Open to Chicago teens ages 14-18 and in high school, every ASM program allows you to explore your passions, learn new skills, and earn money at the same time!
Please check the location of the programs you are applying to and be sure you will have safe transportation to and from the program.
Spring programs will run February 26 – May 11, 2024.
Choose from a variety of ASM programs in this 2-week experience (January 29 – February 9)!
Open to Chicago teens ages 14-18, every ASM program allows you to explore your passions, learn new skills, and earn money at the same time!
Fall programs begin on September 25.
🌟 In-person Interviews for Programs Hosted at ASM Buildings on the following days:
Note: Please come prepared for auditions or with art materials if the program requires it.
ASM Building Locations:
*You must interview at the ASM building where the program runs!
📍 The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center | 3435 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago, IL 60641
📍 Gallery 37 Center for the Arts | 66 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
📍 After School Matters at Gately Park | 10201 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, IL 60628
🌟 For Programs Not at an ASM Building: Instructors will contact teens about an interview via email.
By participating in an ASM program and successfully meeting the program requirements, you will earn a financial stipend.
I-9 Employment Verification for Teen Interns
Full details and schedule to complete your I-9 Employment Verification before the start of programs.
March 25 – March 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Earn $100 for this 4-day opportunity. Remote Interviews happening February 26 – March 9.
Stay tuned! Summer application opening in early March!
Apply for ASM’s
Winter Wellness Challenge
Take part in the challenge
December 23 – January 1 and earn a $150 stipend by completing 7 of the 10 challenge prompts.
Log into Your Teen Dashboard
Check on the status of your application, see if you’re on track to get paid, and more.
To participate in an After School Matters Spring program, you must:
Instructors will communicate directly with teens as they finalize their program rosters throughout the recruitment period – from now until the first day of programs.
ALL teens who apply to a program will receive a status notification via email. This email will let you know whether or not you have been placed in each program to which you applied. Teens who are not placed in programs at that point will be encouraged to apply for additional programs.
You may apply to up to six programs per program session.
When completing your application, have your CPS ID number ready (if applicable), a functioning email address, and/or phone number. A valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is accepted but not required for your application.
Teens applying to internships must be at least 16-years-old and must complete employment verification requirements, I-9 and W-4 forms, after you have been placed in a program.
If you do not have a Social Security number or ITIN, you can still participate in some After School Matters programs! Please talk to your program instructor for more information.
No, you may only participate in one program per program session. We do encourage you to participate in more programs in future sessions.
Most programs require an in-person or virtual interview. This is a time to connect with the instructor, share why you want to participate in the program, what other obligations you may have during the session, how the instructor can best support you, and any questions.
If a program needs additional participants, they may pull teens from the waitlist. In this case, an instructor will reach out to teens via email or phone to invite them to interview.
If you wish to switch programs, contact your school liaison or program staff asap. All program switches should take place by the first week of a program session.
All teens that meet the stipend eligibility requirements will receive a stipend based on the program level and frequency. Learn more about Teen Pay, here.
Reach out directly to the instructors of the programs you applied to (visible on the Teen Dashboard) via email to introduce yourself, check in on the status of your application, and share the reasons why you want to be in their program. From there, each instructor will get back to you about possibly setting up an interview or status of your application.