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The Emerge Scholars program is a paid 8-week summer internship and personalized leadership development program that empowers and equips emerging leaders from under-resourced communities to change the leadership landscape of their respective industries and communities.


Why you should Apply!

  • Chicago Scholars has a pipeline of talented & prepared youth

  • Our Applicants take part in an intense vetting process and we invite our Career Partners to take part in the selection process (if desired)

  • We harness the power of training, coaching, and feedback

  • We provide regular assessment of the Scholars

  • We provide a Career Partner guide to ensure a good summer experience

  • Our Friday Growth Labs (at other locations) provide ongoing skill and career development

Ways to Partner

Host Two Scholars

An investment of $10K covers the cost for two students. We hope that each career site will host a minimum of two at their company.

Sponsor a Scholar

If you are unable to host a Scholar, you can also participate by underwriting the cost of a Scholar’s summer development.

Host a Growth Lab

Growth Lab hosts provide Emerge Scholars with the opportunity to hear from a senior leader from the company or organization, a facility tour, conference room space, and meals for 20 Scholars.

EMERGE: Ways to Partner

Key Dates

Jan 2nd – Application Opens

Jan 16th – Emerge Career Partner Breakfast

March 1st – Application Closes

April 1 -19th – Scholar Interviews

May 2019 - Scholar Matching

June 10th - Orientation Week (Program Begins)

June 14th - Career Partner Mixer

June 17th – 1st Day at Work

August 2nd – Emerge Celebration (Program Ends)

Want to learn more?

Register for an informational on Wednesday, January 16th from 8 am-9:15 am, to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

Apply to host an Emerge Scholar

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