North Central College - Naperville, IL

Chicago Internships

North Central’s proximity to Chicago puts students within reach of big city opportunities!

Rachael Hancz, a theatre major, learned the behind-the-scenes business of marketing by interning at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. “Every day was really different,” she says. “I learned how to interpret marketing data and statistics and how to find this information in Tessitura, a database system used by many professional theaters.” Rachael maintained a binder of all e-blasts and any online media that mentioned the theater’s summer show, The Adventures of Pinocchio. She logged any press about the theater and its shows by sorting through Google alerts and newspapers, and found Chicago blogger contacts who might review the show. “I learned how exciting, stressful and rewarding it can be to work in a fast-paced environment. While I intend to pursue an acting career, I could see myself working in fine arts management or marketing.”

Athletic training majors Ryan Melligan and Jacob Dailey found the perfect intern experiences for furthering their career aspirations to work with professional and collegiate sports teams. Ryan secured an internship with the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) while Jacob was immersed in Big 10 football at Northwestern University. “Our first concern was preventing heat illness during practices,” says Jacob, who traveled with the team for summer training at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. “It’s also amazing to see the large spectrum of treatments and equipment available at a larger institution.” Ryan experienced the rigors of game days in the WNBA but enjoyed the family atmosphere of the Sky. Compared to his clinical rotation with the Cardinal football team, he experienced different issues with older, female athletes. “They have the usual soreness but they joke about getting treatments to prevent old age,” he says.