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UChicago Youth Internship Program

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About

The University of Chicago Youth Internship Program is a paid summer employment opportunity for South Side high school students that is focused on strengthening the pipeline to STEM careers. Launched in 2021, the UChicago Youth Internship Program (YIP) serves Chicago Public School and charter school students over the course of two summers.

The Year 1 Experience takes an earn and learn approach with career and college preparation through workshops, seminars, and activities. This includes a guest speaker series from a variety of STEM professionals, workplace tours, professional leadership lessons, college tours, post-secondary planning, and service learning.

The second summer, participants who successfully completed the Year 1 Experience are eligible to reapply for a YIP Year 2 Internship within one of several University units for a six-week job in health sciences, computer sciences, or IT services.

YIP partners with One Summer Chicago, a citywide initiative through the Department of Family & Support Services’ Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides youth with employment and enrichment opportunities during the summer months.

Terrell Odom, director of the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities, and Youth Internship Program intern Joshua Polk

Qualifications

The UChicago Youth Internship Program is looking for motivated, hardworking students who:

  • Have an interest in learning about health sciences, computer sciences, or IT services
  • Want to explore career and college pathways after high school
  • Are at least 16 years old by June 24, 2024 and authorized to work in the United States
  • Are residents of the city of Chicago
  • Attend a Chicago Public School or charter school
  • (For Year 2 Internships) Successfully completed the Year 1 Experience in 2023

Priority will be given to students with a 3.0 minimum unweighted GPA who either live in or attend a high school in the Office of Civic Engagement’s nine-neighborhood focus area on the South Side: Douglas, Grand Boulevard, Greater Grand Crossing, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, South Shore, Washington Park, and Woodlawn.

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Program Dates: June 24 to August 2, 2024

Year 1 interns will work and attend programming Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Year 2 interns will work and attending programming Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

There will also be 1-2 payroll onboarding and orientation events taking place in the spring and summer that participants will need to attend.

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Apply

Year 1 Experience: Submit your application through the One Summer Chicago website (opens in early 2024). Be sure to list UChicago as your preferred agency --- here is how.

After completing the One Summer Chicago application, individuals should monitor their emails provided in the application in case they are invited to a group interview.

Year 2 Internship: Applications will be available to complete from January 16, 2024 to February 12, 2024. Applications will be released via email to participants who successfully completed the First Year Experience in Summer 2023. Reach out to ucyip@uchicago.edu with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use the expandable menu below to find answers to frequently asked questions about the UChicago Youth Internship Program. 

Year 1 Experience: One Summer Chicago will determine the due date, but we STRONGLY encourage you to apply as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of being invited to a group interview.  We have limited spots available!

Year 2 Internship: Applications will be available to complete from January 16, 2024 to February 12, 2024. Applications are due February 12, 2024 by 11:59pm. The application will consist of student information, family information, short answer questions, and a resume.  Your high school counselor will also need to submit a copy of your most recent transcript by February 16, 2024 at 11:59pm

Year 1 Experience: Apply for the Youth Internship Program on the One Summer Chicago application and be sure to list University of Chicago as the agency you want to work with. Use this step-by-step application guide to help.

Year 2 Internship: Applications will be released via email to participants who successfully completed the First Year Experience in Summer 2023. To ensure we have the right email address on file, feel free to reach out to ucyip@uchicago.edu

Year 1 Experience: The Year 1 Experience takes an earn and learn approach with career and college preparation through workshops, seminars, and activities. This includes a guest speaker series from a variety of STEM professionals, workplace tours, professional leadership lessons, college tours, post-secondary planning, and service learning.

Year 2 Internships: While specific tasks will vary between departments, all interns will have assignments that support projects or initiatives of the department. These assignments could include trainings, inventory updates, job shadowing, summarizing research, assisting with scheduling, attending meetings and taking notes, and other tasks as assigned. Regardless of where a student is placed, all interns will create and deliver a formal presentation about their internship that can be used for future job searches or college applications.

Interns who participate in the program will:

  • Earn an hourly wage of $15.80 for up to 20 hours a week for 6 weeks
  • Attend workshops focused on career exploration, professional development, and more
  • Prepare for the college application process through college tours and workshops
  • Develop valuable skills and experience, whether you want to work immediately after graduation or attend college
  • Meet other students and career professionals with similar interests

Students must be at least 16 years old by June 24, 2024 and authorized to work in the United States to be considered for this program.