International Internships – Chicago
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International Internships – Chicago
Our internships in Chicago offer comprehensive professional development and cultural immersion. Our Chicago internships span all career fields and we are proud to partner with a range of leading companies and organizations.
Chicago is a global business hub and is considered to be one of the financial centers of the world. Our internships in Chicago offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experience in one of the most important cities in the US, and the world, all while making important global connections and boosting their resume and future career. The opportunities are limitless in the Windy City. Our internships in Chicago will set you apart in competitive job markets around the world. Successful candidates will develop professionally and personally, learning from industry professionals in leading internships. Chicago is the perfect location for ambitious, young professionals looking to take their career to the next level.
For those seeking life-changing international internships, Chicago is the perfect place. Chicago is an international hub for business, finance, engineering, media, publishing, architecture and much more. Because of this, our internships in Chicago give applicants the chance to gain vital work experience and industry exposure on a global level.
Our program offers much more than leading internships. Chicago is a giant of a city, the third most populous city in the USA, and we want it to feel like your home. For this reason, we provide all of the stability and support necessary to ensure that your experience is seamless and rewarding. Quality accommodation, all of your public transportation in Chicago, advanced professional training, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included alongside our leading internships. Chicago will feel like your home in no time with this local support.
You will form lifelong friendships with other program participants, build networks which span the globe, and forge long-lasting connections. Program participants will also become part of our powerful alumni network for life after completing their internships. Chicago is the ideal city for growing your professional and personal networks.
Due to the exclusivity of our partner companies, it must be noted that our Chicago internships program is selective.
Apply today for one of our career-launching internships. Chicago is the perfect place to boost your career with The Intern Group.
Chicago is the ultimate depiction of the best of both worlds. It’s bursting at the seams with world-famous skyscrapers, financial exchanges and corporate giants, but is draped alongside the beautiful backdrop of one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan. It’s a powerful player on the global stage in commerce and finance, but its streets are overflowing with friendly, Midwestern locals. Nicknamed the capital of the Midwest, Chicago is where the bustle of the big city meets the charm and sociability of small town living.
There is no better place for your international internship. Chicago is influential in commerce, finance, engineering, publishing and much more not only in the US but all over the world. No matter your interests, the opportunities in Chicago are endless. Home to the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies and stock exchanges, Chicago confirms its importance as a global leader in commerce and finance. For those looking to boost their business or finance careers with leading internships, Chicago is a strategic choice. If you are creatively inclined, Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace will be sure to inspire you. Chicago’s cosmopolitan cultural scene will motivate you to go above and beyond. There is truly something for everyone in Chicago.
An open-air gallery of astonishing architecture and outdoor sculptures, Chicago’s Loop is home to everything from the world’s first highrises to some of today’s tallest towers and works by Picasso. Get a closer look at the architectural delights from the top of the Willis Tower, look out over Lake Michigan and quickly discover why Chicago is known as the Windy City. Discover more about these creative constructions in one of Chicago’s many world-renowned museums.
If museums aren’t your thing, head over to Wrigley Field, home of the beloved Cubs, and catch a game. If you find yourself needing to escape the hustle and bustle, make your way over to Millennium Park, check out Cloud Gate, commonly known as “the Bean”, and relax in one of the world’s most futuristic parks. Grab a slice of deep-dish pizza, Chicago’s delicacy and soak in the sights.
From Magnificent Mile to the beautiful beaches, the staggering skyline to Navy Pier, Chicago exudes global importance and embraces natural beauty. The city meets in the middle as a multicultural, Midwestern metropolis.
Visa Requirements for Chicago
There are many visa options for international students who are selected to take part in our U.S Internship Program.
The most common is the J-1 visa. You must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be enrolled as a full time student at a tertiary educational institute or have graduated within 12 months.
- Be studying towards/have obtained a degree.
- Secure a U.S internship that is related to your field of study and submit a Training Plan as completed by your Host Company in the USA. We will arrange all of this.
- All applicants must have sufficient return evidence in order to be approved by the US Embassy. Return evidence can be a letter from your University/College stating that you will return to resume or continue your studies after your internship in the USA. For applicants not intending to return to study, this should be a letter from an employer stating that when you return from the US there will be a job available for you. If you hold a property deed for a property this will also be accepted in some cases.
