Exploring Careers in Business

The University of Chicago counts world leaders in business among its alumni, with representatives from every corner of the globe in a broad range of fields. The rigorous liberal arts education at UChicago builds solid critical thinking skills that are crucial for students as they prepare for management positions, where they must make important decisions in a fast-paced environment. The foundation offered by the Core curriculum—along with leading programs in mathematics, economics and even business courses at the world-renowned University of Chicago Booth School of Business—gives students the edge they need to advance as successful professionals in the business world.

Regardless of major, students will graduate with outstanding quantitative, verbal, and written skills, preparing them expertly for persuasion, negotiation, and collaboration—the cornerstones of successful business relationships. With access to the top-ranking Chicago Booth, an economics faculty that includes Nobel laureates, the vibrant Core curriculum, and the immersive academic environment at UChicago, the attractive internship and research opportunities are just one more way students are set up to succeed--in both the classroom and the boardroom.

Students interested in business should:

1. Make an appointment with a Career Advancement adviser to discuss their interests. Be sure to indicate your interest in business when you schedule your appointment through UChicago Handshake.

2. Regardless of business focus, consider getting involved in Business Career Services, the University’s non-selective business program. By engaging with BCS, undergraduate students of all years and majors can attend business-related workshops, access personalized business career advising appointments, and take courses at Chicago Booth.

Students can also consider getting involved in a number of other Career Advancement UChicago Careers In programs: 

UChicago Careers in Education Professions (UCIEP)

UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship (UCIE)

UChicago Careers in Health Professions (UCIHP)

UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM)

UChicago Careers in Law (UCIL)

Fried Public Policy and SErvice Program

UChicago Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (UCISTEM)

3. Explore the Trott Business Program and the Financial Markets Program during their first year by speaking with a Business Career Services adviser and attending an information session.

4. Investigate University-sponsored opportunities, such as:    

5. Undergraduates can take classes at Chicago Booth.

6. Sign up for relevant listhosts through UChicago Handshake:

  • Business
  • Metcalfs
  • This Week at Career Advancement
  • UChicago Treks

After signing up for a listhost, be sure to check your email and UChicago Handshake for upcoming programs and employer events at Career Advancement!

7. Participate in business-related Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) The Blue Chips, International Leadership Council (ILC), University of Chicago Consulting Club, Eckhart Consulting, The Mark, and Women in Business are some of the most active and recognizable RSOs in recent years.

8. Prepare for your job search, network, and sharpen your interviewing skills by scheduling an appointment with practice interviewers at Career Advancement specifically consulting, financial services, and general business interviews.

9. Investigate Chicago Booth programs, including:

  • Booth Scholars Program - The Booth Scholars Program allows fourth-years in the College to apply for deferred admissions to Chicago Booth.
  • Dougan Scholars Program – The Dougan Scholars Program offers UChicago students the opportunity to complement their undergraduate curriculum with study in Chicago Booth courses.

10. Refer to the following handouts: