Chicago Semester

Chicago semester classes

Central College was a founding member of the Chicago Semester program. This semester-long program is tailored for students seeking placement in social work or education, and eager to collaborate with a diverse array of schools and organizations throughout the city. For those interested in social work, placements at non-profit organizations focused on criminal justice, family and children services, among several others, provide a comprehensive and enriching experience in the heart of Chicago. This is a consortial program offering internships or student teaching in Chicago during the fall or spring semester and is completed typically during a student’s 3rd or 4th year of college.  Students participating in internships take two graded seminar courses taught by Chicago Semester staff.  In addition to outstanding career-related internships, student attend fine arts and cultural events, navigate metro transportation, and live in apartments in downtown Chicago.  Students will register for one internship (9 credits) and two seminar courses (6 credits) for a total of 15 credits. Student teachers will register for student teaching (12 credits) and a seminar focusing on contemporary issues related to the urban classroom environment (3 credits).  Application information and details about the selection process for the Chicago Semester are available from the director of career development and civic engagement. For additional information, please go to the Chicago Semester website at


The summer program consists of 10 weeks in which students will complete one course (3 credits) as well as a combined Internship/ Professionalism Seminar (6 credits).