Chicago Summer Business Institute

For over 30 years, the CSBI has provided paid summer internships, economic and financial empowerment workshops and postsecondary education opportunities to more than 4,000 high school students. Our annual intern class is strong, and it is our goal to continue to grow this wonderful program.

CSBI provides a six-week paid internship program to Chicago high school students each summer. These internships take place at various banks, law firms, accounting and engineering firms throughout the Loop and business districts. In conjunction with a 20-hour workweek, students attend half-day classroom seminars and workshops each week where they learn about economic systems, financial literacy, and attend executive-level events and meetings. We believe that this program not only gives each student an opportunity to attend work and gain valuable insight into their futures, but also develop relationships with potential mentors and future employers. CSBI is a need-based program targeted to students of families who earn less than $80,000 per year. As such, we are reaching a large number of students who have never been exposed to the legal, banking, engineering and accounting fields. This program provides students with a glimpse of what is possible if they maintain good grades and graduate from college.