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Chicago Field Studies (CFS)

Type of Program: Academic Internship Program – one quarter in duration
Educational Purpose/Goal:

CFS allows students to explore career paths through participation in internships.

Students take a seminar-style class in addition to their internship(s).

They reflect critically on their experiences and share their insights and analysis of workplace issues with classmates and guided by instructor.

Students develop critical tools and strategies to analyze work, culture and career paths.

Program Structure:

Students must apply to participate in the program.

If accepted, students meet with a career advisor to discuss their interests and the process to secure an internship.

Once a student accepts an internship, they register for the class that occurs 3 hours once a week over 9-10 weeks of the quarter.

Students work in their internships, and in the class discuss the issues and experiences with classmates, guided by the instructor, readings and weekly assignments.

Target Audience:


Students who wish to link theory with practice, explore career fields, gain work experience and build skills.

Students needing assistance in internship search as well as those experimenting with different career possibilities.

Students in Junior or Senior year are eligible to apply.

Participation/ Entrance Requirements: Students must apply via the CFS website and
must have completed their sophomore year.


Sample Classes:

  • Business Field Studies
  • Field Studies in the Modern Workplace
  • Field Studies in Humanities
  • Field Studies in Public Health
  • Legal Field Studies
  • Field Studies in Social Justice
  • Field Studies in Civic Engagement

Special Features:


  • Internship Search
  • Career Development
  • Career Advising
  • Workforce Preparation
  • Summarizing Complex Data
  • Presenting Information Orally
  • Decision-Making
  • Hands-on Experience
  • Field Studies
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