Program Details

City Scholars leverages University of Illinois’ nationally renowned College of Engineering to build Chicago’s tech pipeline.

Who Are City Scholars

  • University of Illinois Engineering Juniors and Seniors.
  • 2019 Majors included: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Additional 2020 Majors considered: Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, Physics
  • Top students who can balance living in Chicago, taking classes, and interning.
  • Future leaders who want to have a role in Chicago’s tech ecosystem.

City Scholars Program Overview

  • Illinois students available to work 20 hours per week in Chicago offices during spring or fall semesters.
  • Option to extend semester internship into summer or full time offers.
  • Illinois provides online and in-person classes in Chicago, keeping students on track to graduate.
  • Leading faculty connect classroom theory to practical application.
  • Our cohort experience connects them directly to executives, experts, and civic leaders who make Chicago thrive.

Company Commitment and Student Recruiting

Companies that partner with Illinois Engineering for the City Scholars program will pay students a pre-set hourly wage for 20 hours per week. A program fee for each student hired helps offset the costs of student instruction and programming in Chicago. Students will be admitted to the City Scholars program based on an assessment of their academic transcript and résumé. Companies will have an opportunity to meet and select student interns through networking sessions and one-on-one interviews.

Timeline for Corporate Participation

Partnerships available for Spring and Fall 2020 Internship Programs

Spring 2020 Semester

January 21, 2020 – May 6, 2020

August 26, 2019Start of Fall 2019 Semester
Companies committed by this date are included
in on-campus marketing
September 20, 2019Deadline to commit to City Scholars
for 2020 programs.
September 27 2019 –
October 30, 2019
Review and interview period for
participating companies
October 2, 2019Networking event;
on campus interviews optional October 2-4
October 30, 2019Matching preference deadline
November 4, 2019Matches announced
January 21, 2020First day of internship
May 6, 2020Last day of internship

Summer Break

May 18, 2020 – August 21, 2020 . For companies interested in offering continued internships (no program fee required)

Fall 2020 Semester

August 21, 2020 – December 9, 2020

February 14, 2020Last chance for new companies to commit
to Fall 2020 program
February 21, 2020 –
March 27, 2020
Review and interview period for
participating companies
March 4, 2020Networking event;
on campus interviews optional March 4-6
March 27, 2020Matching preference deadline
April 1, 2020Matches announced
August 24, 2020First day of internship
December 9, 2020Last day of internship

For More Details and 2019 Program Rates

Brenna Conway
Director, City Scholars Program
College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(312) 585-9005
conwaybw@illinois.edu

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