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In the Loop Program: Best college experience yet

Last year Kenyan Nadeige Uwamba ’17 studied abroad in Paris, where she interned at a United Nations organization, yet ranks her current situation—participating in the College’s In The Loop Program—as her best college experience by far.

“It’s amazing. I just love it,” the international relations and French double major said. “So far, this has been the highlight of my college experience.”

Lake Forest College In The Loop is a residential Chicago semester where students live at The Flats, a residential building located in the South Loop in the heart of the Wabash Arts Corridor, and complete up to 300 internship hours while completing coursework in the Loop campus, at Loop partner universities and colleges, or on the Lake Forest College main campus. The program began in fall 2011.

Recent In The Loop Internships include:

  • ESPN Sports
  • Chicago Sun-Times Media
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • United Airlines
  • Working Bikes Cooperative
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Clear Channel-Chicago
  • ABC Channel 7, “Windy City Live” 
  • TimeOut Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

Uwamba works three days a week at UNICEF as a major gifts intern in the non-profit organization’s Chicago office. She takes two classes in the city—one at Roosevelt University and the other at the In The Loop Program. Her third class is back on campus in Lake Forest, where she also works and is able to continue her participation in College Council, among other activities.

“Living in the Loop is more convenient for my internship. I can attend all all the fundraising events—daytime, evening, and weekend—and I can still go back to campus and feel part of what’s going on there, too,” she said. “I like that I’m still part of the school.”

The experience has helped Uwamba plan for her future: she wants to be in a large organization and in a large city. “I just love stepping out of my building and seeing skyscrapers and meeting so many different people every day,” Uwamba said. “Getting the chance to live in Chicago has been the best experience of my life.”