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If you are an 11th or 12th grader interested in Information Technology and Computer Science, then this apprenticeship opportunity is for you! It includes certifications in CompTIA Fundamentals+ and A+.

Priority will be given to those who are living and/or attending school in Chicago’s West Side area.

Deadline: September 11th, 2022

Duration: October 2022- June 2023

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If you are an adult, 18+ years old without a 4-year degree and interested in Information Technology and Computer Science,then this apprenticeship opportunity is for you! It includes certifications in Google – IT Support, Data Analytics, Project Management, UX Design, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce, Android Development

Priority will be given to those who are living and/or attending school in Chicago’s West Side area.

Deadline: September 11th, 2022
Duration: October 2022- June 2023

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Vitals for STEM Success is an afterschool science enrichment program for middle school students interested in healthcare careers. REACH is partnering with the Carole Robertson Center to host Vitals at two schools, Herzl School of Excellence and Lawndale Community Academy, beginning in October.

Details about the program:

  • Two 10-week sessions of 1 hour STEM exploration labs
  • Build interest and awareness of careers in STEM and healthcare fields
  • Collaborative games and projects to learn about human body systems and healthcare career pathways

Join us for our Closing Celebration for MedSTEM Pathways and Explorers on Friday, August 5th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Teamster Building, 300 S. Ashland Ave.

This will be a drive-by celebration where students can stop by to pick up their certificates of completion, and winners of the capstone showcase will be given their awards.

Come celebrate and network with your peers and REACH Staff!


With reports of COVID-19 cases on the rise and the new variant, the Rush Education and Career Hub has decided to move the MedSTEM Pathways and Explorers Capstone Showcase to virtual. The capstone presentations will remain on Friday, August 5th

  • MedSTEM Pathways – 9:00am – 10:30am 
  • MedSTEM Explorers – 10:30am – 12:00pm 

Since the showcase date is rapidly approaching, please ensure you are on track to complete your project and seek additional support if needed. The capstone instructors will share information regarding the agenda and timeline for the virtual showcase this week during your scheduled classes. 


Rush University Medical Center is hosting the One Box, One Community Donation Drive.
Come support our Rush community!

All donations will support the new Rush Veggie Rx Program; a food prescription program designed to address food insecurity and increase intake of fresh produce for Rush patients.

With your help, we can work towards improving patients’ health outcomes through your friendly donations of:

-Non-perishable food items
-Gift cards (Visa or Dollar Tree)
-Monetary donations

Deadline: July 29th, 2022
When: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Where: RUSH Teamster Building
(300 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60607)


Coding Camp is focused on teaching 5th- 8th grade students how to build websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript foundation. This is an opportunity for students interested in STEM and living and/or attending school in Chicago’s West Side area.

Deadline: July 7th, 2022
When: July 11th – 22nd, 12 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Where: By The Hand – Moving Everest
416 North Laramie Avenue


Volunteering is so important for our communities! 

Throughout the summer, students participate in a variety of community service initiatives to honor the REACH founder, Reginald “Hats” Adams. 

Our Hats Day of Service was so much fun!


Are you interested in becoming a certified medical assistant? 

Learn more about this amazing 18-month apprenticeship program at Rush, and gain valuable experience in the field!

Sign Up Here


Our Career Panel Series is fast approaching, and we need you to share your experience with the next generation of healthcare leaders!

Make sure you register today to volunteer for the dates below:

June 24, 2022 • Pathways to Nursing
July 8, 2022 • Pathways to Allied Health
July 15, 2022 • Pathways to Business in health administration
July 22, 2022 • Pathways to Medicine
July 26, 2022 • Pathways to IT
July 29, 2022 • Pathways to Research/science

Register Here


Free Opportunity to Get It/Tech Certified! 

Are you interested in gaining more IT skills? Do you want the chance to get connected to a high-paying career?

Sign up for REACH’s next round of certifications. Classes are only 10 weeks long  and include a FREE exam voucher. 

Deadline:  April 25th, 2022
Start: May 2nd, 2022
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Google Meets (Remote)

Register Here


As a mentor, Rush staff and students have the opportunity to share their experiences and play a role in workforce development and healthcare career exploration for our youth. Mentors will be paired with one of our rising senior MedSTEM Pathways Interns to provide college- and career-focused mentoring throughout the summer and fall semester.

Deadline:  May 13th, 2022
Apply Here

Register Here


Have you received Financial Aid Award Letters and need help deciding the right financial match to plan about where to go to college? Get help in interpreting the Award Letters at REACH!

Get real-time assistance in interpreting Financial Aid Award Letters from Deon Brown, the REACH Student Success Coach and a team of ISACorp members from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Register here today!

Date:  April 9th
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom


Interested in becoming a REACH intern host/preceptor?

