoming an attorney.

    Benedetta Borri ’15

    Benedetta Borri ’15 works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after studying Chinese