Summer Internships

Employers increasingly look to their interns when considering full-time candidates. Performing well in a summer internship can set you apart and give you an extra edge concerning your next step after College.

Summer internships, as opposed to internships completed during the Academic Year, provide the opportunity to spend more time at your internship site. You can live at home while completing an internship, on the Lake Forest College campus, in downtown Chicago as part of the College’s ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program, or experience a new environment altogether.

Students completing an Academic Internship over the summer will work with the Career Advancement Center to identify and set internship goals, as well as target employers offering meaningful learning experiences.

Important Summer Internship information concerning eligibility, Academic Internship policies, and next steps for U.S. CITIZENS, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on an F-1 or J-1 Visa, and TRANSFER STUDENTS may be found below.

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U.S. Citizens

Eligibility

Academic Internships are available to juniors and seniors who wish to pursue an opportunity linked to their major or minor. Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. 

  • Students must be in good judicial and academic standing by time of application and must receive academic advisor approval.
  • Students must be of junior or senior status during semester of completion.Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the Career Advancement Center. Contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for more information.
Important Policies

Please refer to our Academic Internship Program Fact Sheet for additional information regarding the internship search process and timeline.

Some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor 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.

  • Students interested in pursuing an Academic Internship must first complete the Academic Internship Interest Form.
  • Internship must be completed in a student’s major or minor.
  • A minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 2 credits may be awarded for each internship per semester. 
    • 1 credit = 150 hours of on-the-job experience
    • 2 credits = 300 hours of on-the-job experience
    • A student will not typically be allowed to receive more than a total of 3 internship credits during their time at the College. 
      • Exception: Students in the Lake Forest College In The Loop program can earn up to 4 internship credits, with the 4th credit being taken during the In The Loop program.
  • Retroactive credit is not permitted. In order for you to earn credit for your internship you must complete required weekly assignments supervised by your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor concurrent with the internship experience.
Summer Internship Timeline

Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor can help you set internship start/end dates to ensure requirements and hours are completed appropriately.

  • Academic Internships must be completed by the end of the College’s Summer 2 Term. Certain exceptions may be made for internships that extend into August, provided you receive advance approval from your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor.
  • Summer Academic Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. That said, the preferred registration deadline for a Summer Academic Internship is the one week prior to the College’s Summer 1 Term, and no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the Summer 2 Term.
  • Once you have secured an internship, you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship.
  • In order to be approved for summer internship credit, students must submit all requested materials prior to the start of their internship. Students must not start their internship before securing approval. See the Academic Internship Course webpage for additional details.
Financial Information

There is a cost attached to completing an Academic Internship during the Summer Term. The College charges $3,300 per internship credit (2-credit internship = $6,600). Financial Aid may apply and students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

Funding is available to all students completing unpaid Academic Internships. That said, priority will be given to rising juniors and seniors completing domestic Academic Internships. Funding is meant to assist with the cost of an unpaid Academic Internship that a student would not otherwise be able to pursue due to financial constraints during their time at the College. Funding awards are largely based on financial need.

Please visit the Internship Funding Webpage for more information.

Important Next Steps
  1. Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form. The Career Advancement Center will assign you to an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search.
  2. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines.
  3. Connect with your Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  4. Meet with your assigned Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship approval process. Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor will also help you craft your resume and cover letters and prepare for interviews.
  5. Once you have secured an internship you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship. 
ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program

ACTIVATE is the College's off-campus residential summer program in Chicago. Students participating in the ACTIVATE program live at the College’s Chicago residential building, receive cutting-edge career preparation and mentorship from the Career Advancement Center, and benefit from an Academic Internship at a Chicago internship location.

  • ACTIVATE is open to rising juniors and seniors.
  • ACTIVATE is an 8-10 week program. Students may choose between the eight-week and ten-week program.
  • Students complete an Academic Internship as part of the ACTIVATE program, as well as career-focused workshops facilitated by Lake Forest College faculty.

Please contact Director of the Center for Chicago Programs, Jennie Larsen, and/or visit the ACTIVATE webpage for more information regarding the program.

International Students

Eligibility

Academic Internships are available to international students with junior or senior status who wish to pursue an opportunity linked to their major. Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. 

  • Students must be in good judicial and academic standing by time of application and must receive academic advisor approval.
  • Students must be of junior or senior status during semester of completion.Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the Career Advancement Center. Contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for more information.
Important Policies

Please refer to our Academic Internship Program Fact Sheet for additional information regarding the internship search process and timeline.

Some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor 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.

