Friday, November 30, 2012

How Can Career Advancement Help Me? by Michael Johnson

Pointers for students in the College from Career Advancement staff member Michael Johnson.

Jeff Metcalf Internship Program
Exclusively for University of Chicago undergraduates, the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program connects top employers with talented candidates for paid, substantive internships that support students’ professional development. Through the Metcalf Program, organizations recruit ambitious, intelligent UChicago interns with an unrivaled work ethic. Want to learn more? Come by and make an appointment to see one of our career counselors today!

An externship is an opportunity for first- and second-year students to shadow an alumnus or alumna in his or her place of work. Externships are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience and information about potential career paths, as well as to build your network. Past University of Chicago externs have gone on to intern in the same organization where they first shadowed an alum. The externship is also an excellent way to build up the “experience” section of your resume. Make sure to look at the Career Advancement website to find more information on our externship programs.

Career Exploration Treks are 1-3 day industry-specific field trips. They are a great way for you to meet with firms in a particular industry and interact face-to-face with employers, have your resumes evaluated, and potentially speak with employers about recruiting opportunities. Apply now for one of these treks and have the chance to spend two days visiting employers, networking with professionals and meeting students and alumni from participating universities. For more information, please visit Chicago Career Connection. Below are some upcoming trek opportunities.

Arts Trek to New York City
Feb 15-16

Business Trek to Minneapolis
Feb 15-16 (Mainly open to UCIB)

Business Trek to Detroit
Feb 15-16

Law and Journalism Trek in Chicago
Feb 15-16

Science and Technology Trek to Madison
Feb 15-16

Michael Johnson is a Senior Assistant Director at Career Advancement.