Find a Job – GradPlan

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), also known as the Better FAFSA, will open by December 31, 2023. Learn more here.


Find a Job

Explore Job Boards and highlighted jobs and internships

There are lots of ways to find a job. If you’re interested in working at a certain organization, you can check their website for open positions. You might also hear about an opportunity from someone you know. Other times you have to go find a job that fits your interests, needs, and schedule.


Here are some tips to help you have a successful job search–

  • Update your resume. Make sure it is professionally formated and free of errors
  • Have a teacher, counselor, or trusted adult proofread your resume
  • Make a digital copy of your resume to upload with your applications
  • After applying, wait three days then call the hiring manager and ask when you might hear back about your application

Job Boards

Employers often post open positions on a job board. Most job boards allow you to use filters to narrow your search so that you can find a job that’s the right fit for you. Explore these popular jobs boards to get started–


Job board that allows you to search for jobs based on different criteria such as part time vs. full time remote jobs. Online jobs might be a great opportunity for college students with busy course loads to make money. This article lists some popular online job opportunities for college students.


Similar to Indeed, LinkedIn has a job board that allows you to search for job/internship opportunities. You are able to look for part-time or full-time positions and even find jobs/internships that are even remote! LinkedIn is also a platform that is used by professionals to network with one another and gives job-seekers a chance to connect with the employer.

USA Jobs

Similar to LinkedIn and Indeed, USA Jobs is a job-searching platform in which people are able to find jobs/internships; however, the difference with this is that it is all government-related jobs. This is especially useful for students for seek to pursue government-related jobs in the future.

Part Time Nanny

Job board to find nanny jobs that work with your schedule. Opportunities available for various levels of skill and experience. Background check required.

Chicago-based Job Boards

Youth Job Center Job Board

Chicagoland job training facility provides a free Jobs Board listing a variety of jobs for young people.

South Side Chicago Job Board

Community specific opportunity platform lists a variety of jobs located in south side Chicago.

Youth Job Resources

Regional jobs board includes openings posted by the city of Chicago specifically for young people and first-job seekers.

Chicago-based Job Opportunities

After School Matters, Chicago

Teens 14 and older can apply for a variety of programs that support career exploration, and professional skill development. Programs often include hands-on learning opportunities, as well as mentorship and coaching.

WAGE: Participants earn a stipend based on attendance and/or program completion

Chicago Park District

The Parks has a variety of seasonal and year-round jobs available for students ages 16+. See this flyer for more info and click here to search and apply.

Transitional Youth Leader (TYL) — Chicago Public Schools

Transitional Youth Leaders support CPS graduates in their post-secondary journey. Ideal candidates are outgoing, committed to learning and supporting peers, and have at least one year of experience on campus.

WAGE: $15 per hour

SCHEDULE: 15-20 hours per week

Email questions or your resume to

Transitional Youth Leader (TYL) Supervisor — Chicago Public Schools

Transitional Youth Leader Supervisors Supervisor positions support 8 TYLs. You must be a graduate student to apply.

WAGE: $20 per hour

SCHEDULE: 20-25 hours per week

Email questions or your resume to

ISACorps Community Worker, Illinois

Support young people with academic, financial and social barriers faced in life after high school. This position receives extensive training and career development support, and a tuition waiver for  Illinois public universities.

SCHEDUE: Full-Time


Tutor Corps– Chicago Pubic Schools

Work with elementary students (K-5) on reading or middle school students (6-12) on math.

WAGE: $20-22 per hour

SCHEDULE: 20+ hours per week preferred, during CPS school day, must commit to at least one full semester

Learn more»           Apply»

Chicago Regional College Program (CRCP)

CRCP provides tuition assistance for package handlers at UPS in Hodgkins, IL

WAGE: $24 per hour + tuition assistance at a partner college/university and free public transportation to work (medical benefits, and paid vacation offered after 9 months)

SCHEDULE: 3.5-5 hours per shift, shifts are Monday through Friday at night (10 p.m to 3:30 a.m.) or early morning (3:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)

Wealth Management & Investments Intern – Northern Trust, Chicago

Develop professional skills with a project-based internship. Focus areas include

  • Analytical research for market-related topics
  • Investment review preparation
  • Sales and marketing campaigns
  • Data Science
  • Webinars and trainings

SCHEDULE: 10 weeks

Early College Summer Program Support , Chicago Public School & OneSummer Chicago

Coordinate with partners to ensure the success of summer internships, conduct interviews and provide follow-up communication and support data collection and evaluation.

WAGE: paid

SCHEDULE: Part-Time/Seasonal Job – Summer

Recommended Resources


Get A Job
Illinois Jobs

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X, human rights activist