Internships & Career Development

The IOP's internship programs provide opportunities for UChicago students to pursue substantive, career-oriented internships in politics, policymaking, and other public service fields. Every IOP internship is paid, which allows all students to take advantage of these exciting opportunities. 

During the academic year and over the summer, the IOP offers more than 300 internships around the world, from Washington, D.C. to Beijing. The IOP funds domestic internships at $4,000 each, while students with international internships receive a $5,000 stipend. In recent years, students have interned at the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office, the American Enterprise Institute, and ABC News, among many other organizations. The IOP also allows both undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a $2,000 stipend to support a substantive summer internship they have secured on their own. Students do not need to have a politically-focused field of study to apply for an internship.

For students interning in Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C., the IOP augments students’ work experiences through supplemental programs, speakers and site visits that highlight the wide range of careers available to them in public service and politics. The IOP also provides career development opportunities for students; these include career advising, career guides for fields within politics and public service, alumni mentoring opportunities, and access to job and internship opportunities.

During the academic year, the IOP leads the Urban Policy and Research Program (UPReP) for undergraduate and graduate students. In partnership with the UChicago Urban Labs, UPReP offers students paid, substantive research and policy internships at local government agencies, enabling these students to apply their rigorous academic training to urban challenges. The IOP also provides 10 in-house internships during the school year, which give students the opportunity to work closely with IOP staff to facilitate operations and programming, playing a central role in supporting the IOP’s many activities and events.

Please contact Karnika Iyengar, Director of Career Development, at karnika@uchicago.edu with any questions about the IOP Internships Program.

Support for the IOP Internship Program comes from alumni, parents, family, and friends of the IOP, including:

  • Alphawood Foundation
  • The Clinton Family Fund
  • Marc and Gail Fenton
  • Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
  • Irving Harris Foundation
  • Emily Nicklin Public Interest Internship Fund
  • The Stanley Barnett Internship Fund
  • The Savas Family Internship Fund
  • Winograd IOP Internship Fund