Alumni Board Externship Program

Program Overview 

Spend 1-5 enriching days learning more about an exciting career through the Alumni Board Externship Program!

A partnership between Career Advancement and the Alumni Board, the Alumni Board Externship Program gives undergraduates the opportunity to shadow UChicago alumni, family members, and friends at their place of work during winter, spring, and summer breaks. During an Externship, students get a firsthand look at the daily life in their field of interest, expand their professional network, and identify possible career paths.


The Spring 2018 Externship Cycle will take place over spring break, from March 19-23, 2018 (can be anywhere from 1-5 days depending on the host's availability). To participate in this upcoming cycle, please complete the following questionnaire: The deadline to sign up is January 31, 2018!

A staff member will contact you by February 16, 2018 to inform you of your placement, at which time you can choose to accept or decline your placement. You will only be given one placement per cycle, and you are welcome to reapply to future cycles of the externship program.

The Hosts

Career Advancement offers externships in a variety of fields, including the arts, business, consulting, finance, government, law, medicine, nonprofits, STEM, and more!

Previous hosts include:

  • The American Medical Association
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • DigitasLBi
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • The Frick Collection
  • Google
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Museum of Contemporary Art

If you are interested in applying to the Alumni Board Externship Program, be sure to review the FAQ and sign-up procedures.

PLEASE NOTE: Externships are unpaid. In addition, students are responsible for any costs associated with the externship (transportation, housing, meals, etc.)

Employers - Interested in Hosting an Extern?

If you are interested in hosting an extern, please complete the form available on the prospective host registration page.

About the Alumni Board

The Alumni Board and its committees work with the Alumni Association to enhance services for alumni as well as voice alumni opinion on issues affecting the University community. Their work includes identifying opportunities to engage alumni more fully in the life of the University and piloting innovative programs to involve alumni in serving students and one another.


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