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Chicago Summer Business Institute

Program Description

The Chicago Summer Business Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization (Illinois Corporation) which provides paid summer internships, business and financial literacy education and scholarships to Chicago high school students. CSBI receives support primarily from sponsor contributions.

CSBI targets high achievers from Chicago's public, parochial and private high schools. Ideal candidates have above-average grades, extra-curricular activities and plans for college.

The program combines on-the-job experience with classroom education. To achieve a well-rounded curriculum, the work-week is divided into two parts. Four days are spent at work sites, where a supervisor guides and provides the student with general office work and meaningful projects. One afternoon a week, students participate in specially-created seminars. These seminars are designed to help students combine what they learn in the classroom with their on-the-job knowledge. At the close of the program, a graduation ceremony is highlighted with a talk by the Mayor of Chicago or the City Treasurer of Chicago.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%