Summer Associate

The Summer Associate Program is a prestigious summer internship opportunity for graduate students to work in public sector consulting, create a civic network, and have a lasting, positive impact on Chicago and the broader region. Summer Associates participate in a specialized training program focused on core consulting, analytical problem solving, and project management skills.

They are then placed on teams working on a specific, high-impact client project for a public sector client working in education, public safety, healthcare, or economic development.

In addition to substantial client work, throughout the summer Summer Associates will have exposure to senior civic executives and peers who are active in the civic sector through a series of networking events.

High performing Summer Associates are asked often to join Civic Consulting as Senior Associates after graduation. 


I would not be in the job I am without Civic Consulting. Business school would not have done it. Business school didn’t know how to do it.

Kelly Ruppel


Chief of Staff, Madison Metropolitan School District

Former Civic Consulting Alliance Summer Associate