  • Students interested in pursuing an Academic Internship must first complete the Academic Internship Interest Form.
  • International students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must complete their internship in their major.
  • A minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 2 credits may be awarded for each internship per semester. 
    • 1 credit = 150 hours of on-the-job experience
    • 2 credits = 300 hours of on-the-job experience
    • A student will not typically be allowed to receive more than a total of 3 internship credits during their time at the College. 
      • Exception: Students in the Lake Forest College In The Loop program can earn up to 4 internship credits, with the 4th credit being taken during the In The Loop program.
  • Retroactive credit is not permitted. In order for you to earn credit for your internship you must complete required weekly assignments supervised by your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor concurrent with the internship experience.
Summer Internship Timeline

Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor can help you set internship start/end dates to ensure requirements and hours are completed appropriately.

  • Academic Internships must be completed by the end of the College’s Summer 2 Term. Certain exceptions may be made for internships that extend into August, provided you receive advance approval from your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor.
  • Summer Academic Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. That said, the preferred registration deadline for a Summer Academic Internship is the one week prior to the College’s Summer 1 Term, and no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the Summer 2 Term.
  • Once you have secured an internship, you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship.
  • In order to be approved for summer internship credit, students must submit all requested materials prior to the start of their internship. Students must not start their internship before securing approval. See the Academic Internship Course webpage for additional details.
Financial Information

There is a cost attached to completing an Academic Internship during the Summer Term. The College charges $3,300 per internship credit (2-credit internship = $6,600). Financial Aid may apply and students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

Funding is available to all students completing unpaid Academic Internships. That said, priority will be given to rising juniors and seniors completing domestic Academic Internships. Funding is meant to assist with the cost of an unpaid Academic Internship that a student would not otherwise be able to pursue due to financial constraints during their time at the College. Funding awards are largely based on financial need.

Please visit the Internship Funding Webpage for more information.

Important Next Steps
  1. Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form. The Career Advancement Center will assign you to an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search.
  2. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines.
  3. Employment authorization is required for international students before they start their internship:
    • F-1 Visa international students, contact Erin Hoffman, Associate Dean of Students (x5200, hoffman@lakeforest.edu).
    • J-1 Visa international students, contact Alexandra Olson, Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office, (x5231, aolson@lakeforest.edu). 
  4. Connect with your Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  5. Meet with your assigned Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship approval process. Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor will also help you craft your resume and cover letters and prepare for interviews.
  6. Once you have secured an internship you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship. 
ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program

ACTIVATE is the College's off-campus residential summer program in Chicago. Students participating in the ACTIVATE program live at the College’s Chicago residential building, receive cutting-edge career preparation and mentorship from the Career Advancement Center, and benefit from an Academic Internship at a Chicago internship location.

  • ACTIVATE is open to rising juniors and seniors.
  • ACTIVATE is an 8-10 week program. Students may choose between the eight-week and ten-week program.
  • Students complete an Academic Internship as part of the ACTIVATE program, as well as career-focused workshops facilitated by Lake Forest College faculty.

Please contact Director of the Center for Chicago Programs, Jennie Larsen, and/or visit the ACTIVATE webpage for more information regarding the program.

Transfer Students

Eligibility

Transfer students must complete at least one semester on the Lake Forest College campus before pursuing an Academic Internship.

Academic Internships are available to transfer students of junior and senior standing who wish to pursue an internship linked to their major or minor (Note: International students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must complete their internship in their major only). Internships are supervised by an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who helps facilitate learning and self-reflection. 

  • Students must be in good judicial and academic standing by time of application and must receive academic advisor approval.
  • Students must be of junior or senior status during semester of completion.Sophomores who wish to complete an Academic Internship must submit a written appeal to the Career Advancement Center. Contact cacintern@lakeforest.edu for more information.
Important Policies

Please refer to our Academic Internship Program Fact Sheet for additional information regarding the internship search process and timeline.

Some employers start recruiting for student interns several months in advance! Therefore, we recommend that you meet with your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor 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.

  • Students interested in pursuing an Academic Internship must first complete the Academic Internship Interest Form.
  • Internship must be completed in a student’s major or minor.
  • A minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 2 credits may be awarded for each internship per semester. 
    • 1 credit = 150 hours of on-the-job experience
    • 2 credits = 300 hours of on-the-job experience
    • A student will not typically be allowed to receive more than a total of 3 internship credits during their time at the College. 
      • Exception: Students in the Lake Forest College In The Loop program can earn up to 4 internship credits, with the 4th credit being taken during the In The Loop program.
  • Retroactive credit is not permitted. In order for you to earn credit for your internship you must complete required weekly assignments supervised by your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor concurrent with the internship experience.
Summer Internship Timeline

Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor can help you set internship start/end dates to ensure requirements and hours are completed appropriately.

