Application and Eligibility

Fall 2024
City Scholars

Live, Learn, and Intern in Chicago.
Applications open on January 22, 2024
Applications close on February 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

Majors Accepted

City Scholars is open to undergraduate students with at least junior credit standing majoring in:

  • Computer science 
  • CS + X 
  • Computer engineering
  • Electrical engineering

Fall 2024 Program Requirements


  • Location: Chicago
  • Dates:  Aug. 27, 2024 - Dec. 11, 2024


  • Application Deadline is Feb. 21, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Accepted students may withdraw before rankings are submitted on April 14, 2024.


  • Current resume
  • Statement of Interest in the City Scholars Program (200 word limit)
  • Applications are submitted online and the link will be posted on this website when the application is live.


  • 3.2/4.0 GPA recommended
  • Junior or senior standing
  • CS and CS+X students should complete CS233 or CS340. If enrolled in a required course, you are eligible to apply. 
  • ECE students should complete ECE 210. If enrolled in a required course, you are eligible to apply.

Candidate Process

Date(s) Event  
Jan. 22, 2024 Application Opens Apply to City Scholars Program by the deadline
Feb. 21, 2024 Application Deadline Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. 
Feb. 28, 2024 Application Acceptance After review, students are notified if they will advance to the next steps of the candidate process.
Feb. 28, 2024 -
Apr. 19, 2024
Company resume review and interview period Partner companies seeking interns will review resumes and reach out to interview candidates.  You can connect in-person by attending the on- campus Networking event 
Mar. 20, 2024 City Scholars Networking Night Candidates will meet company representatives in-person in Urbana at an on-campus networking event.
Apr. 9, 2024 Rankings page opens for City Scholars Candidates Candidates may begin to submit rankings up until the Apr. 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. deadline. Admitted Student Portal
Apr. 14, 2024 Deadline to Submit your rankings Candidates rank all companies that they are interested in working at. Note: Companies have a later ranking deadline and may ask your to interview after you submit your rankings. Admitted Student Portal
Apr. 24, 2024 Matches announced Emails will be sent out to all students to let them know whether or not if they have been matched to a company who has ranked you.

Matching Candidates with Corporate Partners

By submitting internship preferences, candidates agree to move to Chicago and work for any companies ranked. Matches will be chosen based on student and company preferences. To better understand the matching process, watch this video that describes a similar process.

Company matches will be announced 4 to 6 weeks after applications close. Candidates will be notified in time to register for classes.

A match is not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to rank as many companies as possible to maximize the chance of matching. For a match to occur, a candidate and a partner must rank each other or express mutual interest. City Scholars will hold multiple matching rounds to fill all positions.