Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program

Program Overview

Spend 1-5 enriching days learning more about an exciting career through the Alumni Board of Governors Career Externship Program. A partnership between Career Advancement and the Alumni Board of Governors, the ABG Externship Program gives undergraduates the opportunity to shadow alumni and other University affiliates at their place of work.

During winter and spring breaks, established UChicago alumni in diverse fields—including law, finance, the arts, government, social change/non-profits, consulting, journalism, business, science and technology, and medical research—provide externship opportunities that allow program participants to get a firsthand look at everyday life in a career field they are considering. Externs meet with their alumni sponsors for 1-5 days, gain a practical view of life in a given career field, and leave with a glimpse of what kinds of skills, knowledge, and capabilities will be necessary to succeed in that industry. Students interact closely with the alumni sponsor and their colleagues and are encouraged to ask questions throughout.

The ABG Externship Program can be an eye-opening encounter, allowing you to explore career choices and plan the next steps on your career path. If you’re interested in the program, be sure to review the FAQapplication procedures, the list of available externships, and testimonials from past participants.  

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

2013-2014 Program Dates

Winter Externships

December 16-20, 2013

Spring Externships

March 24-28, 2014


For more information about the Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program, please contact Dan Moore at

For Alumni:

If you are interested in hosting an extern, information is available for prospective hosts. Contact Dan Moore at for more details.

About the Alumni Board of Governors

The Alumni Board of Governors 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.