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 2022 Semester

January 19, 2022 – May 4, 2022

September 8 and 15, 2021Grainger Engineering Virtual Career Fair (optional)
September 22, 2021 Recommended deadline to commit to 2022 programs
October 1 – November 12, 2021Review and interview period for companies
October 6-15, 2021Virtual Networking events
November 12, 2021Matching preference deadline
November 17, 2021Matches announced
January 19, 2022First day of internship
May 4, 2022Last day of internship

Summer Break

May 7, 2022 – August 21, 2022 . For companies interested in offering continued internships (no program fee required)

Fall 2022 Semester

August 22, 2022 – December 7, 2022

February 16, 2022Last chance for new companies to commit to Fall 2022 program
February 25, 2022 –
April 11, 2022
Review and interview period for participating companies
March 2-11, 2022Virtual and in-person networking events
April 11, 2022Matching preference deadline
April 18, 2022Matches announced
August 22, 2022First day of internship
December 7, 2022Last day of internship

For More Details and 2022 Program Rates

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

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