Graduate Student Externships
Graduate Student Externships are a chance for Master’s and PhD students in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences to shadow a graduate alum at their place of work. Students get to meet graduate alumni and get a sense of the kind of stimulating and rewarding career paths that exist for those with advanced degrees outside of academia. The emphasis of the program is exploratory. Students are encouraged to apply to any externship that interests them, even if they have no prior experience in that industry. All that is required is a strong interest in learning more about working in that field.
Benefits of the Program
Meet Graduate Alumni Working in a Wide Range of Fields
As an extern, you will have the opportunity to talk with your host about the following:
- How did they decide to pursue a career outside of academia?
- How did they make the transition from graduate school to the workplace?
- How did they frame their skills and knowledge to prospective employers?
- What are the employment options for a newly-minted MA, MS, or PhD in that career field?
- What kind of career trajectories exist for advanced degree graduates in that field?
- How can students use their time remaining in graduate school to prepare for employment in that field?
Learn About Career Field Options
There are many employment options open to individuals with academic graduate degrees. This is your chance to learn about some of them and to get an inside look at what the day-to-day work life is like in a career field that interests you.
Meeting and talking with people in your prospective career field is a crucial part of any job search process, especially when changing career tracks. Through an externship you can meet an industry expert with a similar educational background and begin to develop a professional network that may pave the way to your future career.
Externships Available in Summer 2013
Externships will take place over the summer quarter on a date agreed upon by you and your host. Although most opportunities will be in the Chicago-land and surrounding areas, a select number of non-local positions will be available with a stipend to offset travel costs. Additional information about each opportunity will be posted on Chicago Career Connection.
- Access Community Health Network
- Affinity 95
- Alden Global Capital
- American Theological Library Association
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Asian-American Institute
- Aurora University
- BBVA Securities LLC
- BelzleyBathurst Attorneys
- Blackpine Private Equity Partners
- BMO Capital Markets
- Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
- Carnegie Mellon
- Chicago Architectural Foundation
- Chinese American Service League
- Colorado School of Mines
- Conifer Research
- Dauphin Island Sea Lab
- Exceptional Children's Foundation
- First Solar
- Forum Studio
- Genesis Clinical Services
- Getty Research Institute
- Gogo, Inc. (startup)
- Gray Talent Group
- Hellerman Baretz Communications
- Human Practice
- Hyde Park Art Center
- IIT School of Design
- Institute of Politics, University of Chicago
- Iron Financial
- Kroc Institute for Peace Studies
- Leave No Veteran Behind
- McDonald's Corporation
- Morgan Stanley
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Museum of Science and Industry
- National Science Foundation
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital (social work)
- Ounce of Prevention
- Progressive Public Affairs
- Purgatory Pie Press
- Regional Transportation Authority
- Scrappers Film Group
- The Corporation for Interest Rate Management
- The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
- TradeForecaster Global Markets LLC
- University of Chicago Alumni Relations
- Urban Education Institute
- US EPA
- Whalehaven Group of Funds