Professional Preparation

At Elmhurst you’ll discover not just what you want to do but who you want to become. We have three centers that help you do just that. Starting on your first day on campus, they’ll take a special role in helping you to combine your professional preparation and personal self-formation. They’ll ask tough questions and expect honest answers. A good place to start is the Center for Professional Excellence, where you can find:

  • Internships
  • Mentorships
  • Shadowing
  • Career Exploration
  • Personal Self-Assessment
  • Professional Self-Assessment
  • International Study
  • Service-Learning
  • Intercultural Education
  • Exploration of Ethical Decision Making

“This is the Elmhurst difference: When the time comes for you to land your first job, your Elmhurst Experience will give you a clear competitive edge,” says Dr. Larry Carroll of our Center for Professional Excellence. “You’ll have not only knowledge and skills but also experiences and connections. You’ll be ready to succeed in a global, competitive, change-driven marketplace.”

So you want to be a doctor ... or a nurse, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, pharmacist, speech therapist ... or any one of the dozens of additional options in the health care field. Our Patterson Center for the Health Professions is for you. Our faculty and staff will guide you through the application process for graduate school or through your first job hunt. You’ll start your career knowing from experience how to serve as an effective member of today’s health care teams.

You’ll get a chance to look at work from an entirely new angle. If you’re motivated by faith—whatever your religious background or spiritual beliefs—the Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action is designed for you. It provides you with a wide range of academic and field experiences that enable you to explore the links between the values you’ve chosen to embrace and the career you’re preparing to pursue.

You’ll help yourself by serving others. Understanding the value of service is a key component of the Elmhurst Experience. Our Service-Learning programs combine rigor in the classroom with compassion in the community. They’ll help you to realize, thorough practice and reflection, that successful living includes service to others.

Here are 101 options for an Elmhurst internship (and there’s more where these came from).

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • ABC-TV
  • Addison Trail High School
  • Advocate Health Care Systems
  • Alexian Brothers Hospital
  • Allstate
  • American Express 
Financial Advisors
  • American Friends
Service Committee
  • Aquinas Literacy Center
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • AT&T
  • B96-FM
  • Blistex
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Catholic Charities
  • Central DuPage Hospital
  • Charter One Bank
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Chicago Coalition 
for the Homeless
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • Christian Century Magazine
  • City of Chicago
  • Classic Cinemas
  • CLTV
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Community Renewal Society
  • Congregation Etz Chaim
  • DuPage County 
Health Department
  • Elmhurst School District 205
  • Evangelical Lutheran 
Church in America
  • Exodus World Service
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Fermi National Laboratory
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Investors
  • First United Church of Oak Park
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Hinsdale Hospital
  • Hope Children’s Hospital
  • House of Blues
  • IBM
  • India Muslim Relief Committee
  • Interfaith House
  • Interfaith Youth Core
  • International Visitors Center
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Kane County Juvenile 
Justice Center
  • Keebler Company
  • Kraft
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Market Facts Inc.
  • Marriott
  • Mayo Clinic
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McMaster-Carr
  • Menlow Logistics
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Minolta
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Motorola
  • Nabisco
  • Nalco Chemical Company
  • National Safety Council
  • NBC-TV
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial
  • Porsche
  • Precision Financial Services
  • Q 101-FM
  • Ravinia Festival
  • Ray Graham Association
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Seaside Music Theatre
  • Sierra Club
  • Smith Barney
  • The Mix 101.9 FM
  • Thornton Township High School
  • UBS Financial Services
  • United Airlines
  • Universal Records
  • US 99
  • USG Corporation
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Wheaton Warrenville 
South High School
  • Willowbrook High School
  • World Relief DuPage
  • World Trade Center Chicago
  • WGN/Channel 9
  • WTTW/Channel 11
  • York High School

We want to learn more from you! If the Elmhurst Experience is the type of college experience you want to have, you can apply today with our online application. If you would like to schedule a visit to our beautiful campus, take a look at our options for private visits, group tours and open houses. If a bit more information is what you need, visit the main Elmhurst College website where you’ll find more information about the campus, our academic programs and everything else the Elmhurst Experience is about.