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Career Connections


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

  • 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
  • More than 50% of students graduate with internship credit
  • Rising juniors and seniors with interests in all areas of study can take one or more internships and still graduate on time
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.

Get 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.  

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.

Internship News

  • Julie Lord ’21 interned at Cumulus Media in NBC Tower in the summer ACTIVATE program.
    Ten Foresters put their education to work this summer while living together and interning in Chicago through the Lake Forest College ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program.
  • Sangjun Hornewer '19

    When Sangjun Hornewer ’20 needed an internship to fulfill an essential component of her Lake Forest College In The Loop experience this semester, she turned to her Career Pathway Leader at the Career Advancement Center for help.