Abby Brand ’10 studied economics and French before becoming an attorney.
At Lake Forest College, we ensure that our students are well prepared for the global working world because of their strong academic foundation and internship experiences, both domestically and abroad. With our proximity to the global city of Chicago, and access to numerous study and work opportunities worldwide, Lake Forest provides access to a wide range of internship options for students to further develop their language and cultural competencies. Our network of powerful alumni and friends help connect students with the best positions available before and after graduation.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has one of the most extensive internship programs in Chicago, as well as in many other countries.
Students studying Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish may intern in a number of fields to further their understanding of other languages and cultures. These experiences often complement a second major and/or minor and can lead to post-graduation employment.
Our students have assisted high-ranking government officials, served as translators for international associations, conducted laboratory research, collected data for public relations firms and libraries, developed skills in marketing, technology and data analysis, worked in banking, business, film, law, the arts and cultural institutions and prepared and taught classes at more than 25 sites.
Types of internship settings include:
Association of American Residents Overseas (AARO)
International Law firms
Protocol (logistics for visiting dignitaries)
Community organizing, social services (Senegal)
Women’s groups (Senegal)
Granada Insider (Culture Magazine)
French Connection Film
American Library in Paris
Burson Marsteller (public relations)
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Fashion House Franck Sorbier, Paris
La voz de Granada (radio station)
Alliance Française de Chicago (event planning/marketing)
Le Consulat de France à Chicago
La Délégation du Québec à Chicago
Marjorie Kovler Center
Children's Legal Aid Center in Chicago
Global Education Experience
Colegio Maristas, Spain
Lexicon (linguistics) Spain
CTS Language Link (translation agency)
Research Assistant, Universidad de Granada (Biology Department)
Clinique vétérinaire (Paris)
Research laboratory (Paris)
Public health, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture (Senegal)
Bank of Kuweit (Paris)
Unión Iberoamericana de Municipalistas
BNP Paribas (marketing and technology)
French Heritage Society
Mona Bismarck Foundation
IOR Global Services
Small business development (Senegal)
Students majoring or minoring in a language naturally want to go abroad to practice their skills. Here are a just a few of the many countries where we have programs that you can consider. Many more can be found on the Global Engagement Office website:
United Arab Emirates
Benedetta Borri ’15 works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after studying Chinese.
Law and Public Service Career Advisor and Internship Specialist
Learn more about internships.
Schedule an appointment with Ben Rohde via Handshake.