Why The Chicago School?

At The Chicago School, a not-for-profit accredited graduate school, you will benefit from the superior theoretical and classroom preparation you expect from an established institution—but you will get so much more than that. You will receive a wholly unrivaled range of real-world training opportunities—beginning your first semester on campus—to help you build a relevant, robust resume that will set you apart and prepare you to make an impact in a way few other graduates can.

While many schools assist students with obtaining a single, required internship, The Chicago School links students with an unparalleled range of inspiring and enriching hands-on training experiences—equating to more than 800,000 hours of high-impact, career-relevant work in local and international communities every year.

Here is a glimpse at the many real-world training opportunities our distinctive educational model (known as the Engaged Professional Model of Education) provides:

On-Campus Training

At our innovative Chicago School Centers, housed right inside each of our campuses, our students train and work alongside faculty, providing a range of services to local real-world clients; individual and family therapy at our Counseling Centers; court-ordered interventions for parents working to regain custody of their children at our Forensic Center; management consulting services to local businesses and corporations at our ConCISE Center; and more. Learn more about The Chicago School Centers.

Community Training

Through our unique community partnership model, we link students to literally hundreds of training opportunities (above and beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at our many “partner agencies” in each of our local communities. Students hone their skills and build their resumes while making a meaningful difference in a vast range of settings and with a wide range of populations. They conduct research and assessments, provide counseling and other clinical services, assist with developing and launching new programs, participate in strategic planning efforts, and more. Learn more about training opportunities in the local community.

International Training

Through our office of international affairs, Chicago School students are linked to a vast range of service-learning and field work experiences around the globe—from training childcare workers in Rwanda to help the country’s youngest genocide survivors; to presenting cutting-edge neuroscience research at an international conference in Prague; to participating in our Power of One courses that include international immersion components; and beyond. Learn more about our international training opportunities.

Chicago School students graduate with the resume-building experience, professional confidence, global sophistication, and finely honed skills they need to make an immediate difference in individual lives, business settings, underserved communities, and around the world.


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