Summer is in full swing here at Eli’s as we welcome new  guests on a weekly basis. This week, we hosted 11 food science students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) for the first session of their Summer Internship. This week’s program featured guest speaker Ronda L. Lee, an established attorney with a background in business, education, government and writing. She is an exceptional example of perseverance, hence her motto, “failure is an option and it is okay, just keep trying.”  We appreciate Lee for her participation and thank her for sharing her inspiring story.

CHSAS is one of the only urban agricultural high schools in the country, located on a working farm. We enjoy a strong partnership with the school, providing job shadowing, mentor programs and internships. The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program is a summer internship for CHSAS students working with Eli’s, Wright College and Farmer’s Market vendors in partnership with The University of Illinois Extension Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

On the same day, Eli’s welcomed a number of First Bank of Highland Park Interns along with some interns from Top Box Foods. Eli’s has a strong partnership with Top Box Foods interns to show them the other side of the food industry—manufacturing.

Eli’s also partners with the First Bank of Highland Park each summer to bring Eli’s and Bank interns a unique experience to learn about a different industry. During their visit, Bank interns were able to learn about food marketing, sales, and even baking and decorating cheesecakes!


Above: CHSAS students & Ronda L. Lee (middle) posing before departing from Eli’s


  Above: Top Box & First Bank of Highland Park Interns after their Cheesecake decorating activity