Spring 2018

CFS at a Glance

Chicago Field Studies combines a class and internship experience to bring academic context to the professional world, expanding learning beyond the classroom and enabling students to pursue both academic and career aspirations. This one-quarter academic internship program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all Northwestern schools and majors who wish to connect academic learning and practical experience.

CFS students participate in a weekly, 3-hour themed seminar class that relates to their internship field or industry. These classes allow you to bring theory and experience together through discussion, reflection, and theme related assignments, papers, and projects. CFS classes are either set at 4 units of credit or variable credit (1-4 units). Students who are participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship while variable credit allows students to take 1 or 2 other NU courses in addition to doing CFS. More information on CFS classes…

Students in CFS classes are required to participate in internships during their CFS quarter, as reflecting on internship experiences provides valuable context to class discussions and assignments. You are welcome to secure your own internship or work with your CFS advisor to find one that is right for you. Your internship does not have to be directly related to your major or minor but should connect to the theme of your CFS class. More information on internships…

Academic credit and grades are earned based on your coursework and participation in the CFS class. While not graded, your performance at your internship will still be evaluated by your employer. The number of hours you are required to intern increases with each unit of credit. CFS classes typically count as general credits toward graduation but may count towards majors or minors. We encourage you to talk with your academic advisors prior to applying for CFS.  More information on CFS credit…

If you would like to do CFS, you should:

  • Determine which quarter you have ample time to dedicate to a class + internship experience
  • Select a CFS class that connects with the type or types of internships you would like to explore
  • Ensure you are able to attend the Orientation, be at the first class, and participate for the full length of the quarter
  • Attend an information session
  • Apply to participate

CFS Classes Offered Spring 2018

Business Field Studies (4 credits)

Field Studies in Modern Workplace (4 credits)

Legal Field Studies (4 credits)

Field Studies in Humanities (variable, can be taken for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units of credit)

Field Studies in Social Justice (variable, can be taken for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units of credit)

Field Studies in Civic Engagement (variable, can be taken for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units of credit)

Field Studies in Public Health (variable, can be taken for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units of credit)

Field Studies in Environment, Science and Sustainability (variable, can be taken for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units of credit)

Field Studies in Business Culture online (variable, can be taken for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units of credit)

Full 2017-2018 Class Schedule…

Some Important Dates for Spring Quarter 2018

Orientation (mandatory): Tuesday, April 3
First Day of Classes: Tuesday, April 3
Internships Start: Wednesday, April 4
Internships End: Friday, June 8
Last day of class/final project due: Week of Monday, June 4

Full list of important Spring 2018 dates…

Applying to CFS

You are required to attend or complete an information session prior to applying. More about information sessions...

Spring 2018 Application Period

Opens: at 4:00PM on Friday, October 27
Deadline: 9:00AM, November 20, 2017

If you secure your own internship, you are able to apply after the application deadline. Acceptance is contingent on application quality and space in the class, but will do our best to accommodate these requests. If you need assistance in securing an internship, late applicants considered on a case-by-case basis.  Email cfs@northwestern.edu and describe your situation.

Deadline for Field Studies in Business Culture (online)*: Friday, March 16, 2018 OR before if the class fills (applications reviewed on a rolling basis, class size 14 students)
*must secure an internship before applying

Ready to Apply...

What to expect if you are accepted…

Costs and Financial aid

Tuition and financial aid follow the same rules for credits earned from CFS as normal class credits. You should expect transportation costs into the city to be $200-$400 if you are taking either the CTA or Metra to your internship. CFS students with financial need are able to apply for an award from the CFS Scholarship Funds to aid in covering costs such as transportation, meals, and lost work-study or job income. More information on costs and aid…

Student Experiences

Find out about the CFS experience by reading our Blog!  These stories are written by CFS students while they are in their internships and classes and you can search for entries by tags such as class and internship type. You can also read stories of featured alumni of the program and how doing CFS has helped them.

Who does CFS?

Questions? Contact cfs@northwestern.edu or call 847-467-0605 during business hours