Academic Year Opportunities

During the academic year, the Career Development team provides opportunities for students to gain and expand skills needed to pursue careers in politics and public service through internships, workshops, treks, and advising.

The Urban Policy and Research Program (UPReP), in partnership with the Urban Education Lab, funds internships for students at Chicago-based local, state, and federal government agencies. The IOP also provides paid internships for students to intern at the Institute, allowing students to work on initiatives, projects, and strategies crucial to the mission of the IOP.

Students are able to attend skills and career-based workshops throughout the year with politicians, journalists, government officials, policy experts, and others to learn about potential career paths after graduation and develop skills crucial to succeed in these fields. These workshops have been led by Michael Morell, the former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Roberta Jacobson, former United States Ambassador to Mexico, Jake Sullivan, former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, among others.

Every spring, the IOP leads a cohort of students to Washington, D.C. to meet with government officials, policymakers, journalists, and advocates to allow students to explore career opportunities in the nation’s capital, as well as network with professionals and alumni.

One-on-one advising helps students fine-tune resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, connect with alumni mentors, and discover internship and career opportunities of interest to them.
Students can sign up for office hours here.

Please contact Scott Davis, Program Coordinator of Career Development, at with any questions