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Invest for Kids and Chicago Scholars Emerge internship program is currently recruiting a diverse cohort of passionate leaders! We will be selecting 100 Emerge Scholars 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.


Why you should Apply!

  • Early Internship Experience

  • Intimate Conversations with Chicago’s top leaders

  • Personalized Career Support

  • Summer Stipend

Application Timeline

  • February 6 - Application Information Webinar

  • March 1st - Application Deadline

  • April 1-19th - Applicant Interviews Begin

  • May - Emerge Scholars Announced

  • June 10th - Orientation Begins

  • August 2nd – Emerge Celebration (Program Ends)

Want to Learn More?

Register for an informational webinar on February 19th from 5:30pm-7:00pm, to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

Apply Now!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where could I be placed as an Emerge Scholar?

We will place Emerge Scholars 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 Scholars 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 Emerge Scholars?

As an Emerge Scholar 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 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 the Emerge Scholar program?

We are looking for dedicated and passionate leaders to participate in year 2 of the program . These individuals must be rising college sophomores or juniors, who will be in the Chicagoland area throughout the summer. We are looking for Scholars with demonstrated academic performance, leadership potential and initiative .

Will Emerge Scholars be paid throughout the summer?

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

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