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University of Chicago CAPS Graduate Student Externship Program, Application Deadline February 25

CAPS Graduate Student Externship Program

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Graduate Student Externships are a chance for Master’s and PhD students in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences to shadow a graduate alum at their place of work. These externships give students an opportunity to meet advanced degree alumni and get a sense of the kind of stimulating and rewarding career paths that exist outside of academe.  The emphasis of the program is exploratory.  Students are encouraged to apply to any externship that interests them, even if they have no prior experience in that industry. All that is required is a strong interest in learning more about working in that field.

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Benefits of the Program

Meet Alumni Who Pursued a Career Outside of Academe

Externs will have the chance to talk with their host about the following:

  • How did they decide to pursue a post-academic career?
  • How did they make the transition from academia to the “real world”?
  • How did they frame their skills and knowledge to prospective employers?
  • What are the employment options for a newly-minted MA, MS, or PhD in that career field?
  • What kind of career trajectories exist for advanced degree graduates in that field?
  • How can students use their time remaining in graduate school to prepare for employment in that field?
Learn About a Post-Academic Career Field

There are many employment options open to individuals with academic graduate degrees.  This is your chance to learn about some of them and to get an inside look at what the day-to-day work life is like in a career field that interests you.


Meeting and talking with people in your prospective career field is a crucial part of any job search process, especially when changing career tracks. This externship gives students a chance to meet someone with a similar educational background who has experience working in the student’s desired industry.

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Available Externships

Externships are located in Chicago or the surrounding area and take place over Spring Break or in the Summer Quarter.  Additional information about each opportunity is posted on Chicago Career Connection.  Note: Opportunities for Biological and Physical Sciences will be available in late February.

Humanities and Divinity

  • Aon Corporation
  • Aurora University
  • Cook County Circuit Court
  • Doculabs
  • Hyde Park Art Center
  • The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
  • Morningstar, Inc.
  • NeighborSpace
  • Open Books
  • Project on Civic Reflection
  • Soliant Consulting
  • Story Club
  • TimeOut Chicago

Social Sciences

  • Conifer Research
  • Chapin Hall Center for Children
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Chicago Metropolis 2020
  • DMI
  • Ernst & Young
  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • MacArthur Foundation, Program on Community and Economic Development
  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Prevent Blindness America
  • Project Exploration
  • University HealthSystem Consortium
  • US EPA
  • US GSA, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings

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To apply for a CAPS Grad Externship, you need to log in to Chicago Career Connection.  Instructions can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Sevener at

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