ACM: Chicago Program
ACM Chicago Program
Subjects: The ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with the city of Chicago. The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies – students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines. The program offers an innovative mix of academic work, including an internship, independent study project, common core course about the city of Chicago, and a variety of seminars focused on the arts and creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and urban studies and social justice. Students are able to explore the vital issues facing cities and the people who live and work in them, while digging deeper to relate these issues to their personal lives, education, and career aspirations.
The program is offered in both the fall and spring semester, and students earn a full semester worth of academic credit.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing and demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall or Spring Semester
Credit: 4.00 Albion units (16 semester hours). 1.0 unit internship, 1.0 unit core course, 1.0 units seminar course, 1.0 unit independent study project.
Housing: Students live with other Chicago Program participants in furnished, shared apartments in various neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago. While locations may vary each semester, apartments are located close to public transportation and a variety of amenities. The neighborhoods where students live are an integral part of the program, as students get involved with local community organizations and examine neighborhood issues as part of their classes.
Cost: Students pay Albion College tuition, plus the ACM program fee (which covers housing, field trips, some instructional materials, and a local transportation pass for the semester).
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Meals, travel to and from Chicago, materials and supplies, cultural events/entertainment, and miscellaneous personal expenses. For more information, go to the ACM Chicago Program cost page
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Comments: The ACM Chicago Program is open to students of any major. While the internship component of the program is important, the Chicago Program offers a balanced curriculum of two classes focused on Chicago, an independent study project (ISP), and the internship. The ISP gives students the chance to pursue a topic that relates to their personal and/or academic interests during the semester, and can take many forms, depending on the project. For examples of recent projects, see this resource page. The Chicago Program has a long history dating back to 1969, with over 5,000 alumni of the program.
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Mentoring and Success at Albion College
Who is an Albion Mentor?
Albion Mentors are Albion alumni, friends, and parents who have successfully navigated college and careers. They enjoy the personal satisfaction of contributing to a student’s growth and the challenge of relating to today’s Albion students. Mentors play a variety of roles, from offering basic advice about a job search to sharing critical insights on career readiness. Combined with assistance from the Career and Internship Center, mentoring can create a powerful environment for student success.
Mentor/Student Relationships: Expectations and Guidelines
The Albion College mentoring program uses the strengths of the Linkedin network, Albion alumni, and supporters. The Albion Mentoring Linkedin group is a subgroup of the Albion College Official Linkedin group. You will need to be granted permission to be a part of the Mentoring group and will be expected to adhere to strong ethical standards to participate.
Topics that may be covered within a mentoring relationship may be as simple as questions about how to communicate a skill in a resume. Students and mentors may form longer term mentoring relationships that cover choice of career, success in college, and success after college.
Getting Matched with a Mentor
The matching process will materialize in one of a few ways: the public arena of the Linkedin group or through a student reaching out to a specific mentor that is a member of the group. Public postings allow the Career and Internship Center, Alumni, and Parent Leadership offices to monitor and facilitate matches.
Steps for Connecting with a Mentor
- Make sure your Linkedin profile is up to date and professional.
- Join the Albion College Official Group on Linkedin.
- Request to join the Albion College Mentoring Group within the Albion College Official Group (located by clicking on the More tab and then Subgroups).
- Post questions or topics where you would like assistance to the group. This could be a request to be contacted by a mentor or a question for the group. Your posts may look something like the following examples:
- “I am a junior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Art. I would like to connect with someone with a similar background to help me explore career options.”
- “I am a sophomore majoring in Philosophy and I have not yet chosen a minor. I would like to ask the group their thoughts on this topic.”
- “I am looking for a mentoring relationship as I prepare for my junior year with aspirations of going to law school.”
- “I live in the Detroit area, and I would like to work in marketing after I graduate. Is there someone in the group that I could meet with while I am home during Thanksgiving Break?”
- Make sure that you always follow-up with mentor communications.
- When appropriate, foster a longer-term relationship by providing updates once per semester to mentors.
Mentors are not official representatives of Albion College. Make sure to exercise care and be an educated consumer of information.
