Public and Social Service

UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service

UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service 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 list host 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).

One-on-one Counseling & Coaching with a Program Adviser

Students are encouraged to schedule as many appointments with UCIPSS advisers as they would like during their time on campus. One-on-one advising sessions are tailored to students’ individual interests and can include any of the following topics:

  • Resume, cover letter, personal statement, and/or writing sample review
  • Exploring opportunities for summer and academic-year opportunities including internships, fellowships, and scholarships
  • Exploring long-term career paths and plans
  • Learning how to do an informational interview and how to network with professors, alumni, and other professionals in the field(s)
  • Mock interviews

Skill-building Workshops & Events

UCIPSS hosts a variety of workshops and events throughout the year that are tailored to students’ needs and interests. Often interactive, they provide the framework for finding and applying for internships, fellowships, and jobs. By participating in UCIPSS workshops and events, you can:

  • Learn about potential careers available in the broad fields within public and social service
  • Develop the job search skills to find and land relevant opportunities
  • Build awareness of the hard and soft skills employers seek for both internships and full-time jobs and how a student can go about acquiring these skill

Treks

See first-hand what places of work are like, the positions that members of the staff hold, and what their career paths have been. Groups of students have gone to Washington DC over Spring Break, to Springfield, Illinois in March, and have visited Chicago-based ganizations throughout the year. Employers we have visited 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

Students involved in UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service could not succeed without the support of alumni and experienced professionals. If you are an employer or practitioner in any public service fields, including community service, advocacy, public or social policy, government, international development, corporate social responsibility, consulting for government or non-profits, or related fields, please consider getting involved through participating in a career panel, hosting an intern or extern, or donating to the program. If you are interested in any of these options or would like to get involved in other ways, please e-mail Nora Feely, Program Director of UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service, at nkf@uchicago.edu.