Contact Nia Benton for more information [email protected]

Date:  April 12th and April 20th
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Location: Herrick #531 in Room 500


Have you received Financial Aid Award Letters and need help deciding the right financial match to plan about where to go to college? Get help in interpreting the Award Letters at REACH!

Get real-time assistance in interpreting Financial Aid Award Letters from Deon Brown, the REACH Student Success Coach and a team of ISACorp members from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Register here today!

Date:  March 19th
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom


Join Chicago’s leading hospital systems on March 9th, 5-6pm, for a virtual info session about summer internship, training, and volunteer opportunities for high school students pursuing healthcare careers. You’ll also learn about a new searchable directory of youth programs for healthcare career awareness and advancement in Chicagoland.

Register here today!

Date:  March 9th
Time: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom


Need help with your summer application?
We’re here to help you complete them!
You and a Rush staff member will be paired up to review your resume, cover letter, application, and participate in a mock interview.
Registration is required!

Date: February 3rd
Time: 4 p.m. -5 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom


MedSTEM Pathways and Explorers Applications open on January 24th.

MedSTEM Explorers is a paid enrichment program for rising high school sophomores and juniors. During one six-week summer session, students will explore careers and research real-world issues that affect their communities.


MedSTEM Pathways is a paid internship program for rising high school juniors and seniors and recent graduates. During the one six-week summer session, students will engage in hands-on learning to strengthen communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. In addition to skills development for higher education and career, students will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials.


Join us to learn more about becoming a strong med school applicant. From the timing of application, application services, the personal statement, the MCAT, GPA, letters of recommendation, budget, and so much more!

Date: January 29th
Time: 10 a.m. -11a.m. CST
Location: Zoom


Are you preparing to take the MCAT exam? Join us for a conversation with current Rush Medical College students where they will share their best practices, advice, and talk about the ups and downs of their MCAT journey.
Student speakers are M.D Candidates Class of 2025 and are part of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at Rush Medical College.

Date: Saturday, January 22nd
Time: 10 a.m. -11 a.m. CST
Location: Zoom


Do you need one-on-one advising regarding college access and success?
Deon Brown, Student Success Coach is here to help you!
Beginning January 19th you can contact Deon Brown during his office hours every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. CST or by appointment.

Contact Information: [email protected]
(312) 942-0487


The College Career Pathways program is offering an eight-week, 32 hours per week internship program for twelve highly motivated undergraduate college students with a strong interest in nursing, radiology & diagnostic, Information Technology (IT), public/community health, and many more healthcare careers.
The summer internship is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to hands-on workforce skills, on-the-job training, and provide the opportunity to gain industry-related credentials for those students seeking careers in the health sciences. Interns will be provided compensation for a Summer experience.
No travel or housing accommodations are provided.

Internship dates:
June 20-August 12, 2022

Application deadline: 
February 18, 2022.


The Center for Community Health Equity is offering an eight-week, 40-hour per week internship program for four highly motivated undergraduate college students currently in their junior or senior year with a strong interest in research, health disparities, and community relations.
The summer internship held at Rush University is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to students seeking careers in the health sciences and research. Summer interns will be provided compensation for the experience (up to $5,000 before taxes; partial bi-weekly payment).
No travel or housing accommodations are provided. The internship is designed to give relevant and needed exposure to hands-on workforce skills, on-the-job training, and provide the opportunity to gain industry-related credentials for those students seeking careers in the health sciences. Interns will be provided compensation for a Summer experience.
No travel or housing accommodations are provided.

Internship dates: 
June 20-August 12, 2022

Application Deadline:
February 18, 2022


Are you a college student interested in pursuing a career in healthcare in Chicagoland?

Join us to:

  • Learn about internships, training programs, and volunteer opportunities at Chicagoland’s learning hospital systems
  • Learn netowrking skills
  • Network with peers and established healthcare professionals
  • Gain insights on healthcare career pathways from panels of diverse healthcare professionals

Date: December 16, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Location: Virtual through Whova
Cost: Free

Register Now: chihealthworks.com/showcase


Dr. Georgia Bozeday, EdD, Director of Educational Services at Rush Neurobehavioral Center and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University, has extensive experience in education, speech language pathology, learning disabilities and gifted education. She currently manages the Executive Function projects and is instrumental in curriculum design and implementation of the RNBC Executive Functions programs. 

Date: December 2, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom


Support Food Insecurity

Volunteers are needed to distribute healthy meals in West Garfield Park community for two Saturday shifts and home delivery.

First shift: 8:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Second shift: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Home delivery at Green Castle Building #1 and #2

Address: 311 W. Washington.

Food distribution will happen every Saturday until Dec. 8th (except Nov. 27th) in Aldi’s closed parking lot.
On Nov.19th food distribution will be at

New Mt. Pilgrim, 4301 W. Washington.

Click here to volunteer.