Career Development

Career Preparation

As you leverage your education into a successful career, you have the support and guidance of a variety of specialized career services. University-wide programming connects you to the tools and opportunities you need to develop enduring professional skills. Our graduate and professional schools, and many individual programs, provide services tailored to your industry of choice. In addition to on-campus career services, you’ll find lifelong support through our worldwide alumni network.

Career Development


UChicagoGRAD is home to the primary career services staff for students and postdocs in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences Divisions, as well as the Institute for Molecular Engineering and the Divinity School. They also offer assistance with funding opportunities, grant writing, dissertation support and completion, visiting scholar programs, academic publishing, and time and financial management.

Harris School of Public Policy

The Career Development Office (CDO) at Chicago Harris offers full-time professional career counselors who meet individually with students and alumni to provide supportive resume review and career counseling. The CDO also runs workshops throughout the year to assist students in their job search, and hosts on-campus recruiting events. They also maintain the Harris Link Database with postings of thousands of jobs, internships, and fellowships specifically for Chicago Harris students and alumni.

School of Social Service Administration (SSA)

One of the only such offices for graduate social work programs in the country, SSA's Career Services office hosts quarterly alumni career panels and student-alumni networking events and runs a Summer Shadow program allowing students to observe alumni in their workplace. An online jobs database and annual career fair provide students additional avenues for their job search, while an extensive alumni contact database helps students network or conduct informational interviews with alumni. One signature event is the annual Washington Week networking program for SSA students and alumni in Washington, DC.

Chicago Booth School of Business

One of the largest and highest-rated career service teams in the world, the Career Services office at Chicago Booth offers customized programming for full-time, executive, and evening and weekend MBA candidates, as well as ongoing services for students and alumni in all stages of their career and in all parts of the globe. Engaged alumni contribute to student programming and mentorship.

The Law School

The Office of Career Services offers on-campus interviews with approximately 600 employers, as well as programs, receptions, and events with public and private sector employers. They also maintain postings for more than 1,000 summer and permanent jobs.

Pritzker School of Medicine

Career Advising at Pritzker, or CAP, is incorporated throughout the medical education process. Students are assigned career advisors who provide one-on-one career mentoring, in addition to sessions throughout the year, and the program offers specific support for stages such as the residency match process.

Program-Specific Resources

Many other programs offer specific resources to their students. Some of these are listed here, and we encourage you to explore the websites of the programs you are considering:

Professional Development

In addition to those resources available through the divisions and schools, a variety of offices provide professional development support for graduate students.

Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT)

The CCT provides resources for improving your teaching skills, including pedagogy workshops, teaching consultations, and a certificate for teaching.

Student Counseling Service (SCS)

The Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP) offers assistance with time management, procrastination, and more through information on their website as well as workshops and groups.

IT Services and HR Services Training

Training in technology resources, professional writing, and presentation skills.

School of Social Service Administration Professional Development Program

Training sessions in nonprofit management and clinical topics provide continuing education credits to meet state licensing requirements, and as well as enhance your clinical skills.