Students with an interest in bettering our world find the University of Chicago’s rigorous liberal arts education and strong interdisciplinary programs to be excellent preparation for careers in the public and social service fields. Whether you gravitate toward community development, education, public policy, or politics, you will find a vast array of opportunities through the UChicago Careers in Public Policy and Service.
At the University of Chicago, the opportunities to make a difference are wide and varied for students interested in the fields of public and social service. The UChicago Careers in Public Policy and Service (UCIPPS) program guides students interested in careers in the nonprofit and government sectors. A noncompetitive program that students may join at any time throughout their College years, UCIPPS offers career exploration and skill-building workshops, internships and experiential learning opportunities, mentorship, and on-campus employer information sessions and recruitment.
Through its many relationships with industry experts, programs, and professional schools across the UChicago campus, UCIPPS provides resources customized to a student’s particular area of interest and academic background. While at UChicago, students gain essential writing, critical thinking, and research skills, which prepare them to excel in public and social service fields. Students who participate in the UCIPPS program have access to employer site visits, networking opportunities with alumni and professionals in the public and social service sectors, and a one-day trip to Washington DC to visit employers and alumni. In addition, each year students may apply for more than 300 paid social service internships and fellowships available through the College.