How to Apply

Online Applications will be available on February 1, 2018.  

Please login on or after February 1st to access the application.  You will be asked to register your email address in order to access the application.  Potential candidates will be able to apply from their computer, laptop or mobile devices.

ALL Students must APPLY ONLINE and upload all required documents to their application at the following application site:

Deadline for the 2018 applications:   APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH BY 5:00PM.


The Chicago Summer Business Institute is looking for students who are eager to work and learn.

Eligibility Requirements (student must meet all requirements):

  • Student must be a resident of the City of Chicago;
  • Student must currently be a Sophomore or Junior (ages 15 and under need a valid work permit by 6/1/18);
  • Student must have a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Student must attend either a public/charter, parochial or private high school;
  • Student must have a social security card; and
  • Annual household income should not exceed $60,000 a year (Parents/Guardians must sign Certificate of Income Verification Form which can be found on our website)

 Application Materials:

  • Complete an ONLINE APPLICATION and upload all required forms
  • Complete the CSBI Income Verification Form_2016 (MUST include original signatures from applicant & Parent/Legal Guardian) and upload to the application;
  • Provide Updated Resume (REQUIRED);
  • Provide Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a high school teacher, counselor or school official);
  • Provide Official High School Transcript, and
  • Upload a 500-word Essay on the online application system (Word document or pdf file accepted)

After the initial application review, students will be notified via email regarding his/her scheduled interview date.  If necessary, please visit or to sign up for a free email account for convenient receipt of notifications from the Chicago Summer Business Institute.

Returning Students:  You must re-apply using the online application, submit current documents and meet all of the eligibility requirements of the program to be considered.


2018 Timetable (Dates are subject to change)

Applications Available

February 1

Job Readiness Workshop


Applications Due

March 31

Applicant Interviews

April 21 & April 28

Notifications Emailed/Mailed

May 7-11

Acceptance Letters Due

May 25


June 20-22*

Meet & Greet Luncheon

June 22

Work Begins

June 25

Work Ends

August 3





Job Readiness Workshop

Attend a FREE job readiness workshop. Highlights: creating effective resumes, preparing for successful interviews, making positive first impressions, understanding office etiquette, and interactive role-playing.


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