IOP Summer Internship Program FAQs

Where can I find out about available internships?

All available internships will be posted in the IOP weekly student newsletter (sent out on Thursdays) beginning in January. Internship listings can also be found on our website.

How do I apply for an internship?

Undergraduate students: Positions will be posted on Handshake. You will be able to view the posting and submit your application on Handshake. Graduate students: Positions will be posted on GRAD Gargoyle. You will be able to view the posting and submit your application on GRAD Gargoyle.

Who can apply for internships?

Internships are offered to undergraduate students and graduates student, depending on the position. Eligibility will be clearly marked in the internship listing.

What do I need to apply for an internship?

It depends! All internships will require a resume and a cover letter. In addition, some applications may require a writing sample and/or references. The internship posting will clearly outline all of the documents needed to apply for the position.

Who should I address my cover letter to?

Since the IOP does not make the employer’s contact information available, please address your cover letter to either the “IOP Career Development Team” or “To Whom It May Concern”.

What should a writing sample include?

For internships we offer that require a writing sample, you should provide an example of your best written work. A 3-4 page excerpt from a paper you’ve written for class or something you’ve published or produced for another job/internship works well. Unless otherwise indicated, the subject matter of the sample does not have to be relevant to the position.

Do I get paid for an internship? How much?

Domestic internships through the IOP are funded at $4,000 for the summer, and international internships are funded at $5,000.

How long do internships last?

Internships last 10 weeks during the summer.

I submitted my application. Now what?

Once the deadline passes, all applications will be sent to the employer for review. if they are interested in interviewing you, they will contact you directly. Once they select an intern and the student accepts, we will send an e-mail to all applicants letting them know. If you haven’t heard anything, you can assume you’re still being considered. We ask employers to interview students and make decisions within the first two to three weeks of receiving the applicant packets.

Where have students interned in the past?

You can find a complete list of past IOP internships here.

I am international student. Am I still eligible for these internships?

Yes! All of our internships are open to international students unless otherwise indicated.

I am graduating in June. Am I still eligible for summer internships?

Congratulations, and yes! Students are eligible for internships in the quarter following their graduation.

What should I do if I find an internship on my own?

The IOP also provides a small number of stipends to students who find public service internships on their own. The application process for these stipends begins in March, and the first deadline is May 1st.

Who should I talk to if I have more questions?

Please contact Scott Davis, Program Coordinator of Career Development, ant dsdavis@uchicago.ed