January 25th, 2010
Here at Chicago Center, we want to give you the best picture of what a great comprehensive Chicago internship program can be like and what it can teach you. So we plan to regularly bring you descriptions of our student practicums written by the participants themselves!
By understanding former students’ experiences in their Chicago internships, you can also understand the benefit a Chicago Center practicum can bring to your education, career and life. This week, Dave Reid from Willamette University, talks about his time with the Chicago Center.
Dave’s Chicago Internship Experience
Dave participated in the 2009 Fall semester Urban Academic Practicum. He spent three days a week working in his internship at the Austin Polytechnical Academy, where he worked as a teaching assistant to high school students. One day a week, he took part in our Chicago Communities and Cultures Seminar, and one day a week he took a Directed Studies course. Students are asked to keep an academic journal while participating in Chicago Center, here’s what Dave had to say in his journal summarizing his Chicago Center experience:
Dave Reid works with high school students in his Chicago internship.
January 4th, 2010
Chicago internships can assist you in facing one of the biggest life transitions: Starting a career. Getting a job right out of college these days is harder than ever. With a lagging economy and a job market saturated with entry-level employees, finding employment can be difficult no matter how qualified you are.
What are employers looking for more than anything? Real experience. And a great way to get real on-the-job experience is through choosing a Chicago internship in your field.
How can a college internship help you get a job?
Well, there are skills that you learn and tools you acquire that make the Chicago internship experience completely irreplaceable on your way to your chosen career. Here are the things a college internship can teach that make you a better candidate for employment. Read More
January 4th, 2010
Chicago summer internships give you extremely valuable professional skills that can assist you in your search for a job and for the career that will satisfy you. However, being in Chicago teaches you a lot more than just professional skills. Living in one of the country’s urban centers can teach you life lessons and skills that you can’t learn any other way.
If you have never lived in a urban setting, an internship in Chicago can be an eye-opening experience since you’ll be living in the city. First of all, you will have to learn to get around! In our Chicago internship programs, we allow you to get oriented before you start your internship and seminars.
One of the first things you learn is how to get around. The famous “El” train, buses and even trolleys can help you get around in the Windy City, and we’ll help you get accustomed to riding public transportation. Before you know it, it will feel like second nature. Bus and train routes become more than just lines on a map as you get to know the landmarks and attractions of the city. Read More