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Career Advancement Updates and News for Fall 2013

Exciting things are happening in Career Advancement. Here is an update about what's happening and how UChicago is supporting the career development process of students across campus.

Career Advancement is in the midst of a very busy fall recruiting season. As the highlights below show, this is a great time for students to engage with Career Advancement, regardless of their year in school or their career interests. Industry-specific programs, as well as career exploration workshops, are available throughout the year.

Many parents and families contribute to these successful programs, and Career Advancement welcomes your participation in these programs at any time. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting the Metcalf Program and Externship Programs, hosting trek site visits or volunteering as expert speakers at our workshops throughout the year. For more details about any of these programs, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Marthe D. Golden
Director, Employer and Student Services/Communications and Outreach
Career Advancement
University of Chicago
Email: mdgolden@uchicago.edu

Employer and Student Participation in Fall Recruiting at an all-time high

This year’s fall recruiting season has been incredibly busy – and that is great news for UChicago students. Over 100 employers attended the fall Career Fair on October 3 and a record-breaking 1,000+ students connected with these employers throughout the day. Student participation at career and internships fairs has risen by a remarkable 25% this year, and earlier engagement with students continues to lead to high levels of student satisfaction and placement rates. You can read more about these efforts from the University’s news office.

This has also been a record year for on-campus information sessions and interviews. To date, over 65 organizations have come to campus to meet with UChicago students, and these companies have conducted over 550 first-round interviews with fourth-year students. This momentum will carry over into winter and spring quarters, as Career Advancement continues to work with graduating fourth-years. To view a list of some of Career Advancement’s top recruiting partners, click here [link to PDF of employer list].

Fall Treks Provide International Exposure

The beginning of fall quarter also featured three international treks – unique career exploration trips that expose students to employment opportunities around the world. This September Career Advancement offered two distinct treks to London – one focusing on business opportunities and the other focusing on journalism, arts and media. Business-focused students met with alumni and employer at financial leaders including American Express, Bank of England and Marathon Asset Management. Journalism, Arts and Media-focused students had the opportunity to meet with alumni and employers at the BBC, the Wallace Collection and Harper Collins Publishers.

In addition, the UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB) trek to Singapore introduced students to opportunities with Bloomberg, British Petroleum and Citigroup, among many others. Career Advancement treks take place throughout the academic year (always offered over student breaks) and upcoming winter and spring quarter trek sites include Beijing, Shangai, New York City, Austin, and Washington, D.C.

UChicago Careers In

The UChicago Careers In (UCI) programs continue to offer industry specific advising and resources to students. Fall updates include the hiring of the Klingensmith Director of the UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts and Media (UCIJAM) program. Program director Ben Waltzer will build networks, opportunities and programming for students interested in exploring careers in these fast-changing fields. Before coming to Chicago, Ben was the associate director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University where he taught jazz piano, directed ensembles and developed a performance-based course on the history of jazz improvisation in social context. Ben is a recording artist, a composer for commercials, television and film, and an arts and culture journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Tablet magazine, All About Jazz and elsewhere. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and attended the New England Conservatory of Music.

The UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service program has also announced the launch of a new, competitive track within the program. Organized in partnership with the UChicago Alumni Relations and Development office, the UCIPSS Philanthropy and Institutional Development program is a selective program for second-year undergraduates interested in pursuing a post-graduation career in philanthropy or development. Through internships, hands-on workshops, academic courses, and Treks, the program is designed to engage selected students over the course of three years to provide broad knowledge of the field during their first year in the program, a deeper foundation and experience during the second year, and mentorship opportunities during the final year.

