Welcome to the Odyssey Career Resource Center! As an Odyssey Scholar, you have access to a unique set of resources that will help you explore your career interests and develop a strong foundation for your professional development. The Odyssey Career Resource Center provides detailed information about Career Advancement resources for Odyssey Scholars.
*For first-year Odyssey Scholars looking for information on program and funding requirements for the First-Year Odyssey Career Program, please visit the First-Year Odyssey Career Program! For an overview of resources and programming throughout the year, click here to view the Odyssey First Year Career Roadmap.
Career Resources for Odyssey Scholars
Odyssey Scholars can take advantage of many special resources, including:
- Personalized one-on-one advising with a career adviser
- Frequent updates from Career Advancement about opportunities aligned with your interests
- Funding available for unpaid or partially paid internships or research opportunities during the summer.
- Access to the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which provides 2,800+ paid, substantive internship opportunities each year with a highly diverse range of organizations. Effective Summer 2020, the minimum stipend for a full-time Metcalf internship will increase to $5,000 for both first-year Odyssey Scholars and Odyssey upperclass students.
- Mentorship and community with fellow Odyssey Scholars
- Workshops designed to maximize your career potential
- An opportunity to gain technical skills and apply to positions at nonprofit endowments/investment offices through the John W. Rogers, Jr. Internship Program in Finance
Career Resources for Self-Secured Unpaid Opportunities for Second-Fourth Year Odyssey Scholars
“Self-secured internships” refer to high-quality internships that students secure by independently contacting professors or employers to find a position, or by applying to internships posted outside of the Metcalf Program. Odyssey Scholars who self-secure an opportunity that is unpaid or partially paid can apply to the Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant for Odyssey Students to support their summer living expenses.
Pursuing a self-secured internship is an excellent option if you are seeking an opportunity that might not be available in a traditional job database (e.g., highly specialized industry, specific geographic area). Self-securing an internship is also an effective strategy for students interested in conducting summer research with a faculty member. Students interested in academic research are encouraged to reach out to faculty whose work aligns with their interests early on in the academic year. For additional guidance on how to self-secure an internship, please discuss this option with your career adviser.
Please speak with your career adviser if you would like support in crafting an outreach e-mail to send to potential organizations you’re interested in working for over the summer, the earlier you send your inquires, the more success you are likely to have. Additionally, career advisers can help you in to setting up a timeline for your self-secured outreach!
Funding Eligibility Criteria for Self-Secured Opportunities
To be eligible for Odyssey funding, your self-secured opportunity must:
- Provide substantive projects and responsibilities (i.e., limited or no clerical tasks such as filing, fetching coffee, or doing heavily administrative work)
- Provide you with an immediate supervisor who can serve as a professional mentor
- Last a total of 400 hours over the summer (approximately 8-10 weeks)
Internships that last less than 400 hours may qualify for partial Odyssey funding. Please contact your Odyssey career adviser to discuss the possibility of partial funding.
Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant for Odyssey Students
Second through fourth-year Odyssey Scholars are eligible to apply for grants to fund unpaid summer internships and research experiences both in the U.S. and abroad; up to $5,000 for domestic internships or internships abroad. Stipends will range between $1,500 and $5,000 based on the internship start and end dates as well as the total hours of work.
There are three application cycles. Students who are not selected during the first cycle are eligible to apply to the second cycle, and third cycle if needed. The 2018-2019 cycles have closed. Be on the look out for the 2019-2020 grant cycle that will open during the winter quarter.
Career Advancement also encourages all Odyssey Scholars to apply for summer internships through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which provides 2,800+ paid, substantive internship opportunities each year with a highly diverse range of organizations. Last year, Metcalf interns worked in 250+ cities in nearly 60 countries around the world.
Additionally, to help you explore your options for a meaningful experience this summer, Career Advancement has compiled two resources to assist with planning for funding and logistics:
- A guide to grant and funding opportunities across campus - the 2019-2020 guide will be available in Autumn Quarter 2019
- A guide to planning your internship logistics, including housing, transportation, etc.