Professional Experience Opportunities

A step toward building your future

What is Professional Experience? 

This is an opportunity for you to obtain the necessary training and experience needed to grow professionally.  You have access to internship opportunities, career shadowing, mentorship, professional skill building workshops, an entrepreneurial bootcamp, online college classes, and more!  We are excited to help you build your resume and grow your professional network.


Why participate?

  • grow your professional skills
  • deepen your knowledge set or learn about a new professional field
  • expand your professional network
  • receive expanded advising from the UtmostU team
  • receive a stipend to assist with living expenses (when available)
  • learn the latest job search best practices

Application Process

  1. Review the various opportunities below. Read through the program description and timing for each opportunity. Find the right fit for you.
  2. Click the “Apply” link for any program that interests you. Complete and submit the application before the deadline.
  3. Watch your email for follow-up from the UtmostU team.
  4. Any questions, contact: Valerie Charles (Career Services Manager),


We are excited to offer a variety of paid internships this summer, exclusively for UtmostU Fellows. Internships are a great way to gain professional experience in your career field or related area of interest, and they look great on a resume. Please view the offerings below and consider which opportunities best align with your time and interests. Click the “Apply” link for any openings to which you would like to apply.

View Internship Opportunities Here


Program Description Length Financials Deadline Application
Center 4 Companies
Internships at Companies that Care (CTC): Interns will support and complement CTC staff and board members administratively and programmatically.
3months / 20-25 hours a week $20.00/hr Ongoing Apply
Lawndale Christian Legal Center This micro-internship will have two main tasks – performing college transcript analysis to help org better understand a student’s path through college; and, the intern will support us in identifying new support programs and partnerships that could benefit college students and recent grads. 8 week/ 20-25 hours a week/up to  $20.00/hr May, 6th Apply
MHN Fellowship Opportunities in data analytics within the health care industry, including data warehousing, programming, and financial analyses. While the Fellowship is focused on the health care industry, the knowledge set is applicable to numerous business and non-profit sectors. 1 year  $33k May 6th Apply
Public Allies For individuals who are looking to be change agents in thier community and interested in the non-profit world.  10 months Stipend offered  Ongoing Apply
Economic Awareness Council (EAC) One Summer Chicago On The Money Internship 

Micro Internships

Receive training to conduct and lead hybrid (some in-person, some online) financial education presentations for youth employees. Earn a financial literacy certification Year aroMonday-Thursday 9:30am-3pmund, typically 5 to 40 hours of work 20 hra per week / $15 perhour / 7 weeks May 31st Apply



Do you have that enthusiasm and drive to found and run your own business? Do you need help taking your business ideas to the next level? Then this is the opportunity for you. UtmostU has partnered with Sunshine Enterprises to offer our UtmostU Fellows the tools necessary to make those entrepreneurial dreams come true.

View Special Opportunities Here
Program Description Length Financials Deadline Application
Sunshine Enterprises We foster economically viable communities through training, coaching and connecting high potential entrepreneurs 6 month program Stipend offered UtmostU assist with cost of programming Apply


Job Training Programs

These opportunities are free or may provide a small stipend. They usually involve coursework and/or hands-on training leading directly to a workforce certification or licensure. Fellows completing these programs are connected to the provider’s hiring network and many of those who complete the certification are hired in the industry within 6 months after completion.

View Job Training Opportunities Here


Program Description Length Financials Deadline Application
AccelerateU Rapid training experiences that come with college credit, industry credentials and a path to a full-time job immediately. It’s “job-first” higher education. 5 Months  (4 months virtually, 1 month in person) Stipend offered  Ongoing  Apply
Year Up Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. 4 weeks/max. 20-25 hours/wk (In Person) Participants will receive stipend Ongoing Apply
Seneca Foundation Software development training that leads to apprenticeship opportunities  12 months, 6 months paid training and a 6-month paid apprenticeship  Participants will receive stipend Ongoing Apply
City Colleges of Chicago Advanced and basic certfication programs.  Ongoing  Stipend, depending on program. Ongoing Apply
Center for Black Educator Development

Looking for motivated, energetic college students with a deep desire to drive social change through a career in education.


Training- June 27th-July1st

Program- July 6th- Aug 5th 

Debrief- Aug 8t

Paid   May 1st Apply

Learn on-the-job and pursue an associates degree with an Aon partner college. Aon will pay for your tuition books and fees.

2 year; Full time 40/hrs week

42k/year  May 1st Apply


Additional Education

UtmostU recognizes the need some Fellows have to continue their education through the summer, and we are excited to be able to offer these summer courses to our Fellows. Each opportunity is specific for UtmostU Fellows and includes the traditional programmatic counseling, as well as UtmostU’s technological and financial supports.

View Summer Course Offerings Here
Program Description Length Financials Deadline Application
UMass Online college courses for adding credits or credit recovery based on Fellow need. 4 weeks/8 weeks max. 20-25 hours/wk (In Person) Costs $100 for 3 credit course May 1st Apply
University of Upper Iowa Online college courses for adding credits or credit recovery based on Fellow need. 4 weeks/8 weeks max. 20-25 hours/wk (In Person) Costs $100 for 3 credit course May, 6th Apply