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Policy and Social Impact

Careers in Policy and Social Impact welcomes all students who are interested in making an impact on the world through internships and beyond graduation. Students pursue careers in a broad range of fields including think tanks, local and federal government, global health, human rights as well as with the quickly evolving sectors in sustainability, big data, corporate social responsibility, impact and non-profit consulting, and economic development. For all these areas, program advisers offer guidance and industry expertise to help students identify public policy and service opportunities best suited to their skills and interests.

Scheduling an Appointment

Advising appointments are one-on-one meetings. Students can make an appointment through Handshake to have a strategic conversation about their career, prepare the best application materials possible, find resources to search for internships and jobs, or sharpen their interview skills.

Internships

Careers in Policy and Social Impact assists students in identifying internship opportunities that help them build professional skills and industry expertise. Organizations that have hosted UChicago students for internships include the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Human Rights Watch, Milken Institute, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, African Federation for Emergency Medicine, the Robin Hood Foundation, Juvenile Protective Association, Brookings Institution, and many others.

Listhost

Each week, Careers in Policy and Social Impact sends an industry-specific list of internship and full-time opportunities and an events newsletter to highlight opportunities on campus to learn more about careers and activities in policy and social impact. Sign up for the program listhost to get updates about upcoming programs and application deadlines.

Program Tracks

Responding to students’ diverse interests, Careers in Policy and Social Impact offers several different programs, each designed to guide students in their career path, help to build skills, hone interests, and sharpen applications for internships and full-time jobs.

Fried Public Policy and Service Program

An open participation program for any College student interested in public interest career fields, the Fried Public Policy and Service Program provides a diverse range of career resources for mission-driven students, including professional development events, career treks, and networking opportunities.

Public Policy Leaders Program

Public Policy Leaders is a selective track offered for students who are ambitious about pursuing public sector and social impact careers. Students in the program have access to funded internships, specialized career treks, and trainings in technical and soft skills as well as leadership development. Exclusive programming isoffered by experts from the Harris School of Public Policy, the Institute of Politics, the Social Sciences Division, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, and graduate student mentors. Students complete the bulk of programming during their second and fourth years in order concentrate on their internship search during third year. 

Visit the Public Policy Leaders webpage to learn more.

Luther H. Foster, Jr. Public Service Internship Program

The Luther H. Foster, Jr. Public Service Internship Program provides career resources, leadership development, and funded internship opportunities for students who are dedicated to promoting the success of underrepresented populations in public interest careers, including government, policy, think tanks, nonprofits, and social service.

The program offers internships and professional development resources for students committed to amplifying these voices in politics and social impact. The program is open to all first-year students. Students with a strong interest in public interest careers and those from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Visit the program webpage for more information, and sign up for the Careers in Policy and Social Impact listhost to receive updates about the program.

Social Sector Leaders Program

Offered in partnership with UChicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, the Social Sector Leaders Program is a one-year selective track for a cohort of undergraduate students. This program is intended for students interested in deepening their understanding of the complexity of social problems; while developing their professional capacity to effectively drive social change. Students participating in this program have professional interest in a variety of social sector fields: Therapy or Clinical Social Work, Social Administration, Social Policy and Evaluation and Non-Profit Management.

Visit the program webpage for more information!

UChicago Green Careers

UChicago Green Careers is an open-participation track that supports students who are interested in environmental and sustainability careers. Whether you’re interested in doing research as an environmental scientist, crafting green policies for governments, or designing sustainable products and business practices for companies, UChicago Green Careers can help you reach your goals!

Human Rights Internship Program

The Careers in Policy and Social Impact team partners closely with the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights to offer internship opportunities to students exploring global human rights. The Human Rights Internship Program is an opportunity for University of Chicago students to explore human rights in practice, supported by a fellowship grant of $5,000. The yearlong program supports students as they search out and prepare for a full-time summer internship, then integrate that experience into the rest of their academic coursework. To learn more about the Human Rights Internship Program, please visit the program website.

Global Health Programs

Global Health Scholars Program

The Global Health Scholars Program is a selective track that introduces undergraduates to a broad scope of functions needed in the field of health equity. The program is designed to explore the linkages between global, national, and local public health issues and the skills needed to advance in the sector. Students examine technology, policy, supply chain, marketing, finance, human-centered design and other disciplines and their roles in global health. To meet track requirements, scholars participate in skills workshops, attend conferences, participate in challenges and other experiential activities to prepare for careers in the U.S. and abroad. Scholars have until graduation to complete track requirements and will receive a designation of completion on their transcript. 

  • Open to first, second, and third year students of all majors

Kiphart Collegiate Fellows Program

The Kiphart Collegiate Fellows Program provides students with stipends to support experiential learning internships in global health and social development, with a preferred focus on the Global South.

In addition to a substantive summer internship, all Kiphart Collegiate Fellows have access to exclusive cohort events, including a spring kickoff event and a symposium in Autumn Quarter to present on their internship experience. The goal of the program is for students to gain hands-on experience working in the field, learn from leaders in global health and social development, and connect with like-minded peers at UChicago.

Center for Global Health Summer Research Fellowship

The Center for Global health is excited to announce its annual Summer Research Fellowship Program. This opportunity will allow promising undergraduate and graduate students to take part in a 10 to 12-week Fellowship where they will benefit from first-hand experience working in research settings in Chicago and one of our partnering sites abroad. CGH’s prestigious partnerships offer a strong local mentoring infrastructure as well as longitudinal and well-defined projects.

The objective of this Fellowship is to provide students at different levels and from different backgrounds practical exposure to medical and global health research with a strong foundation in faculty and peer-to-peer mentorship. Students will gain valuable experience in collecting and analyzing data, relating to people of different backgrounds and experiences, collaborating with other researchers and peers, understanding and synthesizing research literature, formulating hypotheses, orally presenting results, thinking, and working creatively and independently, and applying knowledge to real-world situations. 

  • Deadline: Winter Quarter 2023
  • Open to 1st-, 2nd-,and 3rd-year students

Support Our Students

The continued support of alumni plays an integral role in the success of students involved in Careers in Policy and Social Impact. We welcome employers to engage by speaking with students, joining career panels, hosting an intern or extern, or making a gift to the program. If you are interested in any of these options or would like to get involved in other ways, please contact Will Lutterman, Program Director, at wplutterman@uchicago.edu.

Contact

For more information about Careers in Policy and Social Impact, please contact Will Lutterman, Program Director, at wplutterman@uchicago.edu