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
Laurel Draudt, Robinson 106A,
Patrick McLean, Robinson 201B,
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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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.