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Deepen your experience or launch your career with an internship

What is an Internship?

An internship is a professional learning experience that offers an opportunity to do real work related to a student’s field of study or career interest for a limited period of time. A high-quality internship meets these criteria:

  • Consists of a part-time or full-time work schedule that includes a clear job description for the work the student will do.
  • Brings the student into the organization and its culture as a valuable employee.
  • Helps the student develop skills and clarify their professional goals.
  • Provides feedback and further training to the student intern.

National Internship Programs

America Needs You connects talent with opportunity. They work with ambitious first-generation college students by giving them the skills, mentorship, and access they need to create a meaningful career after college. Fill out the interest form to receive important updates on the application process.

Here are the benefits you receive as an ANY Fellow:

  1. A Mentor Coach to provide one-on-one support
  2. Access to internships at prestigious companies and organizations
  3. Networking opportunities with industry professionals
  4. Up to $2,000 in professional development grants
  5. Career Development training to learn and practice important career success skills

Illinois (Chicago) Internship Programs

Youth Job Center partners with young people to provide job preparation and wrap around services, including work readiness training like resume creation and interviewing skills, and continued career planning. Their Next Stop program provides participants with a stipend while working on work readiness activities to determine their next steps.

Chicago200 is an annual leadership program that convenes young (age 18-25) diverse leaders from across the Chicagoland area to address the question: “How will we make Chicago a city for all?”

TA98‘s mission is to tackle the unemployment rates for young adults 16-24 by providing meaningful career opportunities. Their programs equip young adults with 21st Century Skills by providing an intensive 8-Week Personal + Professional Development training.

BravenX is a 14-week virtual fellowship experience that equips participants with the skills, confidence, networks, and experiences necessary to launch a strong career. It is aimed at participants in their sophomore or junior year of college who have a hunger to attain a strong post-grad opportunity, though all students who have completed at least one semester of college can participate.

The Great Opportunities (GO) program is a youth development program designed to help assist young adults between the ages of 16-24 years old with the education and exposure needed to embark on a path toward college or a career. This program provides the education, employment and experience to be successful. The GO Program offers a number of events and classes to help set you up for success when it comes to getting into college or a job.Contact Victoria Dorris at to find more information and to start your GO Program journey.
Some of the programs offered are the following:

  1. Resume Workshops
  2. Employment Leads
  3. Job Readiness Training
  4. Internships
  5. Drop-Out Prevention
  6. Financial Aid

Genesys Works is a non-profit organization that offers workforce development training and internships to high school students in underserved communities. Their goal is to empower students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills and opportunities needed to succeed in their careers and become leaders in their communities.

Through their programs, Genesys Works bridges the skills gap and creates a diverse pipeline of talented professionals who can contribute to the workforce and drive economic growth.

Urban Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides workforce development training and paid internships to high school seniors in underserved communities. Their mission is to empower young people with the skills, experience, and support needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency and lead fulfilling lives.

Through their programs, Urban Alliance connects students with local businesses and organizations to provide real-world work experience and build professional networks. Their goal is to create a pipeline of talented and diverse professionals who can contribute to the workforce and drive economic growth in their communities.

Talk with your high school counselor to see if your high school is patterned with Urban Alliance!

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