Internship And Off-Campus Research Specialist

Lake Forest, IL
Feb 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lake Forest College has more clearly and conscientiously embraced career preparation as a key institutional goal for its undergraduate students than most other liberal arts colleges. The Career Advancement Center (CAC) works collaboratively with senior administrators, faculty and staff as well as key alumni, trustees and employers in support of the College’s commitment to our students’ post-graduate success.  As an endorsement of this commitment, trustees and faculty unanimously voted to add the following sentence to our mission statement:  “We prepare our students for, and help them attain, productive and rewarding careers.”

Lake Forest’s career center is one of the largest in the country for a college of our size, which enables us to execute innovative and effective career programs that lead to great outcomes for graduates.  With its location in the Chicago metropolitan area, Lake Forest College is uniquely positioned to be a leader in career preparation.  Our students complete for-credit and non-credit internships and research experiences year-round in Chicagoland and beyond.  We are committed to preparing all of our students for productive and rewarding careers, and the investments we’ve made demonstrate it.  Students in the sciences will also soon benefit from a $43 million renovation to our science center, which is designed to provide students with even more opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary problem-solving and collaborative research. 

Our internship and research opportunities are central to the 4-year career preparation plan for our students, and the College is currently seeking to fill two newly-created positions to expand the internship/research opportunities for students.  The internship program is administered by the CAC and is currently being reorganized to more closely align with our Career Pathways program.  Additional information about the Career Pathways are available through the College website.  One of the new positions will primarily be dedicated to students interested in the Health Care and Science Pathway, and the second will be primarily associated with the Business and Finance Pathway.  Students from all majors are welcome in all Career Pathways, based upon their career interests.  Both positions will report to the Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development.  The new team members will work collaboratively with faculty, career center colleagues, and other on- and off-campus contacts to hone a distinctive internship and career preparation program.


Relationship Management:

  • Initiate new off-campus partnerships and manage relationships with existing employers/research sites able to provide students high-quality internships, research experiences, shadowing, and other relevant opportunities; develop and adhere to terms of affiliation agreements with key sites.
  • Cultivate relationships with Lake Forest College faculty to understand students’ academic experience on-campus and gain an understanding for on-going institutional partnerships in order to maintain the integrity of existing relationships and support new relationship development; off-campus faculty research projects may intersect with student internship experiences and must be handled appropriately to present a uniformly positive experience for partners.
  • Serve as a liaison to relevant academic departments and learn guidelines for identifying internships worthy of credit for the target departments.  Primary academic areas of study served include: biology, chemistry, environmental studies, neuroscience, pre-health, and physics.
  • Organize recruiting activities, including job postings, campus interviews and specialized networking events.

Student Preparation & Supervision

  • Guide and mentor domestic and international students completing internship experiences (non-credit and for-credit); assist with resume development, interview preparation, and referrals to sites that match students’ interests. 
  • Develop evaluation methods and referral procedures for off-campus student research placements to maximize the success of each research experience and provide a personalized experience for students; seek to organize student/site needs to ensure continuity for students and key sites.
  • Serve as faculty internship supervisor for students completing for credit-internships; provide seminars or other educational experiences in collaboration with fellow internship supervisors to help students develop learning goals, understand professional expectations, and apply their academic training to the workplace. Evaluate assignments and submit final grades according to College requirements.
  • Maintain contact with internship site supervisors and resolve conflicts in collaboration with relevant faculty/staff/site personnel if they arise.
  • Work with relevant Career Pathway leaders to identify and provide industry-related pre-internship training and professional development activities to improve students’ competitiveness for the best experiential learning opportunities.
  • Assist students with developing plans to maximize their research/internship experience during and after the experience, such as: articulating their experience in their resumés, tips for publishing/presenting research, and identifying subsequent internship or research experiences to support their career plan.

Program Administration:

  • Utilize appropriate technology and social media tools to provide resources and services for students, alumni and employers; maintain accurate records in customer relationship management system to inform practice and demonstrate results.
  • Assess student/employer engagement data and monitor employment trends to identify and implement strategies for improving students’ preparation and expanding available internships for students.
  • Contribute to on-going internship program policy development/administration, evaluation, and promotion with the employer relations and operations team.
  • Participate in relevant professional development activities.
  • Complete other duties as assigned or as opportunities emerge.


Candidate must have a strong understanding for scientific research and/or health care settings in order to help students navigate recruiting processes in the sciences and offer appropriate supervision during for-credit internship experiences.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent problem-solving skills, be detail-oriented, demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work effectively with a culturally diverse group of students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Candidate must be an organized self-starter, able to work both autonomously and collaboratively; must be able to use technology required for the role, such as social media, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and databases. 

Graduate/professional degree is expected, and experience with teaching/instruction is strongly preferred.  Experience with undergraduate research is valued – whether research completed as an undergraduate or professional experience supervising undergraduate researchers.  Available to work some evenings and weekends; willingness to travel, primarily in Chicagoland area.


Electronic applications are preferred.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé/CV to:


Lisa Hinkley


Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development


Lake Forest College


555 North Sheridan Road


Lake Forest, IL 60045-2399


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Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is found.  All correspondence related to this search should be sent to  If you are applying for multiple positions, please submit materials tailored to each position using the appropriate application form.


About Lake Forest College:

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from over 40 states and 70 countries. The College’s student body is culturally diverse, with approximately 40% of our students identifying as domestic students of color or international students. We also have a visible, active, and vibrant LGBT student population. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  For more information about Lake Forest College, visit

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