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Lake Forest College’s Academic Internship Program (for-credit) is at the heart of our four-year career preparation plan for students. 

Lily Coyl Lily Coyl ’20 turned her interest of Native American culture into an internship at Chicago’s Field Museum while she was participating in the College’s In The Loop Program.

Get real experience before graduation.

A robust experiential learning program

  • Close proximity to Chicago and a strong network of alumni and friends give students access to a range of internships few other colleges can offer
  • Students can pursue up to three internships for credit
  • Rising juniors and seniors with interests in all areas of study can take one or more internships and still graduate on time
  • Forester Fundamental Curriculum (FFC): All students are required to complete an experiential learning opportunity as part of the Forester Fundamental Curriculum (FFC). The FFC ensures that students integrate their traditional classroom learning with experiential-based work. This might include an internship, summer fellowship, or senior thesis. By connecting theory and practice, students develop new skills and extend their knowledge and training to unfamiliar tasks and situations beyond the classroom environment. 

Opportunities in Chicago and beyond

Few other colleges can provide students with access to Chicago’s range of internship options during the academic year and summer. Students can live and work in downtown Chicago through the Lake Forest College In The Loop program. Beyond Chicago, students have access to 200+ off-campus study programs - many of which involve internship or research experiences.

Earn college credit 

Over half of students earn credit for internships before graduation.

Rising juniors and seniors can earn academic credit through their participation in our Academic Internship Course (for-credit) in place of a traditional class. Students can complete multiple for-credit internships while still graduating on time. 

Start the process early!

Some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your CAC Internship Specialist to discuss the Academic Internship search and application process within the first two weeks of the semester prior to your planned internship, but no later than 3 weeks before the add/drop date for classes in the semester you plan to intern.

Find additional information about on- and off-campus research opportunities both as part of the Off-Campus Study Program, Student Honors and Research, and Summer Research sites.