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EMERGE: Summer Career and Leadership Fellowship Program

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Invest for Kids and Chicago Scholars is launching a workforce internship program this summer and is currently recruiting a diverse cohort of passionate leaders! We will be selecting 20 fellows to be paired with career partners around the city and provide them with meaningful leadership and professional development experiences through a paid internship position and continuous professional development sessions. Our team will provide leadership training, transportation assistance, transformative feedback, and a stipend throughout the summer.

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Why you should Apply!

Early Internship Experience
Intimate Conversations with Chicago’s top leaders
Personalized Career Support
Participation in the Inaugural Cohort of Fellows
Summer Stipend

Application Timeline

May 7 - Application Information Webinar - Register
May 11 - Application Deadline
May 21 - Applicant Interviews Begin
May 25 - Inaugural Fellows Announced
June 4 - Orientation Begins

For more information about the Summer Leadership and Career Fellowship Program, email


Want to Learn More? Register for the Webinar

Register for an informational webinar on May 7th from 6 - 7:30 p.m., to learn more about this amazing opportunity.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where could I be placed as an intern?

We will place fellows at multiple locations around the city based on interest, although the primary goal of this program is career exploration. Possible Industries include: Finance, Corporate Business, Law, Non-Profit, STEM, and Government. Throughout the 8-week program fellows will be introduced to multiple industries and learning cross functional skills that can be utilized in any career sector.


What does a typical week look like for fellows?

As a fellow you will be participating in a fast-paced learning environment throughout the summer. Four days of the week will be dedicated to workforce development as an intern at a company or organization in the city, and Fridays will be dedicated to immersing fellows in professional and leadership development sessions that will propel them to becoming effective and passionate leaders.

This fellowship program is an 8-week interactive experience. Typical days begin at 9am and conclude at 5pm, with possible exceptions.


Who is the ideal candidate for this fellowship?

We are looking for dedicated and passionate leaders to participate in this inaugural cohort of fellows. These individuals must be rising college freshmen or sophomores, who will be in the Chicagoland area throughout the summer. We are looking for fellows with demonstrated academic performance, leadership potential and grit.


Will fellows be paid throughout the summer?

Each fellow will receive a stipend for their participation in the summer fellowship program, and transportation expenses will be covered. Any additional supplies or materials will be covered by the fellowship program.