The Center for Career Discovery provides District 214 students with a continuum of career-related activities and workplace learning experiences to support their career exploration.

The Center has engaged with more than 950 industry partners to support student workplace learning and career exploration opportunities. Annually, the Center supports more than 2,500 workplace learning experiences. These include apprenticeships, internships, micro-internships and supported worksites to help advise and affirm career choices for students before they graduate. District 214 is helping students make connections and gain invaluable job skills while also addressing employment needs of local businesses and industries.

Internship Program Contact:

​Mr. Scott Gustafson - scott.gustafson@d214.org or careerdiscovery@d214.org, 847-718-7867

Fall & Spring Internships:  This program is designed to provide Junior and Senior students with authentic, relevant and meaningful learning experiences in the local community which assist the student with post-secondary decision making.

  • The Internship is a NON-PAID, one-semester course (.5 credit)
  • Students can earn a letter grade (A = 4.0) or take the course Pass/No credit
  • The Internship is included on high school transcripts.
  • Students submit assignments and their participation is monitored and evaluated by an instructor.
  • Transportation is sometimes available upon request.

Internship Requirements:

  1. Meet with School Counselor to discuss self-identified career goals. 
  2. Students must be able to intern 5-10 hours per week. (During school or after school/weekends.)
  3. Consider your schedule and your after school activities prior to applying for admission to this program.
  4. School attendance and discipline records must reflect mature responsibility and behavior.
  5. Internet access is necessary for ongoing communication and submitting online assignments. 
  6. (This includes a commitment to regularly check school-issued @stu.d214 e-mail.)

Criteria strongly considered for Acceptance:

  1. Past or current enrollment in Career Area Pathway Courses.
  2. Past or current enrollment in Related Electives.
  3. Career-Related Activities and/or Experiences

See the D214 Career Pathways booklet for details.

 An Internship Application is considered complete when ALL forms below have been completed and submitted to careerdiscovery@d214.org.

pdfStudent Application (Completed and submitted by student)

pdfParent Consent (Forwarded to parent from student, completed and submitted by parent) 

pdfParent Consent in Spanish (Forwarded to parent from student, completed and submitted by parent)

Summer Internship Program: This program is available to incoming Juniors and Seniors who are extremely committed to pursuing a specific career and have the knowledge, skill, and dedication that will be required to engage in a very rigorous and challenging and valuable hands-on learning experience which cannot be replicated in the classroom.

  • The Internship is a NON-PAID, two-semester course (.5 credit)
  • Students can earn a letter grade (A = 5.0) or take the course Pass/No credit.
  • The Internship is included on high school transcripts.
  • Students submit weekly assignments and their participation is monitored and evaluated by an instructor.

Internship Requirements

  1. Students must be 16 years of age by first day of Summer School.
  2. Meet with School Counselor to discuss self-identified career goals. 
  3. Take at least one class related to career interest area.
  4. Attend District 214 Career Night or classroom career exploration experience.
  5. Students must be able to intern 15 hours per week. Consider your schedule and summer activities prior to applying for admission to this program.
  6. Internet access is necessary for ongoing communication and submitting online assignments. (This includes a commitment to regularly check school issued @stu.d214 e-mail.)
  7. Reliable transportation is required.
  8. School attendance and discipline records must reflect mature responsibility and behavior.
  9. Summer Internship Application deadline is March 15.  
  10. Summer School enrollment and fees ($197 total for both semesters). 
  11. Upon acceptance into the program, students need to register by May 1. 
  12. An Internship Application is considered complete when ALL forms below have been completed and submitted to careerdiscovery@d214.org.

pdfStudent Application

pdfParent Recommendation

pdfTeacher Recommendation 1

pdfTeacher Recommendation 2

2019 Summer Internship Application Deadline is March 15.

Beginning in April, interviews will be scheduled and take place at school when all forms have been received. 

Due to the customization and individualization that's involved with securing each internship placement, acceptance into the program does not guarantee placement.

Micro Internship Program: This opportunity is designed to provide Juniors and Seniors with authentic, relevant and meaningful learning experiences in the local community which assists the student with post-secondary decision making.

  • The Micro Internship is a NON-PAID, one-semester course (.25 credit)
  • Students can earn a letter grade (A = 5.0) or take the course Pass/No credit
  • The Internship is included on high school transcripts.
  • Student participation is monitored and evaluated by an instructor.
  • Transportation is sometimes available upon request.

Micro Internship Requirements:

  1. Meet with School Counselor to discuss self-identified career goals. 
  2. Take at least one class related to career interest area.
  3. Attend District 214 Career Night or classroom career exploration experience.
  4. Students must be able to work independently for 30 hours during a semester (During school or after school/weekends). Consider your schedule and school activities prior to applying for admission to this program.
  5. Internet access is necessary for ongoing communication. (This includes a commitment to regularly check school issued @stu.d214 e-mail.)
  6. School attendance and discipline records must reflect mature responsibility and behavior.

A Micro Internship Application is considered complete when ALL forms below have been completed and submitted to careerdiscovery@d214.org

pdfStudent Application

pdfParent Consent Form

pdfTeacher Recommendation 1

pdfTeacher Recommendation 2


2018/2019 Application Deadlines:

October 15 for Spring Semester Placement

March 15 for Summer Placement

April 15 for Fall Semester Placement

Once these deadlines have passed, interviews will be scheduled and take place at school when all forms have been received. 

Due to the customization and individualization that's involved with securing each Micro Internship placement, acceptance into the program does not guarantee placement.