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.
  • Majors included: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. Additional Majors considered: Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
  • 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 2022 Internship Programs

Spring 2023 Semester

January 17, 2022 – May 3, 2023

September 13 and 14, 2022Grainger Engineering Career Fair (optional)
September 21, 2022 Recommended deadline to commit to 2023 programs
September 30 – November 11, 2022Review and interview period for companies
October 13, 2022**Updated dateIn-person networking event with candidates
November 11, 2022Matching preference deadline
November 16, 2022Matches announced
January 17, 2023First day of internship
May 3, 2023Last day of internship

Summer Break

May 2023 – August 21, 2023. For companies interested in offering continued internships (no program fee required)

Fall 2023 Semester

August 21, 2023 – December 6, 2023

February 19, 2023Last chance for new companies to commit to Fall 2023 program
February 24, 2023 –
April 21, 2023
Review and interview period for participating companies
March 22, 2023In-person networking event with candidates
April 21, 2023Matching preference deadline
April 25, 2023Matches announced
August 22, 2023First day of internship
December 6, 2023Last day of internship

For More Details and 2023 Program Rates

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

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