Micro-Metcalf Program

Part of UChicago’s flagship Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, the Micro-Metcalf Program provides UChicago students with unique opportunities to gain valuable professional experience outside the traditional internship cycle. Through micro-internships, students can learn and hone the skills that employers look for, build meaningful connections with organizations across the country, and get paid – all in your spare time.

What is a Micro-Internship?

Micro-internships are paid short-term projects posted by employers across a wide range of industries. Often, these projects require 20-40 hours of total work across 2-4 weeks and can be completed remotely. They are posted on a rolling basis, and can be applied to year-round.

What are the Benefits of a Micro-Internship?

Micro-Metcalfs are a great way to take advantage of spare time to set yourself up for success. By participating in a micro-internship, you can:

  • Learn and hone the skills employers look for when recruiting for internships and full-time positions

  • Explore new industries and potential career paths

  • Build tangible relationships with employers by demonstrating your skills and abilities in substantive projects – many employers use micro-internships as a way to connect with potential interns and full-time hires

Applying for Micro-Metcalfs Internships

To begin exploring Micro-Metcalf opportunities, start a profile. Creating a profile takes just a few minutes, and from there, it only takes a couple of clicks to apply to an opportunity! Please note that some projects are time-sensitive. In such cases, employers may expect their micro-intern(s) to begin working on the project less than one week from when they are selected. If you are selected for a micro-internship, you will receive an email packet that includes information on how to contact the employer so you can discuss a start date and begin work on the project.

Who is Eligible for Micro-Internships?

Micro-Metcalfs with off-campus employers are open to undergraduate students, including CPT-eligible international students. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for micro-internships, please visit the Office of International Affairs’ FAQ page for more information on the CPT approval process and contact the Office of International Affairs.


We’re here to help! You can contact the Micro-Metcalf team at micrometcalfs@uchicago.edu.