What is JOB1?

First job for high school students.

The JOB1 Summer Internship Program was created 20 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 businesses and not for profits in the Chicago area.

2023 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 8-week internship/job of 20-40 hours/week at Chicago’s minimum wage salary which was set in 2023 at $15.80 per hour.
  • 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.

Visit the JOB1 Facebook page.
Visit the JOB1 LinkedIn page.

Please contact Rob Harney, JOB1 Chair, at JOB1@rotaryone.club with questions.


2024 JOB1 Committee


Rob Harney – Co-Chair/ Employer Recruitment

Lisa Russ & Jaylan Leon – Co-Chair /Student Recruitment

John O’Toole

Kya Robottom

Sherolyn Shaw

Joel Timm