Public and Social Service

UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service

UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service (UCIPSS) provides support for students interested in pursuing careers in non-profit, policy, government, and related public and social service sectors. UCIPSS provides programming available to all students in the College in the forms of one-on-one counseling, skill-building workshops, events, and treks.  UCIPSS also supports three selective programs: UCIPSS Scholars for fourth years, the Philanthropy and Institutional Development trek for first through fourth years, and The UChicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP) for recent graduates of the College.

Twice per week, UCIPSS sends listhost e-mails that include relevant job, internship, and fellowship opportunities with upcoming deadlines as well as upcoming events to attend. To sign up for the listhost, log in to your Chicago Career Connection (CCC) account. Under your Profile, click the Academic tab, then select UChicago Careers In (UCI) Program Sign-up (Undergraduates): UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service (UCIPSS).

Advising

Students are encouraged to take advantage of appointments with UCIPSS advisers. The UCIPSS appointments feature one-on-one advising sessions and are tailored to students’ individual interests. The appointments can include any of the following:

 

  • A review of resumes, cover letters, personal statements, and/or writing samples
  • A discussion of summer and academic-year opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and scholarships
  • An exploration of long-term career paths and plans
  • A practice session on networking and conducting informational interviews with professors, alumni, and other professionals in the field(s)
  • A mock interview

Skill-building Workshops & Events

UCIPSS hosts a variety of programs throughout the year that tailor to students’ needs and interests. Often interactive, the programs provide the framework for securing internships, fellowships, and jobs. By participating in UCIPSS programs, students can:

  • Explore careers available in the fields of public and social service
  • Develop job-search skills to find and secure opportunities
  • Build awareness of the qualifications that employers seek in potential employees

Treks

Career Advancement Treks are an excellent way for students to get first-hand experience in the workplace. Treks afford students the opportunity to experience professional environments, network with staff, and explore a spectrum of career paths. Groups of students visit regions across the country. Recent UCIPSS treks include Washington DC over Spring Break, Springfield, Illinois in March, and Chicago-based organizations throughout the year. Specific visits include the White House, FBI, Senator Durbin’s offices, Brookings Institute, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie, Representative (now Alderman) Will Burns, Civic Consulting Alliance, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

We have been fortunate to work with Metcalf interns in the Mayor’s office, and they have made a strong contribution to the important work we are doing at City Hall. The Metcalf Internship program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real world work experience that will help shape their future careers, while having an impact on organizations around the city. This is a terrific program, and we look forward to continuing to work with Metcalf interns and contributing to their personal and professional development.

—Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Funding for Select Internships

For students who obtain an internship in the Mayor’s Office, the National Immigrant Justice Center, or the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, UCIPSS may provide a $500 grant per quarter worked. There is a limited number of allocations per quarter, so please place your requests as early in the quarter as possible. To register for this funding, please send an email to Nora Feely at nkf@uchicago.edu along with confirmation of your employment with the host organization. If the internship is not completed, the grant will be prorated and the remaining amount must be returned to the University.

Support the Program

The continued support of alumni plays an integral role in the success of students involved in UCIPSS. We encourage employers of all public service fields to consider engaging in this process. Our most common contributors come from organizations in community service, advocacy, public/social policy, government, international development, corporate social responsibility, government consultation, and other related fields. We welcome employers to engage by joining in career panels, hosting of 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 Nora Feely, Program Director of UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service, at nkf@uchicago.edu.