Internship Grants

To support students in reaching their career goals and help offset cost of living expenses during the internship experience, Career Advancement offers a limited pool of funding for unpaid, student-sourced opportunities in industries that traditionally do not offer intern compensation. Funding is provided through the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program.

In the past, UChicago students have secured highly competitive experiences that enhance their career development and future opportunities, making the Metcalf Grant a very competitive process.

The Grants Funding Guide helps students review the grants and funding opportunities across campus.

Eligibility

All currently enrolled, active undergraduates are eligible to apply for the Metcalf Fellowship Grant. Students’ self-sourced opportunity should demonstrate quality and depth of the experience.

  • Internship period: While limited amount of funding is available for academic year positions, applications for summer opportunities receive priority consideration.

  • Work structure: Internships can be remote, in-person, or hybrid. In-person opportunities receive priority consideration.

  • Guided experience: Students should have a direct supervisor who will provide ongoing support, coaching, and mentorship.

  • Length (Academic Year): students may work for a maximum of 20 hours a week per quarter.

    • Students working more than 20 hours a week during the academic year must submit a petition to the Dean of Students in the College.

    • If you expect to exceed 20 hours a week, please contact studentemployment@uchicago.edu

  • Length (Summer): a full-time experience during the summer is considered 320+ hours (or ~8+ weeks).

  • Stipend award: A standard stipend amount for a full-time experience is $4,000. Odyssey Scholars, merit scholarship recipients, and students from specialized career cohorts are eligible to receive $5,000 for a full-time, summer experience.

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Application

Below are different timelines for your application type. Your application should clearly describe your intended plans, showcase alignment to your specific learning/career goals, and draw connections between experiences. Our career advising team is happy to meet and help you prepare your materials: schedule a career advising appointment via Handshake.

By applying to this internship grant, you agree to follow the Student Recruiting Guidelines.

Summer 2024 Internships: Application Timeline

Cycle

Application Open

Application Closes

Decisions Released

Fall Quarter 2023 Cycle

September 18

October 27

November 6

Winter Quarter 2024 Cycle

January 8

February 16

March 1

Spring Quarter 2024 Cycle 1

March 11

April 5

April 19

Spring Quarter 2024 Cycle 2

April 8

May 10

May 24

Academic Year Internships: 2023-2024 Application Timeline

Academic Year Cycle

Application Opens

Application Closes

Decisions Released

Fall 2023

September 5

September 25

September 29

Winter 2024

December 4

January 2

January 5

Spring 2024

February 26

March 1

March 22

To ensure students can plan ahead, applications for academic year opportunities will be due just before the start of each quarter.

Metcalf Fellowship Grant:

Sample Internship Lengths and Award Ranges

Hours per Quarter

In-Person U.S. Internships

In-Person Internships Abroad

Remote Internships

0 - 100

$250 - $1,250

$300 - $1,500

$200 - $1,150

101 - 220

$1,500 - $2,750

$1,800 - $3,300

$1,400 - $2,650

221 - 320+

$3,000 - $4,000

$3,600 - $5,000

$2,900 - $4,000

For questions about the Metcalf Fellowship Grant, please contact metcalfgrant@uchicago.edu or Isiah Spears.

Odyssey Metcalf Fellowship:

Sample Internship Lengths and Award Ranges

Hours per Quarter

In-Person U.S. Internships

In-Person Internships Abroad

Remote Internships

0 - 100

$400 - $1,600

$500 - $1,700

$300 - $1,500

101 - 220

$1,900 - $3,500

$2,000 - $3,600

$1,800 - $3,000

221 - 320+

$3,800 - $5,000

$3,900 - $5,000

$3,600 - $5,000

Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant for Graduating Students Applying for Visas Post-Graduation

Career Advancement will offer a limited number of grants for undergraduates who will be graduating during the 2023-2024 academic year and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or work authorizations outside the U.S. following their graduation.

Grants will be used to offset the cost of living if students secure unpaid internships once their OPT or work authorization has started, enabling them to confidently accept unpaid internships and research opportunities that can give them more experience to build a bridge to their career.

Note: If you have already acquired funding for this role and/or have applied for funding through other sources, please disclose this in your application as we make every effort to provide equitable access for students. This includes any research scholarships, fellowships, and/or grants offered through Career Advancement, the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) and the Institute of Politics (IOP).

Career Advancement offers 2-3 cycles in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters for graduating students applying for OPT or work authorization.

Eligibility

  • You must be graduating during the 2023-2024 academic quarter in which you are applying

  • You must be eligible to apply for a post-graduation visa or OPT following your graduation

Application

Please review the application requirements on Handshake and apply here!

Autumn Quarter 2023 Cycle

Application Opens

Application Closes

Decisions Released

Autumn Cycle 1

September 22

October 8

October 18

Autumn Cycle 2

November 24

December 10

December 20

Winter Quarter 2024 Cycle

Application Opens

Application Closes

Decisions Released

Winter Cycle 1

January 12

January 28

February 7

Winter Cycle 2

February 2

February 18

February 28

Spring Quarter 2024 Cycle

Application Opens

Application Closes

Decisions Released

Spring Cycle 1

March 8

March 17

March 27

Spring Cycle 2

March 29

April 7

April 17

Spring Cycle 3

April 26

May 5

May 15

For questions about the Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant for Graduating Students Applying for Visas Post-Graduation, please contact Grace Beckman.


Grant Questions?

  • For questions about the Metcalf Fellowship Grant, please contact metcalfgrant@uchicago.edu.

  • For questions about the Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant for Graduating Students Applying for Visas Post-Graduation, please contact Grace Beckman at beckmang@uchicago.edu.