At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Summer Links Internship Program

Summer Links is an intensive 11-week, paid internship program for 30 returning College and graduate students committed to public service, community building, and social change. Started in 1997 and sponsored by the Dean of the College, Summer Links has placed over 350 students in substantive internships with more than 150 organizations throughout the city of Chicago.

Summer Links interns work Monday through Thursdays at community-based and nonprofit organizations that engage in direct service, advocacy, and research addressing a diverse range of issues. On Wednesday and Friday evenings the Summer Links group comes together for trainings about Chicago and social justice issues that include guest speakers, site visits, community exploration, and group discussion.

Previous Host Sites Include:
• John Stroger Hospital
• World Relief Refugee Services
• Housing Opportunities for Women
• Metro Chicago Information Center
• Latinos Progresando
• South Chicago Art Center

Summer Links Programming:
In addition to their internships, Summer Links participants engage in a week-long orientation, Friday trainings, and Wednesday evening discussions. These group sessions address Chicago issues in community contexts, relying on first-hand observation and local expertise to challenge participants to reexamine beliefs, assumptions, and past experiences of the city. Past sessions have included activities ranging from visits to the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center, to youth theater skits about gentrification, to conversations with a variety of city and community activists and leaders.

Summer Links also provides the option of heavily subsidized on-campus summer housing. Half to two-thirds of participants usually choose to live in this program housing, creating yet another opportunity to build and strengthen the Summer Links community.

Fall Information Sessions:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
6:30-7:30 Harper Memorial Library 130

Monday, November 8, 2010
6:00-7:00 Harper Memorial Library 130

Thursday, December 2, 2010
6:00-7:00 5710 S. Woodlawn Community Lounge

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
6:00-7:00 Harper Memorial Library 130

APPLICATIONS DUE: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at 5:00pm
For more information on the Summer Links program, please visit or contact Trudi Langendorf, Assistant Director, at (773) 834-2699 or

No comments:

Post a Comment