Starting with the Spring 2022 cycle, myCHOICE internships will be called externships moving forward. The program components remain the same, only the name is changing.

Experience: Externships

A key goal of the myCHOICE Experience programming is to provide real-world, practical experience in a specific career field. Externships, defined as “hands-on opportunities of limited duration (weeks to months),” are an important component of this training experience. myCHOICE is teaming with on- and off-campus partners to provide a diverse array of externships that will be announced as they become available. All myCHOICE externships are unpaid and part-time (10 hours per week), lasting approximately 10 weeks.

95% of myCHOICE externs report that the externship influenced their career trajectory.


Summer 2022 Externships

Applications cycle for summer is now CLOSED. Check back here for updates regarding fall quarter externships.

Finance, Consulting & Entrepreneurship/Commercialization
Grant Development, Research Support & Program Development
Science Writing & Communications

Instructions for Applying

  • myCHOICE externship applications are now accepted through a myCHOICE-specific Symplicity platform.
  • If you are a UChicago student, you should have received an email invitation from myCHOICE-Symplicity to join the new system. Follow the instructions on the email to complete your account.
  • If you are not a UChicago student or did not receive an email invitation, please Sign Up for a new account and email once you complete your application so we can approve the account.
  • Once in the system, you can apply for up to 3 myCHOICE externships and upload unique documents (resume & cover letter) for each. Further instructions can be found within the new myCHOICE-Symplicity interface. 
  • For any questions, email
  • After submitting the application, if the hosts are interested in interviewing you, you will hear back directly from them via email.
  • Submit an externship application HERE

Requirements & Expectations

  • All externships are unpaid, volunteer experiences intended to increase your awareness of a specific field or profession.
  • You agree to commit approximately 10 – 12 hours per week for one or more academic quarters.
  • Upon selection for an externship, you will collaborate with the host to complete an Externship Learning Agreement.
  • Applicants are encouraged to share their application materials with the myCHOICE Career Navigator (Mike Tessel) prior to applying for the externship by making an appointment HERE. These consulting appointments are restricted to University of Chicago graduate students and postdocs.
  • Division-specific requirements:
    • If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral scientist in the Biological Sciences Division, you must obtain permission from your PI and the relevant Dean of Students/Postdocs. Graduate students will be expected to register for the externship to earn course credit (50 units).
    • If you are a graduate student in the PME, you must obtain permission from your PI and the PME Dean of Students, and register for the externship.
    • If you are a graduate student in the PSD, you must obtain permission from your PI and your divisional Dean of Students.

Participating in an externship will help you to stand out
in the crowd of other job applicants.


Past myCHOICE Externships

These externships are not being offered at this time

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