Terminating the Mentor/Mentee Relationship
There is no formal process to terminate the mentoring relationship. At any time, either the mentor or the student can indicate that contact is no longer necessary. Both the mentor and the student is expected to respect the wishes of the party requesting termination.
Steps to Your Future
Whether you are a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, the Career and Internship Center is available to assist you as you move through your college career and on to the next steps of your life. If you utilize the services of the Career and Internship Center, in addition to the assistance provided by the faculty and Institutes, you will be more confident as you move into the world beyond Albion.
Contact the Career and Internship Center
Walk-in Times are available in the Career and Internship Center for simple questions such as a resume critique or assistance in knowing where to start. This is a time you do not need to schedule this appointment, but you may have to wait if others are receiving assistance.
Individualized appointments allow us to take the time to focus on your specific needs - choosing a major, career planning, job search skills, obtaining an internship, preparing for graduate/professional school, and so on. Contact us to make an appointment.
The Career and Internship Center offers self-assessment inventories to help you explore potential majors and your career options. Simply make an appointment with a Career and Internship Center staff member, identify your wish to take a self-assessment tool, complete the inventory prior to the appointment, and we will review the information with you at the meeting.
Research/Investigate Career Opportunities
You need to do research on career possibilities, learn about job search strategies, and explore graduate schools and admission processes. The Career and Internship Center has a Career Resource Center to assist you. Any staff member will be happy to help you find the resources of interest to you. In addition to the Resource Center, it is important you look to the Internet as a source of up-to-date information on careers and graduate schools. The Career and Internship Center staff are interested in assisting you to learn search sources and strategies to enhance your use of the Internet.
Carefully consider your Social Networking Presence
More and more businesses and programs look online for information about who you are. Jobs and internships can be lost if your online presence is unprofessional. The Career and Internship Center is available to consult with you regarding the content of your social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. You should also consider joining professional social networking sites, such as
Attend Workshops and Events
The Career and Internship Center staff present a variety of workshops on campus. Workshops for student organizations, Greek Life, residence hall staff, and faculty are available; simply request a specialized meeting. In addition to workshops, the Career and Internship Center participates in several career events throughout the year. A calendar of meetings and events is posted on our website
Develop Targeted Resumes, Cover Letters, and/or Personal Statements
These documents are your initial “face” to organizations and graduate schools. Career and Internship Center staff will assist you in the steps to start a resume, cover letter, and/or personal statement, discuss strategies to enhance these documents, and critique your drafts.
Gain Experience while at Albion
Summer jobs and internships provide you experiences that will assist you in standing out as you apply for post Albion jobs and graduate school. The Career and Internship Center maintains online services that provide job and internship searching, career research resources, and the on-campus recruiting program. Make sure to complete your profile, upload your resume, and check out all jobs, internships, programs, and resources available to you! Are you connected with Albion’s online job search tool? Click on and get started!
Mock interviews provide you with experience prior to graduate school or internship/job interviews. During the mock interview you will be videotaped. A Career and Internship Center staff member will view the video with you and discuss what you did well and areas for improvement. Ten out of ten students say that completing a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center was a very helpful experience!
Attend On-Campus Recruiting Events
Employers come to campus to interview students for a variety of internship and full-time job opportunities. In addition, employers may collect resumes through the Career and Internship Center’s on-line system. Create a profile on and check out the employers coming to campus on the Career and Internship Center calendar.
Most importantly – be proactive!
The staff of Career and Internship Center will assist you in gaining the knowledge needed to find internship and job opportunities that meet your needs. You, however, must take the first step in contacting the Career and Internship Center if you need assistance and doing the work required to find those opportunities that fit your interests.
Four-Year Career Planning
Albion graduates know how to make an impact.
The vision of the Career and Internship Center is to assist students as you plan for your next steps after college. The Career and Internship Center staff teaches students how to take the academic skills they gain from their coursework and link them to a co-curricular educational plan that culminates into a smooth transition from college to professional work and/or graduate study. The following is a sample list of activities a student may want to pursue in order to formulate and achieve their personal career goals.
Even though you graduate, it isn't too late to utilize the resources of the Office of Career Planning. As an alumnus, you are welcome to contact us at any time for assistance!