- Proof of funds. You must show proof that you will have access to at least $750 for every month during your internship in the USA. This can be in the form of original bank statements and/or a Guarantor’s letter. You must submit your proof of funds with your application and at your US Embassy interview.
- Be prepared to leave the US 30 days after completion. These days can only be used for the departure and for traveling.
- The estimated cost of the sponsored J-1 visa is 1,135 USD. Please note that this could vary slightly depending on your specific embassy or consulate’s fee.
- If you need to expedite your visa there is an additional fee of 450 USD.
- You will also need to purchase insurance.
What is the age requirement?
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?
Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.
To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.
Private Bedroom in a Shared Accommodation
We offer interns in Chicago accommodation in shared apartments with other interns and international students. You will have your own lockable private bedroom. All apartments are equipped with bedding, basic cooking utensils and WIFI internet service. We take care to make sure that all of our housing options are located within safe areas with a reasonable commute (about 30-60 minutes is normal) to your internship by bus, metro or walking.
All participants on The Intern Group program automatically benefit from a host of unique advantages.
In addition to a professional internship placement and housing, our Chicago internship program provides you with the following:
A full array of top class professional development resources. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 4 key components to our professional development suite.
- Workplace skills workshop focusing on many areas including professional development and core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
- Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEOs and corporate leaders
- A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience.
- A personalized, one hour session with a professional Alumni Success Coach. Our experienced career coaches specialize in a wide variety of topics ranging from landing your dream job, to Linkedin branding and negotiating salaries. You choose from our portfolio of experts who you would like to guide you through your next steps after your international internship. *Eligible for interns interviewed after June 1st, 2017.
Transportation in Chicago: We provide you with a pre-loaded transportation card for the duration of your stay, giving you free use of Chicago’s metro system, buses and trains for your work commute! With your work commute covered, you can focus on settling into this amazing city and excelling in your internship.
A full calendar of social and cultural events: Our full-time local team in Chicago knows the city inside out and will show you the best of it. The Chicago internship program includes the following events:
A trip to the Art Institute of Chicago
Regarded as one of the top museums in the world, explore the Art Institute of Chicago’s impressive collections which include a variety of modern and contemporary art.
Chicago Architecture River Cruise
Learn about Chicago’s rich history through the city’s beautiful landmarks, all while cruising along the beautiful Chicago river.
Experience a full 360 degree view of Chicago from the observation deck in the John Hancock building, soaring 1000 feet above the famous Michigan Avenue.
Navy Pier Centennial Wheel and Rides
Enjoy Chicago’s lakefront treasure, the most visited attraction in the Midwest. Hop on one of the amusement park rides or climb aboard the Centennial Wheel to see incredible views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.
At one of the most renowned centers of scientific knowledge and research, meet SUE, the world’s largest and complete T-Rex, along with other impressive wonders of the world.
An active international community in Chicago where gatherings are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime.
Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in Chicago are all experts on the city and are incredibly proud of it– they want to show you why. They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in Chicago as well as your airport drop-off at the end of your internship.
This is the Chicago Experience. The Intern Group in Chicago will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in Chicago includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in Chicago:
*Note: The cost of the program is fixed in US Dollars (USD). The approximate equivalents in other currencies are displayed here only for your convenience.*
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Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.
Program Start Dates
Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:
Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*.
*10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July).
*5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.
Discount for Financial Aid Recipients– If you are a college student in the US receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in the UK receiving a Maintenance Loan of over £8200 or a Maintenance Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.
To see if you’re eligible for the Chicago Program, please click here.
Please see our Terms & Conditions for full details.
Submit application online.
Schedule an interview by phone or skype with our admissions team.
Evaluation of your interview and resume/CV by our admissions team.
If you are accepted into the program, congratulations!
Confirm your place in the program by making a deposit of 500 British Pounds.
Half of balance due
50% of your remaining fee is due within 30 days of enrollment. Our money-back guarantee covers you through the entire process.
Remaining balance due
You will be asked to pay the remaining balance within 21 days of having your internship role confirmed.
Pack your bags
You are ready to start the adventure of a lifetime!