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 a broad range of fields including non-profits, think tanks, local and federal government as well as with the quickly evolving sectors in big data, corporate social responsibility, impact and non-profit consulting, and economic development. For all these areas, program advisers offer guidance and industry expertise to help students identify public policy and service opportunities best suited to their skills and interests.

Scheduling an Appointment

Advising appointments are one-on-one meetings. Students can make an appointment to have a strategic conversation about their career, prepare the best application materials possible, find resources to search for internships and jobs, or sharpen their 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 Institution, 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. The newsletter also includes events on campus to help students 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

Responding to students’ diverse interests, the Fried Public Policy and Service Program offers several selective programs, each designed to guide students in their career path, help to build skills, and sharpen applications for internships and full-time jobs.

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. With a PhD in Anthropology specializing in primate ecology, Sylvia has research experience in Madagascar, Asia and South America and holds a strong interest in environmental issues. Over time she became increasingly involved in building leadership capacity in countries with fragile ecosystems, 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 teaching 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.