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Course + Internship

Course + Internship = The CFS Experience

Chicago Field Studies links academic study and practical experience by combining a course and internship. Students learn through working at an internship of their choosing while taking a related course.

We have two types of courses: Full-time (Set at 4 credits) and Variable credit (1-4 credits)

The CFS courses offered vary by quarter. See the CFS Course Offerings Schedule for the academic year.

Internships are a requirement of all CFS courses

Students in CFS courses are required to participate in internships during their CFS quarter, as reflecting on internship experiences provides valuable context to course discussions and assignments. Your CFS advisor will help you find an internship that is right for you. You are also welcome to secure your own internship. Your internship does not have to be directly related to your major or minor but should connect to the theme of your CFS course.

Credit is earned through academic coursework

CFS follows an experiential learning model where coursework is connected to field experience in the form of an internship.  Students participating in CFS earn academic credit for the work done in their CFS course. CFS courses 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. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS course and internship. Read more about how CFS credit works.

When choosing a CFS course, you should consider:

 

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