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Carthage in Chicago

Spend a semester living and working one of the most dynamic cities in the world

By Mike Moore, Carthage College

Carthage has launched a program that allows up to 20 students to work, study, and live in Chicago for an entire semester. Carthage in Chicago lets students take part in an internship or a major academic project, as well as a variety of classes — all while living in Chicago.

“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.”

“Seeking and engaging in an internship is one of the most powerful academic activities a student can undertake.”

The Office of Career Services, in partnership with faculty, arranges 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 had no internships. Those 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 includes three evening courses that focus on the city as text. Courses scheduled for Fall 2014 include:

  • Politics and Play in Chicago
  • America at War: Vietnam and Iraq (making use of the Pritzker Military Library)
  • Arts of the Americas: Exploring Native American Traditions in Chicago

The College has partnered with HI-Chicago to provide housing and classroom space. The location in the Loop offers convenient access to internship sites, restaurants, museums, public transportation, and resources from nearby universities.

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 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.

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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • In recent years, the number of students majoring in the natural sciences at Carthage has seen a sharp increase particularly in:

      • Biology (up 77 percent)
      • Computer Science (up 88 percent)
      • Neuroscience (up 67 percent)
      • Physics (up 58%)
    • Distinguished full-time faculty teach in nine fields of study in the Division of Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, entrepreneurial studies, geography and earth science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics and astronomy.

    • Carthage has the nation’s oldest undergraduate technical entrepreneurship program. Founded in 1994, the ScienceWorks program has propelled hundreds of Carthage graduates beyond traditional postgraduate options and into entrepreneurial and innovative areas.

    • The Division of Natural Sciences at Carthage currently has more than 720 science majors — a number that has doubled in the last five years. The division serves every student on campus.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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