BA Program in
Urban and Public Affairs

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Suite 315 M/C 350
Chicago, IL 60607

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Service Learning Opportunities

Information on Service Learning Opportunities for Organizations and Students

The UPA Senior Capstone Project is a service learning experience that provides students the opportunitity to work in teams with a community or governmental agency in a professional capacity.

An internship Program provides students service learning opportunities in a public organization.

Capstone is learning in action providing students with experiences that allows them to integrate classroom learning with a relevant problem solving experience in an actual work situation. Over the course of an academic year, students work in teams to address organizational challenges, identify opportunities for a client organization, and conduct research on a pressing social question. Capstone projects contribute to students’ education, but also the greater public good.

Organizations click here for more information about the UPA Senior Capstone Projects and to apply for a Capstone Team.

Current UPA Senior Capstone Projects (08-09):

  • The Andersonville Devleopment Corporations Eco-Andersonville Inititiative
  • The Center for Economic Policy Analysis
  • The Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness Coalition
  • The Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Council
  • The Resurrection Project
  • Telpochcalli Community Education Project (TCEP)

Under the supervision of the UPA Director and an agency supervisor student interns take the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and apply them in real-life work situations, learning from professionals while they explore and experience career options.

The Urban and Public Affairs program provides students with the opportunity to gain internship experience – this will help connect theory to practice, explore career options, gain knowledge of the workplace, and contribute to the community.

Organizations, click here to post an internship announcement for UPA Students.

Students, click here for the UPA Internship Program Guidelines and Requirements.

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Are You...

...An Organization

Looking for student assistance?

Click here to apply for a Senior Capstone Team.

Click here to post an internship announcement.

...A Student

Searching for service learning opportunities?

Click here for your Capstone Project Interest Form.
Contact the Director, Valerie Werner with any questions at

Click here for UPA Internship Program Guidelines & Requirements.

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