What is JOB1?

First job for high school students.

The JOB1 Summer Internship Program was created 18 years ago, in 2003, when the Rotary Club of Chicago was looking for a vocational services program that would deliver significant community value and that would engage Rotary members as well as the community it serves. Then, in 2005, JOB1 started as JobStart, a part of the City of Chicago’s KidStart Corporate Initiative. Rotary has remained a collaborative partner with the city and Chicago Public Schools and its Career and Technical Education department.

As the signature program for ROTARY/One, JOB1 prepares City of Chicago High School 11th grade and graduating seniors, who are sixteen and over, for the workplace by providing job readiness training, as well as, substantive paid summer internship opportunities with local business’ and not for profits in the Chicago.

2020 Intern Recognition and Employer Appreciation Luncheon.

Qualified Students:

  • Participate in extra-curricular programs (such as Chicago Public Schools’ Education to Careers).
  • Are recommended by teachers and/or guidance counselors.
  • Must attend 3 job training programs sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago.
  • Attend Job Fair sponsored by Rotary Club of Chicago.
  • ​Participate in a volunteer service project.


  • An eight week internship/Job with a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour and a 20-40 hour workweek.
  • Assignment to a Chicago company or not for profit organization.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards annual training.
  • Opportunity (for graduating seniors) to secure up to a $2500 college award.

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Visit the JOB1 LinkedIn page.

Please contact Aleta Williams, JOB1 Chair, at JOB1@rotaryone.club with questions.

2021 JOB1 Committee

Aleta Williams – Chair
Nicola Copeland – Co-Chair
Freddie Crenshaw
Michael Driscoll
Robert Finley
Robert Harney
Donner Kahl
Nick Latimer
John Romans
Lisa Russ
Sherolyn Shaw
Spencer Swies
Joel Timm
Wes Westerfield
John Wilhelm