Fried Public Policy and Service Program


Fried Public Policy & Service Program

The Fried Public Policy and Service Program is a non-selective program that welcomes all students who are interested in making an impact on the world through internships and beyond graduation. Students pursue careers in an incredibly broad range of fields, from work in non-profits, policy research, local and federal government, to the quickly evolving set of sectors in big data, corporate social responsibility, impact and non-profit consulting, and economic development.

Program advisers offer guidance and industry expertise to help students find and land public policy and service opportunities best suited to their skills and interests.

Scheduling an Appointment

Advising appointments are one-on-one meetings with an industry expert. Since both the job market and the materials you need to be successful are so different from other fields, these meetings can be used in a variety of ways. Make an appointment to have a strategic conversation about your career, prepare the best application materials possible, find resources to search for internships and jobs, or sharpen your interview skills.


The Fried Public Policy and Service Program assists students in identifying internship opportunities that help them build professional skills and industry expertise. Organizations that have hosted UChicago Students for internships include the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Forest Preserves of Cook County, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Africa Grant Advisors, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Juvenile Protective Association, Brookings Institute, and many others. Select internships are supported by a grant from the Hymen Milgrom Fellowship Program. 


Each week, the Fried Public Policy and Service Program sends an industry-specific list of internship and full-time opportunities, as well as events on campus to help you learn more about careers and activities in public policy and service. Sign up for the program listhost to get updates about upcoming programs and application deadlines.

Selective Tracks

To respond to students’ incredibly diverse interests, the Fried Public Policy and Service Program offers several selective programs, each designed to guide students in their career path, build their skills, and sharpen applications for internships and full-time jobs. Check them out in the tabs to the left!

Support Our Students

The continued support of alumni plays an integral role in the success of students involved in the Fried Public Policy and Service PRogram. We welcome employers to engage by speaking with students, joining career panels, hosting an intern or extern, or making a gift to the program. If you are interested in any of these options or would like to get involved in other ways, please contact Sylvia Atsalis, Program Director of the Fried Public Policy and Service Program, at

Meet the Team

Sylvia Atsalis, Ph.D
Program Director, Fried Public Policy and Service Program

Sylvia Atsalis is the Program Director of the Fried Public Policy and Service Program. As a trained ecologist specializing in primates with research experience in Madagascar, Asia and South America, she has a strong interest in environmental issues. Over time she became increasingly involved in building leadership capacity in countries that host primates, and in the process helped students develop the skills they needed to be effective leaders and conservationists. She has assisted in developing the professional skills of students from 14 different countries including the US.  These experiences, sometimes in a classroom, sometimes in a rainforest, have been instrumental in shaping the way she guides students to navigate their entry into professional life. She looks forward to supporting students as they explore their vision and mission in life, and to helping them find internships and jobs that will advance their professional goals. 

Alma Barragan-Corona
Assistant Director, Fried Public Policy and Service Program

Alma Barragan is one of the Assistant Directors on the Fried Public Policy and Service Program team.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Loyola University Chicago. During that time, she worked at Instituto Del Progreso Latino, a non-profit organization that she joined in her junior year of high school. She worked extensively with the Instituto to support its mission (and her own personal mission) of promoting community by preserving cultural identity and dignity. She was involved with Instituto Del Progreso Latino for over 9 years, and all her roles focused on coaching and guiding students of all ages to identify and pursue their career goals. She is committed to a life in social service and making an impact through nonprofit organizations.  She is extremely excited to engage with students and guide them as they explore their professional paths.