Internships, Summer Camps and Career Learning Experiences

Name / Application Date / Description / Fee / Eligibility / Website for info and registration
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital-Park Ridge, IL
High School Internship Program / Now- April 6, 2016 / Introduces current high school juniors and seniors to career opportunities in health care. Selected students spendfive weeks during the summer in a hospital environment, immersed in various hospital areas: Music Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Child Life, Volunteer Services office, Orthopedic Patient Care Unit and Surgical Patient Care Units. Must be able to work20 hours/week for 5 weeks over summer. / 14 $500 scholarships available / High school juniors and seniors / Click here
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Barrington
High School Internship program / March 14- April 2, 2016 / Students will receive information on projected annual salaries and job outlook, education requirements and will observe the following areas:
  • dietary
  • laboratory
  • nursing
  • pharmacy
  • physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • radiology
The program will meets in the month of June, Monday through Friday, eight hours a day. No vacation or personal days are permitted. / Unpaid Internship / High School Juniors
Students are chosen based on their interview, teacher/counselor recommendation, written essay, past experiences and grade point average. / clickhere

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Summer 2013 ECP Summer Institute

/ Registration now open /

Session 1 (two weeks): June 13 – June 24, 2016

Session 2 (three weeks): June 27- July 8, 2016

Session 3: Two weeks Monday, July 11–Friday, July 22
Session 4: Four weeks Monday, June 27–Friday, July 22 / Approx. $2800
Financial assistance is available in the form of need-based aid and merit scholarships. / Students who are at least 15 and no more than 18 and who have completed sophomore, junior or senior year / Click here
Camp Cardiac
Rosalind Franklin University-N.Chicago, and Rush Medical Center/Chicago / Applications open in late January 2016
April 4th- scholarship deadline / Camp Cardiac is a 1-week (Monday to Friday) summer day camp running daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Hands on Workshops and Career information / $650 before March 14th
$750 up until April 25th
Full and partial scholarships available / Open to all high school students at least 15 years and older as of first day of assigned session. / Click Here
Camp Neuro
Rush Medical College / Applications open in late January 2016
April 4th- scholarship deadline / July 18-22, 2016 Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:00pm (daily)
Hands-on Workshops
Campers will learn a variety of skills, including how to tie surgical knots, take patient histories, and perform basic routine physical exams.
Lectures on basic brain anatomy and physiology.
Brain Dissection / $650 before March 14th
$750 up until April 25th
Full and partial scholarships available / Open to all high school students at least 15 years and older as of first day of assigned session. / Click Here
Columbia College Chicago-High School Summer Institute /

Applications now being accepted

/ High School Summer Institute (HSSI) offers rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates a rigorous, hands-on, creative college experience in the majors offered at Columbia. With this program, the college furthers its commitment to fostering education in the arts and creating greater access to higher education for students of all backgrounds.3 week program offering college level courses exploring arts, media and communication fields
July 11-July 29 / Tuition is $1,335 per each three-credit course. The cost of housing is $1,600.
1 scholarship available for incoming Freshman / Sophomore, Juniors and Seniors / Click here
Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce /

Always accepting applications

/ This is an unpaid internship working with the Office Manager at the Chamber office in Fox Lake. Duties will include: support in membership/support to chairpersons/committees, assist in informational phone calls to chamber, assist with news articles for newsletter, assist in updating files and reports, and support ongoing chamber work. / Unpaid / Sophomore- Senior / See Mrs. Schaefer in Career Center

IAI: Illinois Aerospace InstituteSummer Camp

/ APPLICATIONS available January16
Enrollment is limited to the first 40 qualified applicants, so register early.
April 15th is deadline /

Session 1 June 25-July 2, 2016

Session 2 July 17-23, 2016
The Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp is a one-week residential program for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about the fields of aerospace engineering and aviation / $900 / Students entering grades 9-12- includes lodging at U of I, meals and instruction. / Click here

University Of Illinois Summer Camps

/ Varied- see website /

Various Summer camps for middle and high school students:

Concert Band
Global Studies
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science
Girls Building Awesome Machines
Girls Learning
Electrical Engineering + MORE / Varied / Middle-high school students / Click Here for all U of I Summer Camps
IIT Experiment in Architecture /

Applications for 2016 accepted now thru May 1st

/ Two-week program is designed to introduce high school students to the profession of architecture. Held on Illinois Institute of Technology’s historic Main Campus, offering unique access to the largest collection of Mies van der Rohe buildings anywhere. Teachers and students take advantage of Chicago as a dynamic laboratory of architectural speculation and discovery.
Commuter July 4-15
Residential July 17-July 30 / Commuter- $875
Residential- $1500 / Those finishing Sophomore or Junior year / Click here
Midwestern University Careers in Pharmacy program /

Application not available yet

/ The Careers in Pharmacy Program consists of a short course of organized, hands-on activities in pharmacy-related topics offered on the campus of Midwestern University. The program provides an overview of pharmacy education and various careers in pharmacy, as well as link students to mentors who will provide career counseling in this health profession career. Two Sessions Offered (choose one): June 13 - 17OR July 11 - 15
Monday - Friday; 9:00am - 5:00pm / 16 years of age and completed Junior year of high school, minimum 3.0GPA and in top 30%, top grade performer / Clickhere
Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Cherubs

2016 dates TBD


No info yet for 2016

The Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute, also known as the Medill cherub program or Medill cherubs, is a five-week summer journalism program for rising high school seniors. Students apply in February or March of their junior year of high school.

