Journalism, arts and media flourish at the University of Chicago. As part of Career Advancement, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM) provides essential professional development opportunities to help students launch successful careers in these fields. Internships, fellowships, employment opportunities, and alumni networks take UChicago students across the country and around the globe, allowing them to grow outside the classroom, develop as professionals, and pursue opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines. UCIJAM also sponsors collaborative experiences that allow students to learn and work with leading practitioners on projects that advance their creative and professional goals.
Students shouldn't have to choose between a great education—-being taught how to think—-and getting that practical experience during their undergraduate careers. I think that both can be accomplished and that UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media makes that happen.
-Crystal Carlson, AB '06, currently working in the documentary field
About the JAM Program
UCIJAM Program Director Benjamin Waltzer brings a wide range of professional experience to the role, and works closely with colleagues across the University, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and institutions and practitioners worldwide to build a network of opportunities for students. In advising appointments, students may receive help with developing a portfolio, preparing resumes, composing effective cover letters, and discussing how to use program resources to achieve their unique pre-professional goals. UCIJAM can also help students find and secure internships, grants, and employment in the fields of journalism, arts, and media.
UCIJAM hosts a variety of skill-building workshops throughout the year. Programs include panel discussions, lecture-demonstrations, and hands-on workshops with professionals in the fields of journalism, music, filmmaking, fine arts, arts entrepreneurship and beyond. Panelists include practicing artists, arts administrators, critics, curators, art historians, and entrepreneurs. Recent guests have included journalist Sarah Koenig of “Serial,” President and COO of FX Networks, Chuck Saftler, jazz drummer Matt Wilson, author Samuel G. Freedman, artist Simone Leigh, poet and journalist Ted Genoways and many more.
The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program is unique to the University of Chicago. It offers paid, substantive internships during the summer and the academic year exclusively to UChicago undergraduates. Each year, the Metcalf Program, in collaboration with UCIJAM offers over 200 opportunities to students. These internships take place at a variety of organizations around the world. Past Metcalf recipients have interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Republic, The Second City, ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg and Paramount Pictures.
JAMgrants are part of the Metcalf Program and can provide UChicago undergraduates with hands-on opportunities by supporting their work with professionals and small organizations that administer on-the-job mentoring and training in journalism, arts, and media. JAMgrants may support student work during the academic year in addition to the summer. JAMgrants have supported UChicago students’ work at Warner Brothers Records, LA Review of Books,the Guggenheim Museum, as well as opportunities to work with filmmakers, composers, graphic novelists and others.
UCIJAM students may visit local and national organizations in order to gain exposure to a wide variety of careers and workplaces. Several treks are available to students throughout the academic year to Chicago, London, LA and New York. Recent UCIJAM treks have taken students to organizations including the BBC, NBC, Bloomberg, Ogilvy, Industrial Toys Gaming, Paramount Pictures, Vice, Disney, A24 Pictures, FX, Showtime, and 20thCentury Fox Studios.
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Support the Program
UCIJAM is successful because of support from alumni and experienced professionals. Any amount of funding, time and engagement may help create programs that support undergraduates. There are many ways of getting involved in the program through workshops, apprenticeships, site visits, treks, hosting an intern or extern, and making a gift. If you are interested in any of these options or have ideas of your own, please contact Ben Waltzer, UCIJAM Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.