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EMERGE: Summer Career and Leadership Fellowship Program

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Invest for Kids and Chicago Scholars has launched Emerge, a seven-week career & leadership development fellowship program. We have selected 21 impressive Fellows that will be paired with career partners around the city and gain meaningful leadership and professional development experiences through a paid internship position and continuous professional development sessions. Our team will provide leadership training, transformative feedback, and a stipend throughout the summer.

 
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These amazing young leaders have been chosen to participate in Emerge this summer! The 21 chosen inaugural Fellows represent 15 Chicago neighborhoods, are students at 14 colleges and universities across the country, and are an amazing example of Chicago’s next generation of leaders. Our Fellows will intern at companies and organizations across the city – including healthcare, technology, law, government, finance, and education.

Meet the 2018 cohort below – and stay tuned to hear more about these leaders and their work over the course of the Fellowship!

 
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Aleksandra Rzadkosz

Dunning
University of Michigan
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
The McCormick Foundation

“My goal for the Emerge Fellowship is to build meaningful relationships within my cohort while working on a project from concept to completion and becoming an adaptable and transformational leader.”

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Amanda McIntyre

South Deering
Dartmouth College
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Heidrick & Struggles

“True growth and maturation comes from becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable and, thus, learning how to react in unfamiliar environments.”

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Aramide Apooyin

Rogers Park
Kalamazoo College
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Northwestern Mutual

“I look forward to expanding my network entering college and I want my decision-making capabilities to be developed more as a leader.”

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Audrey James

Roseland
Howard University
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Northwestern Medicine

“I hope to gain well equipped professional experience during the emerge fellowship as well as pushing myself beyond minimal expectations of a leader.”

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Cassandra Lopez

Fuller Park
Case Western Reserve University
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Women’s Business Development Center

“I look forward to meeting new people, learning new skills, and building a network that will help me create a significant impact in my community as a leader.”

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Christeena Jojo

Dunning
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
The McCormick Foundation

“I am excited to gain experience in a work environment and to work with different people.”

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Emilio Reyes

Gage Park
Stanford University
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Mobile Doorman

“I am excited to learn and develop my skills and learn how to work cooperatively with other people as a leader.”

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Ifeoluwa Atunnise

West Ridge
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Northwestern Medicine

“I am looking forward to gaining new experiences that will help me develop into an experienced, skillful, and advanced leader.”

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Jakelin Cervantes

West Lawn
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
City Year of Chicago

“Attending this Summer Fellowship will allow me to explore the real world of healthcare firsthand and aid me in improving my communication skills in a professional atmosphere.”

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Jawon Griffin

Ashburn
Illinois State University
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Heidrick & Struggles

“I look forward to meeting new people and learning how I can utilize my strengths.”

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Jazmin Ayala

Garfield Ridge
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
First American Bank

“I am looking forward to developing professionally, expanding my network and enhancing my ability to influence others into pursuing their goals.”

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Jose Magana

Brighton Park
Pomona College
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Chicago Scholars

“I hope to emerge a better colleague, a better co-worker, a better professional and a better activist after working with my Emerge cohort and the Chicago Scholars team this summer.”

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Juan Franco

North Lawndale
St Olaf College
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Noble Network of Charter Schools

"I am looking forward to working with fellow Chicago Scholars and I hope to expand my leadership qualities.”

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Khadejah Milhan

North Park
Northwestern University
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Chilton Yambert Porter

“I plan to make meaningful connections during this experience and hope that I will become a more confident leader in the workplace.”

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Sana Leebe

West Ridge
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Cook County State's Attorney's Office

“Being part of the Emerge Fellowship, I am very much looking forward to working at the Cook County State Attorney's office and learning the type of work that they do there, and I hope to learn skills that will make me a better leader for my community!”

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Sofiya Affey

West Ridge
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Women’s Business Development Center

“This summer with the Emerge Fellowship, I hope to step out of my comfort zone, connect with inspiring leaders, and learn more about myself and my interests all while gaining professional experience.”

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Trevaleyus Harris

Austin
Albion College
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
City Year of Chicago

“I am looking forward to learning new skills and learning more about myself. I want to apply what I've learned to help me improve as a leader.”

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Wendy Alvarez

Albany Park
University of Wisconsin Madison
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Chilton Yambert Porter

“I am most looking forward to gaining professional experience and making connections to add to my network. I hope to be developed as a leader by learning how to overcome obstacles and help people grow.”

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Yaira Soriano

West Ridge
Boston College
Chicago Scholars Class of 2021
Internship: 
Cook County State's Attorney's Office

“With the experience and knowledge gained from this fellowship, I hope to use these tools and professional elements to emerge as a humble leader who seeks to work with the community through attentive and progressive participation.”

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Yu Jing Chen

West Ridge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

“I am most looking forward to developing and discovering new skills to succeed and lead in my future career through the different tasks and people I will meet, while also learning about what career environment or field I thrive the most in.”

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Yvonne Rong

Brighton Park
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chicago Scholars Class of 2022
Internship: 
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

“I look forward to being in a real work setting, developing communication and management skills from peers and mentors.”

 

For more information about the Summer Leadership and Career Fellowship Program, email emerge@chicagoscholars.org.