Museums, libraries, and other organizations in Chicago offer summer learning opportunities for teenagers in the form of internships, jobs, and other programs. Many offer payment or stipends, or the chance to earn a college scholarship. But act quickly: Some applications are due in late March.
Adler Planetarium. Teens have several options at Adler. Students currently in 8th grade or high school can apply to become Citizen Science Ambassadors, where they will work together to design and conduct projects in astronomy and/or ecology research. The program meets Tuesday through Thursday afternoons from July 5 through August 10, and the application deadline is April 8. Adler also offers an Astro-Science Workshop for teens considering careers in science. The free workshop will offer hands-on opportunities about space exploration that involve telescope observing, light pollution, and high-altitude ballooning. The workshop meets Monday through Friday from July 9-27, with an application deadline of May 1. To learn about all of the opportunities for teens and to apply, visit the planetarium’s website.
After School Matters. Teens can apply for summer positions through After School Matters, which will offer programs in the arts, communications, science, sports, and technology. Positions will be available to current 8th-12th graders. Applications will be accepted starting in late March at the group’s website, which also will have maps to show openings throughout the city.
Chicago Summer Business Institute. Current high school sophomores and juniors can apply for paid summer internships to learn about accounting, business management, banking and finance, information technology, engineering, government, law, and the nonprofit world. The internships are available to Chicago residents and are offered through the Chicago Public Schools, although students attending charter or parochial schools also can apply. The application deadline is March 31. For more information, visit the CSBI website.
Field Museum. Students 16-18 can apply for a five-week paid summer internship to gain hands-on scientific research experience in the museum’s plant and insects collections. Interns will create an interactive digital game based upon their scientific work that will be temporarily installed in the museum and is playable by the general public. Students will work directly with Field Museum scientists, digital learning specialists, and game designers. The internship runs Monday through Friday, July 2 through Aug. 3. The deadline for applications and all supporting materials is March 30. More information is available at the museum’s website.
One Summer Chicago. Teens at least 14 years old can apply for jobs through the city of Chicago’s summer employment program. Applications are now open for summer jobs, and all applications must be completed online; the deadline is May 15. Tips on applying for summer jobs also are available online. Last summer, 70,000 youths applied for 31,000 jobs, and many received work experience with corporate and community employers.