What is College First?
College First is a high-school internship program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It is a paid internship for six weeks during the summer and monthly meetings during the school year. A school bus provides transportation from designated stops starting as early as 7 a.m. to bring students to the Garden by 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students leave the Garden at 3 p.m. each day.
What do students do?
- Learn about plants, prairies, woods, and other outdoor natural areas
- Work in horticulture, education, plant research, and more
- Research their own science project
- Visit colleges and other science sites
When is the program?
Paid internship: July 1 – August 9, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (No session on July 4 or 5)
Unpaid training: Wednesday, June 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
School-year meetings: Once-a-month meetings (usually on Saturdays or school holidays) during the school year—schedule to be determined
Who can participate?
Students who are currently sophomores or juniors enrolled in a Chicago Public School are encouraged to apply. Students should demonstrate an interest in science and nature as well as the ambition to pursue a college degree. Students and parents MUST commit to the unpaid Wednesday training, all six weeks of the summer program, and the once-a-month school-year meetings. Students must also be able to show proof of authorization to work in the U.S. Students are responsible for getting to and from the designated bus stops.
College First Application Checklist
To be considered for the program, the following items must be received by April 12, 2013.
Complete online application, including essay (if applicable)
Scan and email to email@example.com OR mail to the address below:
- Recommendation form
The recommendation form should be filled out by a science teacher or community leader (pastor, youth group leader, etc.) who knows you well. It cannot be filled out by someone related to you.
- Copy of your second-quarter report card (January) OR the most recent one you have. Please do not submit progress reports.
- Permission slip signed by you and your parent/guardian.
ALL application materials must be received together by April 12, 2013, via email or at the address below. It is your responsibility to obtain the report card and all application components. We do not work with schools to get this information and will not accept it after the deadline. Incomplete applications—those not accompanied by a report card or completed recommendation form—will not be considered.