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Journalism and Creative Writing

Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing prepares students to launch successful storytelling careers. The program serves students interested in a diverse range of career fields, including journalism, print and broadcast media, book writing, podcasting, and publishing.  

College students of all majors and class years can get involved with Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing!

Find Your Voice

Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing provides a wide range of resources to help students navigate these rapidly evolving fields, gain hands-on experience, build a portfolio of clips and writing samples, and connect with experienced journalists and authors. These opportunities include individualized advising, professional development workshops, and networking events.

One-on-One Advising

Program Director Benjamin Waltzer brings a wide range of professional experience to the role, and works closely with colleagues across the University, the Committee on Creative Writing, and institutions and practitioners worldwide to build a network of opportunities for students.

In advising appointments, students may receive help with developing a portfolio, preparing resumes, composing effective cover letters, and discussing how to use program resources to achieve their unique pre-professional goals. The program can also help students find and secure internships, grants, and employment opportunities.

Hone Your Storytelling Skills

Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing hosts a variety of professional development events throughout the year. Panelists include reporters, critics, published authors, and freelance writers. Recent guests have included journalist Sarah Koenig of “Serial,” author Samuel G. Freedman, poet and journalist Ted Genoways and many more.

Get Experience

UChicago’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program provides 3,000 paid, substantive internships each year in a wide range of career fields. Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing partners with a diverse set of employers to facilitate internships for students.

Previous Metcalf students have interned at the The New Republic, ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, and the University of Chicago Press.

Grants

In addition to paid internships through the Metcalf Program, Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing offers grants to fund unpaid internships with employers in journalism, media, creative writing, and related fields. Students can apply for funding to pursue internships that will provide mentorship and valuable professional experience.

Career Treks

Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing offers career “treks” to connect students with employers in some of the world’s biggest media markets, including Chicago, New York, London, and Los Angeles. Recent treks have taken students to visit the BBC, NBC, Bloomberg, Ogilvy, Vice, FX, and Showtime.

Sign Up

Stay up to date on events, programs, and job/internship opportunities by joining the listhost. Make sure to select "Careers in Arts, Culture, and Entertainment/Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing." 

Learn More

For more information, please contact program director Ben Waltzer at waltzer@uchicago.edu