Career Advancement is here to assist students and alumni at all stages of their job search process.
A great first step is to schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Advancement adviser. Our staff can help you identify your skills, find positions that match your qualifications and interests, and craft top-notch application materials.
Career Advancement also offers several programs to connect students with full-time job opportunities.
Kimpton Fellows Program
Fourth-year students should consider applying to the Kimpton Fellows Program, which provides one-year, paid employment fellowships for recent College graduates. Kimpton Fellows benefit from substantive job opportunities with benefits and specialized professional development resources to help them thrive during their first year on the job.
On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)
Employers from a variety of industries visit campus to recruit for full-time positions. Students can engage employers at information sessions, coffee chats, career fairs, and on-campus interviews. Learn more about engaging employers on campus.
Recruiting Timelines by Industry
Below is an overview of when employers generally begin hiring students in particular industries. Individual organizations may have different timelines; for individualized advice, schedule an appointment to meet with a UChicago Careers in industry expert.
- To get a head start on consulting recruiting, students are encouraged to attend the Consulting Symposium event in Spring Quarter - consult with a business career adviser to learn more!
- Fall quarter is peak recruiting season for consulting internships and full-time opportunities with on-campus events, application deadlines, and interviews
- Applications begin opening over the summer with deadlines starting in September and continuing into October and November
- The Career Fair occurs Week 1 of the Fall Quarter and many top consulting firms attend each year
- Information sessions and on campus events begin Week 2 of the Fall Quarter and include top firms like: Accenture, Analysis Group, Bain, BCG, CIL Management Consultants, Cornerstone Research, Deloitte, EY-Parthenon, GEP, Kaufman Hall, L.E.K., McKinsey, Treacy & Company, Stax, and more
- Interviews will generally begin in October and continue into November
- First round interviews typically occur on campus
- Final rounds are a week or two after first rounds and are held in the firms’ offices
- Offers are typically extended within a few days to a few weeks of final round interviews
- Many large financial services firms prioritize third year internships as the pathway to full time offers – There are select opportunities for second and fourth years to also secure roles within these firms
- Depending on the function within financial services, recruiting activities for third year internships start as early as winter of your second year
- During the Winter Quarter of your second year, networking, on-campus events and in-office events begin, these activities will continue throughout the duration of the recruiting process
- Some banks will open applications as early as February or March, others open during the summer months
- Interviews for banks occur on a rolling basis, which means applications are reviewed and interviews are schedule as they come in – with that, we recommend applying once you are interview-ready, but as soon as possible to ensure ample opportunities are available
- All applications will require a resume and some will also require a cover letter and transcript
- Once your application is received, you may be invited to complete a one-way video interview; this can occur as quickly as the same day you submit your application materials
- First round interviews will begin within a few weeks of the application opening and occur until all positions are filled
- Superdays, or final round interviews, also occur on a rolling basis and can be anywhere from one week to a few months after your first round interview
- Offers are generally extended within a week of a completed superday
Government and Nonprofits
- Employers begin recruiting for full-time roles during Winter and Spring Quarter of fourth year
- Interviews typically take place during Spring Quarter of fourth year, and employers will usually make offers between April and June
- Some federal government positions (including the State Department, FBI, and CIA) require intensive background checks that can take several months to over a year to clear - students should plan their application timing accordingly
Journalism, Arts, and Media
- Journalism, arts, and media employers do not typically recruit on a fixed timeline: both job and internship opportunities are posted on a rolling basis throughout the year
- Major newspapers, however, tend to recruit interns in early fall
This timeline generally applies to major technology companies.
- In general, employers recruit for internships in late summer and early fall
- During the summer before your fourth year, employers begin recruiting for full-time roles and make return offers to third-year interns
- Employers visit campus to interview candidates for full-time jobs in October
- Students typically receive offers between September and November, with a November deadline to respond