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Internships, Job Shadowing, and Treks

After my second year here, I did a Metcalf Internship in D.C. as a felony one investigator for the public defender service there. That was a really wonderful opportunity to go to D.C. and do the sort of public service law I was interested in.
Adam R. - Economics and International Relations


Internships are a wonderful way to connect your academic or extracurricular interests with a career opportunity—or to explore an entirely new area of interest. They allow you to gain exposure to potential careers, develop professional work skills, and obtain a competitive advantage in your job search. Our Career Advancement advisers will help you begin your search early in the academic year, starting your first year, to ensure that you won’t miss any opportunities.

Through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, UChicago students have exclusive access to over 4,500 paid, substantive internships each year. Metcalf internships are available throughout the United States and in 85 cities around the world, including over 900 in Chicago alone. These internships span all fields, including business, government and public policy, international studies, research and education, and social change.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing, like internships, are a way to explore different career possibilities, expand your professional network, and gain first-hand experience in a field. Through the Job Shadowing Program, students are matched with companies for one-day to five-day internships in a variety of fields during winter, spring, and summer breaks. During that time, they shadow professionals in their places of work and use what they observe to revise and fine-tune their career plans.


Treks, which are offered through the Office of Career Advancement, take groups of 10-20 students around the world to meet face-to-face with alumni and leading employers in fields from the arts, to business, to public policy, to governmental work, and beyond. Treks take place in cities from Los Angeles to New York, and from Chicago to Austin, as well as around the globe.