/ $5300
scholarships available / High School Seniors / Clickhere
Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development Summer Programs:
Civic Leadership Institute

Now accepting student applications

/ July 10-July 29, 2015
Three-week summer service-learning program for outstanding high school students completing grades 9 through 12. The program combines hands-on education, meaningful service, powerful speakers and seminars and an unforgettable residential experience for a summer that students often describe as “life-changing.” / $3800-3900
Financial Aid available / Grades 9-12 / Click here
Northern Illinois University Summer Academic Camps /

Applications accepted now

/ Weeklong camps in: Creative writing, journalism, speech, film, broadcasting, Global leadership, geography,
June-July, 2016 / $595 / Grades 9-12 / Click here
Museum of Science and Industry/Science Minors Program /

Now Accepting

/ Science Minors attend 10 weeks of science education and training by Museum staff and external scientists, then volunteer to conduct interactive science experiments for Museum guests. / N/A / 14-18 years old / Click Here

Shedd Aquarium/Shedd Stewards

/ Available now /

Join other pre-teens and teens (middle and high school students) in the Chicago area to explore local ecosystems while earning service learning hours! Spend a day outdoors monitoring, maintaining, and improving habitats so you, your community, and our native animals all have green spaces to enjoy. Past eventsincluded an invasive species removal stewardship activity followed by canoeing in the Skokie Lagoons.

March 19th
April 9th
May 14th / Free / Middle school-high school / For info and registration
Click here

Shedd Aquarium/High School Lake Ecology (HSLE)

/ Applications must be postmarked by Mar. 11, 2016 /

Orientation May 10

Pre-trip session July 6-8
Field component session July 12-19
Post Trip July 21-22

Kayak and discover the beauties of Lake Superior’s natural treasures while learning about aquatic science and exploring the ecology of the Great Lakes region in the Apostle Islands with Shedd Aquarium staff members. No camping or kayaking experience necessary.

/ $1,100 Full and partial scholarships available / High School age 14 and up / For application Click here

Shedd Aquarium/High School Marine Biology (HSMB)

/ Applications must be received by February 26, 2016 /

Orientation May 5

Pre-trip June 27-July 1
Trips July 7-14 or July 17-24
Post-trip Aaugust2-4

Travel to the Bahamas and live aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II. Shedd’s High School Marine Biology program allows you to observe and experience life as a marine science researcher. Immerse yourself in discoveries by conducting your own research.

/ $1,895
Full and partial scholarships available / High School age 14 and up / For info and application
Click here

SSP-The Summer Science Program at Univ. of Colorado and New Mexico Tech

/ 2016 Applications available now-deadline March 4, 2016 / A 39-day residential enrichment program designed to challenge highly gifted high school students (rising seniors) from around the world
June 19- July 27-New Mexico
June 26-Aug 3-Colorado /

$4700, scholarships available


Open to high school juniors who excel in Math and Science

/ Click here

Fermilab TARGET Program- Batavia, IL

/ 2016 available now through February 26 / A highly competitive paid summer internship for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors who have strong interest and demonstrated aptitude for mathematics and the sciences, physics, in particular. The program’s goals are to encourage high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers grounded in physics, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
July 5-August 12, non-residential, 8:30-4, 5 days a week paid internship /

Paid Internship


Sophomores and Juniors

/ Click here for more info
University of Wisconsin Madison Engineering Summer Program /

Application deadline is Tuesday, April 4th.

/ Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, fieldtrips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will helpstudents gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.
June 18th-July 29th, 2016 / $40 application fee, fee waiver available / Incoming Juniors and Seniors / Clickhere
Veterinary Mentoring Program /

Applications available in April

/ Anti-Cruelty Society and The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine program for high school students runs through April 2017 / N/A / Sophomore- Senior / To Be Posted

Western Illinois University

Summer Youth Programs

/ Forms for registration are available now. / June 5-10, 2016
This program,offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, explores math, geology, neuroscience, meteorology and Robotics, nursing, chemistry, physics, and psychology in a hands-on learning environment. An astronomy viewing as well as geology and biology field trips areincluded as part of theprogram. / Varied / Grades 9-11 / Click here