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Graduate Student Internship Program

Over 40 percent of undergraduates in the U.S. are enrolled at a community college. That means many of the teaching opportunities in higher education are also at community colleges, and graduate students owe it to themselves to learn more about these institutions and the expectations they have in hiring new faculty.

The College of Lake County, a community college in the far northern suburbs of Chicago, has established a program that helps graduate students in English and the Humanities do just that. It’s called the Graduate Student Internship Program.

Students admitted to the Program have the opportunity to learn about a community college and its students, and they gain valuable experience that can help them be better teachers, whether they eventually teach at a community college or elsewhere in higher education.

Program Objectives

  • To expose future two-year college English and Humanities faculty to a diverse, open-admissions population of learners;
  • To enhance graduate students’ preparation for teaching in different settings of higher education;
  • To provide graduate students with a teaching mentor;
  • To facilitate discussions about teaching in a multicultural,comprehensive, open-admissions setting;
  • To enable graduate student interns to observe and understand the governance structure of a community college.

Procedures for Internships

The procedures of individual internships will vary according to the needs and schedules of graduate students and their faculty mentors. At a minimum, interns will:

  • Help plan the course’s syllabus;
  • Attend all class meetings and complete assigned readings;
  • Collaborate on designing, presenting and evaluating lesson plans, essays and other course assignments;
  • Co-lead small group discussions and other class activities, as negotiated with the instructor;
  • Teach at least two carefully researched and rehearsed lessons on topics related to the course’s syllabus;
  • Meet with the class in the library to work on research projects and orient students to electronic research databases;
  • Provide feedback on student essays;
  • Meet regularly with the supervising instructor.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae or resume and letter of interest. Candidates will be invited to the College of Lake County for an interview. 
For further information, contact:

  • Elizabeth Aiossa
  • Professor of English and Humanities
  • College of Lake County
    19351 W. Washington Street.
    Grayslake, IL 60030
  • (847) 543-2743

About the College of Lake County

At the College of Lake County, students find all the practical prerequisites for their success: wide-ranging academic options, tuition value, convenient locations and small classes taught by caring faculty.

More than that, they also find inspiration and motivation from faculty and staff with high expectations of them. Strong academics, combined with counseling, career advice and learning support, take students from where they are toward where they want to go.

Our academic programs include:

  • Preparation for university transfer toward a bachelor’s degree: 
    Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts in Teaching, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Fine Arts.
  • Career preparation: 
    Associate in Applied Science and more than 100 career certificates in more than 35 fields.
  • GED, ESL and adult basic education.
  • Non-credit courses for personal enrichment or professional continuing education.
  • Contract training and consulting services for business.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Dedicated to diversity, we encourage the application of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons from Historically Underrepresented Groups.