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Metcalf FAQ

Applying for Metcalf Internships

How do I find and apply for Metcalf internships?

To search for Metcalf internships:

  • Log in to your UChicago Handshake account
  • Click "Jobs" 
  • Select "Filters"
  • In the dropdown menu, scroll down to "Labeled by Your School"
  • Select “2019-20 metcalf internship.”

Career Advancement publishes a weekly newsletter highlighting key Metcalf opportunities with upcoming deadlines, as well as a comprehensive spreadsheet with all available positions. You are encouraged to sign up for the newsletter here. 

Where can I download my unofficial transcript?

  • Log in to your myUChicago account
  • Click the dropdown icon on the "Academics" tab
  • Hover over "Academic Records"
  • Select "View Unofficial Transcript"
  • In the "Report Type" dropdown menu, select "Unofficial Transcript"
  • Click "View Report"
  • Save the document as a pdf
  • Log in to your UChicago Handshake account
  • Go to the listing for the job or internship you'd like to apply to
  • Click "Apply Now" on the righthand side of your screen
  • Upload the unofficial transcript with the rest of your materials

 

Eligibility for Metcalf Internships

Who is eligible to apply for Metcalf internships?

Metcalf internships are available to all current undergraduate students in the College. Individual internships may be restricted to certain types of students depending on the criteria set by the employer. To view hiring criteria for specific internships, please consult the job description in UChicago Handshake.

Can students studying abroad apply for Metcalf internships?

Metcalf opportunities are open to all undergraduate students in the College and thus students studying abroad are encouraged to apply for Metcalf internships. We encourage you to inform the employer that you will be studying abroad in your cover letter and any subsequent email exchanges and ask if they can accommodate a remote interview process. Please note that requests for video interviews are made at the discretion of the employer. In fact, some employers will only conduct in-person interviews. Please check individual postings in UChicago Handshake for details regarding study abroad student eligibility.

Can international students apply for Metcalf internships?

International students in the College are eligible to apply for many Metcalf internships. If an international student will be paid directly by the employer, the student must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization for this internship. If CPT is required, please click here or contact the Office of International Affairs at international-affairs@uchicago.edu for more information. CPT authorization must be obtained prior to the start of employment.

General Questions

How can I get help with my application materials or interview skills?

Career Advancement advisers are happy to provide personalized assistance with application materials or interviews. Students can make an appointment or stop by Ida Noyes Hall during walk-in hours for questions about applying for internships, including cover letter and resume reviews. Career Advancement also offers handouts on writing resumes and cover letters in the resume and interview toolkit.

 

You can also schedule an appointment with our Practice Interviewers to prepare for internship interviews. Practice interviewers can assist students with general behavioral interviews and specialized interviews (e.g., consulting case interviews). To schedule a practice interview, please call the Career Advancement front desk at 773-702-7040.

If I miss a deadline, can I submit my application materials late?

No applications will be accepted after the internship deadline.

How long should I take to decide whether to accept an internship offer or not?

Employers typically expect a response to an offer within one (1) week of the day the offer is made. Given the staggered deadlines of the Metcalf Program, you may receive an offer for an internship while you are still waiting to hear whether or not you were selected for another internship. We strongly encourage you to contact Career Advancement if this is the case.

 

Please note that reneging on an offer is grounds for permanent deactivation from on-campus recruiting.

Taxes (The University cannot provide individual tax advice - please consult a tax professional for questions about your specific tax situation)

Are Metcalf stipends taxable income?

Yes, Metcalf stipends are considered taxable income with only one exception (more details below). Students may or may not need to file a tax return depending on the total amount of income they received during the tax year of their internship. For more information on whether you need to file a tax return, please visit the Internal Revenue Service website

 

Students with a tax liability are responsible for reporting their Metcalf income on their U.S. tax return. Depending on the internship location and the student's state of residence, students may also be responsible for paying state or local income tax for their Metcalf stipend. For more information, please consult the appropriate state or local department of revenue (for example, the Illinois Department of Revenue).

 

Exception: The only students whose Metcalf payments are not subject to U.S. taxation are international students who meet both of the following criteria: (1) non-resident for tax purposes and (2) had a Metcalf internship that was outside of the United States. In this case, your Metcalf stipend is considered foreign-source income and is not subject to U.S. taxation. You may still be responsible for paying income tax to your destination country or home country. For more information on determining whether you are a resident or non-resident for tax purposes, please visit this page of the IRS website.

Will I receive a W-2 for my Metcalf stipend?

Students who were paid directly by their Metcalf employer will receive tax documentation from the employer.

 

Students who had a University-funded Metcalf internship AND received their payment as a lump-sum check will not receive a W-2 or any other tax form. This is considered taxable fellowship income rather than wage income. For more information on taxable fellowship income, please visit this page of the University's financial services website.

If I don't receive a W-2, how should I report my Metcalf stipend on my tax return?

If your Metcalf internship was funded by the University and paid with a lump-sum stipend, please consult the "Reporting Scholarship and Fellowship Grants" section of IRS publication 970 for instructions on how to report this on your tax return. 

What is an estimated tax payment?

If you have income where taxes are not taken out at the time you receive it (for example, nonqualified scholarships, stipends, University-paid student health premiums, and fellowship payments), you may be required to make quarterly estimated income tax payments to the IRS and State of Illinois. These are payments of the estimated income tax you owe on these sources of income, paid quarterly in advance of the date you file your personal income tax return. 

How do I know if I need to make an estimated tax payment?

Federal: You can make these determinations by completing the IRS 1040-ES form.  In general, if you are a domestic student or foreign resident alien for tax purposes and estimate that you will owe more than $1,000 in federal tax, you will need to make an estimated payment. Foreign nonresident aliens already have a federal withholding of 14% and should not be required to submit a federal estimated tax payment.

 

Illinois State: You can make these determinations by completing the Illinois IL-1040-ES form.  In general, if you are a domestic or foreign student and estimate that you will owe more than $500 in Illinois state income tax, you need to make an estimated payment. 

Where can I find more information on the tax implications of my Metcalf internship?

Information on making payments, payment mailing address, payment deadlines and making the estimated calculations can be found within the form and instructions on the IRS and Illinois State websites. Please note that if you are required to make estimated tax payments but fail to do so, or do so late, you may owe penalties in addition to the tax.

 

The University is providing this information to make you aware of your personal tax obligations.  The University cannot provide personal tax advice to individual students, but if you need help obtaining additional information, please contact Angie Gleghorn at gleghorn@uchicago.edu

 

Students with further questions are encouraged to consult with a tax professional.

What are some helpful websites I can visit?

For Domestic Students:

For International Students