For the past three years, Eli’s Cheesecake has participated in Chicago
Semester; a unique program for mid-west colleges to bring students to Chicago
for a semester where they are able to become involved in the business and social
life of Chicago. We have found Chicago Semester to be a great source of talent
from a wide range of smaller midwest colleges.

We are very proud that we have hired our first full time associate that
started with us in the Chicago Semester Program. Boris Bajlovic of Central
College in Pella, Iowa came to Eli’s in the Spring of 2004 as an intern from
Chicago Semester and now joins our sales & marketing staff full time this

Mission Statement: Chicago Semester is an off-campus
college program rooted in the Christian faith. The program challenges students
to integrate their personal, professional and public lives through urban
exposure, academic seminars and a wide range of internships.

Chicago Semester:

  • Introduces you to an urban setting known for its economic and
    cultural vitality as well as the charm of its many neighborhoods.
  • Invites you to explore the implications of your calling in the world,
    including cultural transformation and the pursuit of social justice.
  • Nurtures your faith journey and the development of your worldview.

Our Goals For Our Students:


  • To experience living in a large city with its possibilities and
  • To engage in learning about personal values, vocational goals and
    collective responsibility to society.
  • To work under experienced mentors in internships suited to your
    career aspirations



Sponsoring Colleges

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Central College in Pella,
Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa
Hope College in Holland,
Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa
Trinity Christian
College in Palos Heights, Illinois

Participating Colleges

Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Briar Cliff University in Sioux
City, Iowa
Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Spring Arbor
University in Spring Arbor, Michigan