College New Venture Challenge (CNVC)

The second annual CNVC kicked off on October 22 with nearly 100 students planning to compete in the undergraduate entrepreneurship competition. The CNVC is a collaboration between Career Advancement at the College and the Chicago Booth Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

In addition to opportunities to network, students heard from a panel of past participants. Moderated by Tom Ancona, Associate Director at the Polsky Center, the panel included Rho Kook Song (AB ’14) CEO of 2013 CNVC winner Freenters, Arnav Dalmia (AB ’13) CEO of 2013 CNVC runner-up FunPower, No’am Keesom (AB ‘ 13) co-founder of CNVC finalist Grassroots Biotech, and Chris Stavitsky (AB ’13) CEO of Vintage Campus. The panel encouraged the audience to take advantage of the resources available through the CNVC program including workshops, speakers and mentorship opportunities. Professor Robert Rosenberg, in a presentation on the entrepreneurial process, stressed the importance of having a diversity of opinions as ideas were tested and a diversity of skills in a startup team.

Commenting on the turnout for the event, Tom Ancona said, “It’s wonderful to see such sustained interest among undergraduates in entrepreneurship.”

Jerry Huang, Director of UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship, agreed. “It is great to see faces from last year mixing freely with all the new faces. As our community matures, it is amazing to see that things we used to be worried about students being able to accomplish, such as succinctly pitching an idea to their peers, are now things we can take for granted.”

This year’s CNVC Kickoff was sponsored by Elance, where businesses go to find, hire and collaborate with top online freelancers.

Metcalf Internship Recruitment

Metcalf Internship Recruitment is already underway, as the College prepares to place students in paid, substantive internships in organizations across the country and around the world. The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program was established in 1997 in honor of Harold “Jeff” Metcalf (AM ’53), who was Dean of Students at the Graduate School of Business from 1956 – 1975 and Director of Athletics from 1976 – 1981. In both of these roles, he was a mentor and friend to students and had a profoundly positive impact on their lives and careers. During the 2012 – 2013 academic year, Career Advancement placed over 850 students in Metcalf internships – in 2013 – 2014, the College aims to support over 1000 paid internships for undergraduates in the College.

Parents and families can support the Metcalf Program by connecting Career Advancement to organizations interested in our interns. If you or a member of your network is looking for talented college interns, please connect them to Career Advancement. Parent and family donors also support the program, with a $4000 gift providing full funding for a 10 week, full-time summer opportunity. Metcalf Internships are already posted and available for students to apply for, and all undergraduates are encouraged to work with Career Advancement to create competitive applications materials for these important summer opportunities.

Upcoming Programs

Career Advancement is also planning ahead for winter quarter and outreach to students is underway to save the date for these winter quarter programs, which will kick off in January:

Taking the Next Step: Saturday, January 11 – this College-sponsored networking event brings together second- and third-year students for a day of connections and career exploration with over 250 alumni. To view highlights from last year’s event, visit the College Programming Office's TNS Archive site.

Career Advancement Super Walk-Ins: Tuesday, January 14 – Career Advancement advisers will be available to meet with students from 12:00 – 4:00pm to discuss resumes, cover letters and summer plans. No appointment is necessary and students are encouraged to drop by throughout the day.

Steps to Success: Summer Strategies: Wednesday, January 15 – First-year students are encouraged to attend this “winter quarter kick-off” event, where they will network with upper-class students and begin making plans for the summer internship search. Dean of the College John W. Boyer will also attend this event to speak with students.

Summer Opportunities Fair: Wednesday, January 15 – Open to all undergraduate students, and offered in conjunction with Steps to Success, this internship fair features on- and off-campus programs that provide summer work experiences (especially great for first- and second-year students).

Spring Break Externship Deadline: Monday, January 27 – Spring Break Externships are job-shadowing opportunities that pair undergraduates with alumni working in a wide range of fields. Students spend 2 – 3 days during spring break learning more about an industry or company, and developing mentoring relationships with UChicago alumni. Parent and family extern hosts are also welcome. Please contact Career Advancement if you are interested in having a UChicago student shadow you in your organization.

Career Advancement is pleased to offer these programs and resources (and many more) to students throughout their time in the College. Students are also encouraged to schedule an advising appointment with Career Advancement’s dedicated advising staff – students can log into their Chicago Career Connection account via the Career Advancement homepage to access advising schedules, view a complete calendar of upcoming programs and events, and to search for internship and full-time opportunities.

Please also be sure to visit parents.uchicago.edu regularly, for the most up-to-date news from campus.