Whether students are seeking a short-term international 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 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 more than one hundred internships outside of the United States. Previous Metcalf interns have worked in a variety of countries, including Belgium, China, France, Greece, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Zambia. International Metcalf employers represent a diverse range of industries, including education, financial services, government, nonprofits, public policy, and many more. 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, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, and Zurich. Learn more about Treks »
Career Advancement offers a set of grants that fund student research projects and unpaid internship opportunities. The Jeff Metcalf Global Fellowship and the International Experience Grant are specifically designed to support summer professional opportunities for students outside of the United States. Students identify and secure their own internship and then apply for grant funding. Previous recipients of these grants have used their funding to pursue internships and summer research opportunities in countries across 5 continents, including Brazil, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Jordan, Rwanda, 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 on Chinese language, culture, and clean energy initiatives in China. Participating students travel as a group to Hangzhou, China, where they engage 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. To complement the program in Hangzhou, UChicago also organizes a Green Energy Conference in Beijing, where students learn about sustainability in China from representatives of renowned organizations such as China Electric Power Research Institute, The Paulson Institute, and UNDP China. The program ends in Shanghai with an Energy and Sustainability Trek, during which students visit industry-related organizations. Participants in the program are considered to be part of the Metcalf program and are 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.
Students can apply to the Summer 2020 program on UChicago Handshake. The application will open on January 3, 2020. For more information, please contact Eugene Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.