UChicago Public Interest Program

**To apply, please upload your resume to Handshake and complete the 2017 UCPIP Fellowship Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.**

Interested in a full-time public interest work experience? 

The UChicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP) offers one-year, post-graduation fellowships at non-profit, government, and for-profit agencies in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC. UCPIP seeks out placements, recruits students to apply, screens applications, and matches candidates to positions. Partner organizations include a wide array of interest areas such as education reform, non-profit consulting, public health, economic development, legal services, and public policy. The program also provides fellows with alumni mentors and professional development seminars throughout the year. 

Fellows are compensated at a minimum annual salary of $31,000 in Chicago, and $35,000 in New York City and Washington, DC, though some partner organizations pay more than the minimum salaries (for reference, the average salaries our partners offer in these cities are $33,500, $41,300, and $40,200, respectively). UCPIP Fellows join a community of like-minded peers, alumni, and organizations dedicated to public interest, and gain greater understanding of the ways in which they can commit themselves to public service throughout their lives.

Benefits of Participation

  • Meaningful public interest experience at a respected organization in Chicago, New York, or DC.
  • Mentorship to guide in career exploration for those undecided about a career.
  • Direct public interest work exposure for those in a gap year before graduate school. 
  • Professional development seminars highlighting a variety of public interest organizations and issues.
  • Networking opportunities at seminars with UChicago, Northwestern, and Princeton Fellows.

Application and Matching Timeline

  • Applications due:
    • November 27, 2016
    • January 4, 2017
  • Notification of candidacy: January 18, 2017
  • UCPIP interviews (if selected): February 4, 2017
  • Candidates notified of first match: February 13, 2017
  • Partner organization interviews: March 2017
  • Job offers made: April/May 2016

Information Sessions

(All information sessions will take place in Ida Noyes East Lounge)

  • Fourth Week: Tues, October 18, 5-6 PM
  • Sixth Week: Tues, November 1, 5-6 PM
  • Seventh Week: Mon, November 7, 5-6 PM
  • Eighth Week: Thurs, November 17, 12-1 PM
  • Ninth Week: Mon, November 21, 5-6 PM

*International students are eligible to apply. UCPIP does not sponsor work authorizations; Students with offers from a UCPIP partner organization should discuss work authorization with the employer directly.


Please contact Charlotte Franklin at cfranklin3@uchicago.edu with any questions.

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