UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM)


UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts & Media (UCIJAM)

Journalism, arts and media converge and flourish at the University of Chicago. Through the University of Chicago's strong liberal arts curriculum, and the new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, students pursue multiple interdisciplinary areas, even as they become experts in specific areas of interest. 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 apprenticeships that allow students to collaborate with local mentors 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

One-on-One Advising

UCIJAM provides students ready access to an experienced career counselor who works closely with colleagues across the University and the Logan Center for the Arts. At these appointments, students receive help with developing a portfolio, preparing resumes, and composing effective cover letters. UCIJAM can also help students find and secure internships, grants, and jobs in the fields of journalism, arts, and media. The UCIJAM Program Director, Benjamin Waltzer, brings a wide range of professional experiences to the role and provides expert advising to students across these fields.


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 media, journalism, entertainment, fine arts, and arts entrepreneurship. Panelists include practicing artists, arts administrators, critics, curators, art historians, and innovative entrepreneurs. Recent guests have included author Samuel G. Freedman, artist Simone Leigh, photojournalist Katja Heinemann, poet and journalist Ted Genoways, and the Director of the Chicago Film Office, Richard Moskal.

Metcalf Internships

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 100 opportunities to students. These internships take place at a variety of organizations around the world. Past recipients of Metcalfs have interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Republic, Second City, Details Magazine, CNN, Bloomberg, and Paramount Pictures, to name a few.


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 The Clinton Global Initiative, MixPak Records, LA Review of Books, and The Guggenheim Museum, working with poets, filmmakers, musicians, comic book artists and more.

Alumni Board of Governors Externship Program

Through the ABG Externship Program, first and second-year students spend spring break shadowing alumni in a wide range of fields, including writing, arts administration, and broadcast media.


UCIJAM students 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 covering various sites in Chicago, London, LA and New York. Recent UCIJAM treks have taken students to organizations including the BBC, NBC, Bloomberg, Ogilvy, American Express, Smalls Jazz Club, SuperExploder Studios, Industrial Toys Gaming, and Paramount Pictures.

Sign Up

Stay up to date on UCIJAM events, programs, and job/internship opportunities by joining the  listhost. To sign up  log into your UChicago Handshake account. Make sure to select UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media.

Support the Program

UCIJAM is successful because of support from alumni and experienced professionals. Any amount of time, funding, and involvement can help create programs that support undergraduate and graduate students. 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 waltzer@uchicago.edu.