Carthage in Chicago: New opportunities for students, faculty and alumni
Carthage is launching a new program that will allow up to 20 students to work, study, and live in Chicago for an entire semester.
Carthage in Chicago will let students take part in an internship or a major academic project, as well as a variety of classes — all while living in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Interested students can apply immediately to the program, which will begin in fall 2014.
“This semester-long program is designed to provide Carthage students with full-time internships drawn from the vast opportunities that exist in Chicago,” Carthage President Gregory S. Woodward said. “Seeking and engaging in an internship is one of the most powerful academic activities a student can undertake. Doing this within the regular semester calendar gives our students an advantage in the marketplace to find internships and, eventually, to secure positions after college.”
Learn more about Carthage in Chicago at one of these information sessions in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium.
The Office of Career Services, in partnership with faculty, will arrange for a limited number of positions. Students also are encouraged to secure their own internships, at least six months in advance.
A 2013 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers showed that 63 percent of college graduates with paid internships received job offers, compared to 35 percent who didn’t have internships. The interns also gained a significant edge in starting salary.
Home to 32 Fortune 500 companies, the Chicago metropolitan area offers a wealth of employment opportunities in many fields. Carthage also benefits from a strong alumni support network in the Windy City.
“Our alumni are an essential component to the initial launch and continued success of the Chicago internship program,” said Carolynn Friesch, the College’s director of internships. “By sharing internship leads, hosting a Carthage student intern, or serving as a professional mentor, they can be a valuable resource for the College.”
Program participants may embark on a major academic project instead of an internship. The project could include a service-based learning experience, research project, or independent study, and it requires faculty and administrative approval.
The academic component of Carthage in Chicago initially will include two or three evening courses each semester that focus on the city as text. Possible topics could include architecture, performing and fine arts, history, economics, politics, and public relations. Carthage faculty members can propose a course or weekend seminar.
Program administrators are exploring a variety of housing options, which will include the choice of single or shared bedrooms. The College welcomes recommendations from members of the Carthage community for suitable housing or classroom space in the Chicago area.
Students also can expect to take numerous trips to museums, concerts, culinary explorations, and other sites of interest.
“Living, working and studying in the great city of Chicago is in itself a highly valuable learning experience,” President Woodward said, “and it enriches the already bountiful learning that goes on every day on the shores of Lake Michigan at the main campus in Kenosha.”
Regular tuition and financial aid packages will remain in effect, as long as the student maintains a minimum 12-credit load. All enrolled Carthage students are eligible to join the Carthage in Chicago program, which has a maximum capacity of 20.
Applicants should submit a Student Interest Form and email a resume to Chicago@carthage.edu by Dec. 6. Interviews will be conducted in the Office of Career Services from November to February, and candidates will be selected in late February.