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Journalism, Arts, and Media

The University of Chicago has a long–standing reputation as a place where creativity and the arts—visual, written, and auditory—converge and flourish. Vibrant curricular programs are complemented by opportunities to engage artistic and writing projects through academic coursework, extra–curricular activities, internships, fellowships, employment opportunities and alumni networks. These opportunities allow UChicago students to experience these fields in and outside of the classroom, and throughout the city, and to pave their own pathways toward careers in the arts, journalism, and media.

The UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media (UCIJAM) program brings together the resources highlighted above, as well as the expertise and knowledge of our Career Advancement staff and alumni networks. Faculty and arts leaders across campus work in partnership with the College and the office of Career Advancement to provide one–on–one advising, programs, and workshops for students interested in careers in these fields. UCIJAM provides students opportunities such as Jeff Metcalf Internships, Alumni Board of Governors Externships, and even the ability to search for and design their own arts, media, and journalism–related opportunities on and off campus

Exciting conversations that cross the intersections of theory, practice, and discipline are at the core of intellectual life at the University of Chicago. Continuing a proud tradition that has pioneered new disciplines and schools of thought, UChicago's highly regarded programs of study and innovative interdisciplinary workshops offer unparalleled opportunities for students, faculty, visiting artists, and lecturers to join the conversation. Degree–granting programs are available in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies, Music, Visual Arts, English Language & Literature, the Committee on Creative Writing, the Program on Poetry & Poetics, and in Theater & Performance Studies. In addition, interdisciplinary and area centers across the University offer a wide range of academic and research initiatives.

Past internship placements through UCIJAM have included opportunities at the Art Institute of Chicago, CNN, O—The Oprah Magazine, Sony Music Entertainment, and NPR. In addition, UCIJAM offers excellent workshops by professional artists, journalists, and media mavens, as well as fantastic networking opportunities such as “treks” to New York City, London, and Los Angeles to visit firms, companies, and artistic hubs. The University's new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled space for creative forces to work and come together in an academic or extracurricular setting. In addition,the UCIJAM adviser is able and willing to help guide students to graduate or professional school programs by teaching students more about application and selection processes.