Internships and Externships


Internships are a wonderful way to connect academic and extracurricular experiences with professional opportunities. They allow students to gain exposure to potential careers, to develop professional work skills, and obtain a competitive advantage in the job search. 

Students should keep in mind that it is never too soon to start looking for an internship. By beginning the internship search early in the academic year, students can ensure that no potential opportunities are missed. It’s also a great idea to familiarize yourself with different industry recruiting timelines, as some recruit earlier than others in the academic year. We encourage you to schedule an appointment to meet with Career Advancement staff to help you identify internships and prepare strong application materials.

Career Advancement is proud to offer the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, which provides paid, substantive internships exclusively to UChicago students during the summer and the academic year.  All Metcalf internships are posted in UChicago Handshake, Career Advancement's online jobs database. Students should also frequently check UChicago Handshake for internship opportunities outside of the Metcalf Program.

Unpaid internships can also contribute to your professional development. Career Advancement partners with the College to offer a number of grants that help fund undergraduate research projects and internship opportunities that would otherwise be unpaid.

UChicago internships are supported in part by a grant from the Milgrom Community Service and Innovation Fellowship, an initiative of the University of Chicago funded by the Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization.

Job Shadowing 

A job shadowing opportunity is a chance to shadow an experienced professional in his or her place of work. Externships are an excellent way to find out more about a particular job or industry, to build a professional network, gain first-hand experience, and explore potential career paths. The Alumni Board Externship Program matches students in the College with alumni hosts in a variety of fields for one-to-five day externship experiences during winter and spring breaks. 

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 a green energy conference, field trips around China, and 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