North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

Career Development and Internships Office

Internship Planning

Internships are a valuable way to gain real-world work experience, expand your skills, build your resume, and explore what career path is right for you. At North Park, we offer access to hundreds of business and nonprofit internship opportunities throughout the city.

Start the internship process by making an appointment to see us for a one-on-one consultation. We’ll help you identify your interests and provide:

  • Internship search strategies
  • Resume development tools
  • Access to internship postings
  • Forms and information you need if you want to receive academic credit

Internships for credit are available to any student in the traditional undergraduate program at North Park University. No matter what you’re studying, an internship may be a great way to expand your skills and explore options for jobs after college.

Some programs (like athletic training and nursing) integrate internships and clinical experiences so closely into the curriculum that your departmental faculty will assist you in your placements.

Other programs require internship credit to earn a degree (such as business and economics concentrations), but you are responsible for finding an internship site. That’s where we come in: in partnership with your faculty advisor, we can help you identify and secure an internship that will let you use what you’re learning and be a great addition to your resume.

Recent Internship Placements

  • YMCA of the USA
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Grub Hub
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • WGN-TV
  • ICM Properties
  • Peoples Music School
  • Christopher House
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Associated Colleges of Illinois
  • WTTW
  • Athletico
  • Skokie Family Clinic
  • Autism Speaks
  • By the Hand
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Eligibility Criteria

Juniors and seniors must meet the following criteria to participate in the academic internship program:

  • Students must have a declared major/minor and have a faculty sponsor from that major/minor
  • Internships must be done at a site where they may directly use the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained from their academic major/minor
  • Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 at the time of application
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above in their major
  • Students must have been enrolled at North Park University for one full academic year prior to the start of their internship
  • Students must have third or fourth year status

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – May 15
  • Spring semester – October 15
  • Summer semester – March 15

Forms

Credit Hour Options

This chart shows how many hours you need to work in an internship to receive a credit hour.

Credit Hours Total Hours Weekly Hours (approx.)
1 150 10
2 175 12
3 200 14
4 225 16

 

For more information about internships, please contact Renee Martinez.