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.
Emily Gaul (
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
The Philadelphia Center: Philadelphia, Pa.
A Great Lakes Colleges Association Recognized Program
Subjects: The Philadelphia Center offers more than 800 internships and students from all majors are welcome. Students will earn a full semester's credit as they intern four days a week in an organization of their choice; live with fellow students throughout the city; learn through our city-based seminars; and experience life in one of the nation's most dynamic cities. TPC's full-time faculty and staff offer a unique and highly individualized program.
For more than 40 years, The Philadelphia Center has offered more than 6,000 college students a semester of experiential education, a unique hands-on opportunity geared toward professional, academic, and personal growth in an active urban environment. Students will work closely with TPC staff to choose career-building internships and independent living arrangements. TPC's seminars will provide insight into professional and urban life. At The Philadelphia Center, experiential education means that you influence and direct your learning.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity.
Length: Fall and Spring Semesters (or Learning Work -- an eight-week summer program)
Credit: 4.0 units: 2.0 units Urban Field Placement (Internship), 1.0 unit City Seminar, 1.0 unit Elective Seminar.
Housing: Homes or apartments (TPC assists students in locating reasonably priced, conveniently located housing). Students are housed in a hotel during initial orientation.
Program Advisor: Emily Nolan, Director, Gerstacker Institute; e-mail:
Cost: Albion College tuition and fees covers program tuition and fees.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: Housing, board and entertainment. You will not be paying room and board and those funds are applied to your living expenses in Philadelphia. Other expenses include one-time expenses for hotel/temporary housing, books, and travel to and from Philadelphia. Students are often required to make a one- to two-month security deposit for their housing.
Comments: The program is open to all majors and provides opportunities for professional and intellectual development while living in the city and learning in an experience-based and academic context. The internships involve working full-time four days a week (a minimum of 32 hours) at the internship sites. Students should note that no more than 4.0 units of internship can count toward graduation requirements.
Michael Edmondson, Ph.D. (
Emily Nemeth (
121 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
New York Arts Program: New York City
A Great Lakes Colleges Association Recognized Program
Subjects: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Writing and Publishing.
Prerequisities: 2.7 GPA, junior-level standing, demonstrated maturity. Placement with a sponsoring artist to be arranged by a New York faculty advisor.
Length: Fall semester, spring semester, or 4 week Summer Visual Arts Intensive (4 credits = 1 unit).
Credit: 4.0 units (16 semester hours): 2.0 unit seminars, 2.0 units internship, credit/no credit only.
Faculty: Each student is assigned an academic advisor from their area of study. This faculty member teaches an area study and works closely with the student and their apprenticeship sponsor.
Housing: In the New York Arts Program's Chelsea Residence
Cost: Albion College tuition and room charges cover program tuition, fees and room. Students receive $25 per week for transportation and cultural events, paid out twice during the semester provided students' accounts are current.
Costs Not Covered by Albion: $150 for housing deposit, travel to New York City for the required interview and for the program, food, local transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, incidentals, and entertainment.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bille K. Wickre, 517-629-0249,
Comments: The New York Arts program is made up of 4 components: Internships, Seminars, Tutorial & Independent Study and Journals. Students will be required to work in internships usually 30 hours a week forming the major part of the program; take a six-week seminar with their Faculty Advisors on various topics; pursue a clearly defined self-directed study project designed in conjunction with and supervised by his or her faculty advisor; and keep a journal of their experiences, observations and critical reflections. A personal interview in New York is required of all applicants to determine potential ability to work with any given sponsor. Students should allow 3 working days in New York for these interviews. Albion allows only 4 total units of internship toward graduation requirements; the Registrar can help you determine if you will exceed this amount.
305 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
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