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.”
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.