  • Academic Internships must be completed by the end of the College’s Summer 2 Term. Certain exceptions may be made for internships that extend into August, provided you receive advance approval from your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor.
  • Summer Academic Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. That said, the preferred registration deadline for a Summer Academic Internship is the one week prior to the College’s Summer 1 Term, and no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the Summer 2 Term.
  • Once you have secured an internship, you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship.
  • In order to be approved for summer internship credit, students must submit all requested materials prior to the start of their internship. Students must not start their internship before securing approval. See the Academic Internship Course webpage for additional details.
Financial Information

There is a cost attached to completing an Academic Internship during the Summer Term. The College charges $3,300 per internship credit (2-credit internship = $6,600). Financial Aid may apply and students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

Funding is available to all students completing unpaid Academic Internships. That said, priority will be given to rising juniors and seniors completing domestic Academic Internships. Funding is meant to assist with the cost of an unpaid Academic Internship that a student would not otherwise be able to pursue due to financial constraints during their time at the College. Funding awards are largely based on financial need.

Please visit the Internship Funding Webpage for more information.

Important Next Steps
  1. Complete the Academic Internship Interest Form. The Career Advancement Center will assign you to an Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor who will help you with your internship search.
  2. Review the complete Academic Internship Program Guidelines. 
  3. Connect with your Academic Advisor to ensure that an Academic Internship will fit into your academic plan.
  4. Meet with your assigned Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor to discuss the Academic Internship approval process. Your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor will also help you craft your resume and cover letters and prepare for interviews.
  5. Once you have secured an internship you must contact your Internship Specialist or Faculty Internship Supervisor for information on how to register your internship.

*International Students on an F-1 or J-1 Visa:
Employment authorization is required for international students before they start their internship:

  • F-1 Visa international students, contact Erin Hoffman, Associate Dean of Students (x5200, hoffman@lakeforest.edu).
  • J-1 Visa international students, contact Alexandra Olson, Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office, (x5231, aolson@lakeforest.edu). 
ACTIVATE: Summer Internship Program

ACTIVATE is the College's off-campus residential summer program in Chicago. Students participating in the ACTIVATE program live at the College’s Chicago residential building, receive cutting-edge career preparation and mentorship from the Career Advancement Center, and benefit from an Academic Internship at a Chicago internship location.

  • ACTIVATE is open to rising juniors and seniors.
  • ACTIVATE is an 8-10 week program. Students may choose between the eight-week and ten-week program.
  • Students complete an Academic Internship as part of the ACTIVATE program, as well as career-focused workshops facilitated by Lake Forest College faculty.

Please contact Director of the Center for Chicago Programs, Jennie Larsen, and/or visit the ACTIVATE webpage for more information regarding the program.

Internship Specialist/Faculty Internship Supervisor Contact Information

To earn credit for an Academic Internship, students must work with an Internship Specialist/Faculty Internship Supervisor in their major/minor area of study. International students must pursue their internship in their major only.

*Choose the Career Pathway below, related to your major/minor, to view Internship Specialist/Faculty Internship Supervisor contact information.

Business and Finance

Economics/Business/Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science

Vernard Lockhart
Internship Specialist
847-735-5235
lockhart@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Creative Arts and Communication

Art, Art History, Communication, English, Music, Music Education, Theater

Danielle Kelly
Internship Specialist/Pathway Leader
847-735-5235
dkelly@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Law and Public Service

American Studies, Area Studies, Asian Studies, Foreign Languages, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Sociology and Anthropology

Ben Rohde
Internship Specialist/Pathway Leader
847-735-5235
rohde@lakeforest.edu 

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Science and Health Care

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Physics, Pre-Health 

Pauline Binder-Finnema
Pathway Leader - Research Internships (excluding Psychology)
847-735-5235
pbinderfinnema@lakeforest.edu

Jyoti Rao
Internship Specialist (excluding Research and Psychology)
847-735-5235
jrao@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment via Handshake. Need help scheduling an appointment? View our Handshake Help Page here.

Psychology

Psychology, Neuroscience
More information

Kathryn Dohrmann
Faculty Internship Supervisor
847-735-5245
dohrmann@lakeforest.edu

*Schedule an appointment with Professor Kathryn Dohrmann directly at dohrmann@lakeforest.edu.