Choose Compassion

January​ 6,​ 2022

Our mission: At Choose Chicago, we “Choose Compassion” and are committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful work culture with a brilliant mix of people because we are equally different. We firmly believe in the strength and power of our diverse group of partners, employees, and clients who drive business and innovation while building a collaborative connection within our community and the neighborhoods we serve.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program
Building diverse talent  – building the future

EDI Apprenticeship

Know a rising star in the BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) community?

As a part of Choose Chicago’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiative to build a diverse talent pipeline in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries, we are pleased to launch the EDI apprenticeship pilot program in partnership with United Airlines.

The EDI apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity for emerging professionals to gain valuable insight and experience into the destination marketing and hospitality fields. Our mission is to offer on-the-job experience to those from BIPOC communities, while positioning these individuals for long-term professional success in the industry. We are seeking to sponsor one apprentice for 2022.

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Apprenticeship program details:

  • The apprenticeship includes the opportunity to experience multiple career tracks within Choose Chicago and a career track within United Airlines. Choose Chicago career tracks include Global Development, Sports Commission, Marketing, Partnership, and Sales & Services/Event Management.
  • All applicants must commit to a 600-hour apprenticeship (not to exceed six months unless noted) with availability to work at least 32 – 40 hours per week.
  • Selected applicants will earn a minimum of $17/hour and receive a paid monthly stipend for transportation and meal support.
  • Selected applicant is guaranteed employment at Choose Chicago, United Airlines, or partner organizations upon successful completion of the program*.
  • Travel may be included as part of the program. All travel-related expenses will be provided.
  • All applicants must be age 21 or over and a resident of Chicago (preferred) or Illinois suburban communities.

Not only do we work in the best big city in America and represent the best industry in the world, but collectively we can recruit the best diverse talent to our industry.

So help us spread the word! Encourage someone in your network to apply for the EDI apprenticeship. Deadline to apply is Feb​. 2,​ 2022.

The EDI apprenticeship program is scheduled to begin March 2022.

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*If a position cannot be offered at Choose Chicago or United Airlines, Tourism Diversity Matters will assist Choose Chicago with job placement.