Whether students are seeking a short-term experience or a lifelong career abroad, Career Advancement can assist them with securing professional opportunities outside of the United States. In addition to personalized advising, Career Advancement offers several professional development programs that help students explore and prepare for working abroad, including the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, the Wanxiang Ambassador Fellows Program, career exploration “trek” site visits, and grants that fund living expenses for students completing unpaid internships outside of the United States. Students also have access to Going Global, a database of international job and internship opportunities that also provides country-specific advice on searching for jobs and preparing application materials. Learn more about working abroad »
Jeff Metcalf Internship Program
The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program provides paid, substantive internships exclusively to UChicago students. Each year, the Metcalf Program offers several internships outside of the United States. Previous Metcalf interns have worked in a variety of countries, including China, India, Japan, and Chile. International Metcalf employers represent a diverse range of industries, including education, financial services, government, nonprofits, and public policy. Learn more about Metcalfs »
Career Exploration Treks
Career exploration treks are one to three day field trips that give students the opportunity to visit industry-specific employers in a particular city or region. International treks allow students to experience another country’s work culture firsthand and familiarize themselves with professional opportunities in the area. Previous international trek destinations include Beijing, Cairo, Istanbul, London, Dubai, and Seoul. Learn more about Treks »
Career Advancement offers a set of grants that fund student research projects and unpaid internship opportunities. The International Experience Grant is specifically designed to support summer opportunities for students outside of the United States. Students identify and secure their own internship and then apply for grant funding. Previous International Experience Grant recipients have used their funding to pursue internships in countries across 6 continents, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, and Spain. Learn more about grants »
Wanxiang Ambassador Fellows Program
The Wanxiang Corporation and UChicago Career Advancement partner each year to offer a summer program that sends UChicago students to China for a pre-professional educational program focused Chinese language, culture, and clean energy initiatives in China. Participating students travel as a group to Hangzhou, China, where they participate in a six-week program that consists of classroom-based Chinese language, culture, and clean energy study as well as field trips around China and short site visits to green energy centers. Selected students will be responsible for completing a self-directed research paper, 6-7 pages in length, on a clean energy topic covered during the program. Students will also present their projects during a fall symposium held on campus. Participants in the program will be considered part of the Metcalf program and will be eligible for Metcalf programming. Students will be unpaid; however, expenses for visas, transportation to/from China, housing, most meals, and program-associated travel will be covered.
Applications for the Summer 2018 program will be due on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 11:55pm. Students will apply through their UChicago Handshake account: the link to the listing will be posted once applications have opened. For more information, please contact Chiara Montanari at firstname.lastname@example.org.