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.
Spring Quarter 2024 Externships
The application cycle will open on January 31st and close on February 14th @ 11:59 pm.
If an externship host is interested in your application, they will reach out directly by email to schedule an interview. Externships will begin on the first day of Spring Quarter, March 18th, 2024.
Business Development & Consulting
- Biomedical Business Development — Chicago Biomedical Consortium
- Biotech Analyst — Burrows Consulting
- Business Partner Development — Chicago Biomedical Consortium
- Commercial Strategy — Element54 Therapeutics
- Research Consulting & Grant Development — InteliSpark, LLC
- Technology Diligence — SmartHealth Catalyzer
- iCorps — Polsky Center (Apply directly through Polsky by February 12th. This is not a myCHOICE externship.)
Communications, Media, Teaching & Outreach
- DEIJ Development and Science Communications — Chicago Biomedical Consortium
- Digital Content Specialist — UChicago PSD Office of Communications
- Documentary and Science Filmmaking — STAGE Lab
- Science Communications — Dean’s Office, Biological Sciences Division
- Science Instructor — STEM-Out Mexico & Clubes de Ciencia Mexico
- Science Theatre & Storytelling –STAGE Lab
- Science Writer — UChicago PSD Office of Communications
- Science Writing and Social Media — UChicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Data Science & Engineering
Grant Development, Research Support & Program Development
- Program Development & Alumni Engagement — myCHOICE
Requirements & Expectations
- All myCHOICE externships are unpaid, volunteer experiences intended to complement your research training and increase your awareness of a specific field or profession.
- You agree to commit approximately 10 – 12 hours per week for one academic quarter, unless a longer period of commitment is stated in the externship description.
- Upon selection for an externship, you will collaborate with the host to complete an Externship Learning Agreement within one week of the start of the externship.
- Division-specific requirements:
- If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral scientist in the Biological Sciences Division, you will need to obtain permission from your PI and the relevant Dean of Students/Postdocs prior to accepting an externship offer. Graduate students will be expected to register for the externship to earn course credit (50 units).
- If you are a graduate student in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, 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 Physical Sciences Division, you must obtain permission from your PI and your divisional Dean of Students.
- International Citizens: You must consult with an advisor in the Office of International Affairs prior to engaging in a myCHOICE externship.
- Masters Students: myCHOICE externships are designed for individuals who are pursuing or have already earned a PhD. Some externship hosts are open to hosting students from masters programs, while many are specifically seeking PhD students. Read the externship description closely.
Instructions for Applying
- myCHOICE externship applications are collected through the myCHOICE-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 send an email email@example.com once you have completed your registration so that we can expedite approval of your account.
- Once in the system, click “Externships & Treks” in the upper right header. All open externships will be listed in alpha order according to the name of the externship (not the host name).
- You may apply for up to 3 myCHOICE externships and will be able to upload unique documents (resume & cover letter) for each. Further instructions can be found within the myCHOICE-Symplicity interface.
- Please note the qualifications that externship hosts have included in their descriptions.
- For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Before Submitting Your Application
- Prior to submitting your application materials, applicants are encouraged to share their cover letters and resumes with myCHOICE Career Navigator, Amy Hark, Assistant Director UChicagoGRAD (by making an appointment HERE) or the career development advisor for graduate students or postdocs in their unit. These consulting appointments are restricted to University of Chicago graduate students and postdocs.
- Permission from your PI and dean of students will be required to participate in an externship. We strongly advise you to initiate these conversations before you apply.
- If you are an international citizen, consult with your advisor at the Office of International Affairs regarding paperwork and permissions required to participate in a specific externship. Policies may be different dependent on the externship, your visa status, whether you are a student or a postdoc, and with which division you are affiliated.
Proceeding with an Externship
- If you are offered an externship and choose to accept it, you will then be responsible for obtaining written permission from both your PI and your dean of students and submitting those materials to myCHOICE. myCHOICE will send an email to confirm their approval.
- If you are a UChicago graduate student in the Biological Sciences Division or Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, you will be expected to register for the externship using a course number that will be provided to you by myCHOICE.
- If you are an international postdoc, you must consult with OIA before accepting an externship offer. International students are typically on F1 visas and will need to apply for and receive CPT approval from OIA; this should happen before the start of the quarter. Students on other classes of visa, or recent alumni, should consult with OIA (please visit the OIA website for more details). The CPT approval process requires a CPT employment letter from your externship host (a template is provided online) as well as a Faculty member CPT recommendation form (for BSD students the faculty member is Vicky Prince; email@example.com).
- If you and your host choose to extend the period of your externship beyond the original period of commitment, you will need to:
- Submit a short progress report focusing on work that has been completed and a timeline for further work.
- Obtain letters of permission from both your PI and your dean, indicating that they understand that you will be extending the externship.
- If you are a student, you should continue to register for the externship during each quarter.
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:
- Academic Conference Planning — Microbiome Centers Conference
- Application Development for Medical Device Value Chain Platform — ConnectSx
- Arboretum Management — The Morton Arboretum
- Biotech Consulting — LifeSci Consulting
- Blogging Science — UChicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Development
- Blogging Science Unsealed — Illinois Science Council
- Bioinformatics Curriculum Design in Higher Education — Graham School for Continuing Studies
- Biological Sciences Consultant — John Crerar Library
- Biotechnology Equity Research — Aspire Capital Partners, LLC
- Biotechnology Investment Analyst — Lincoln Park Capital Fund
- Business Plan Development & Due Diligence — ConnectSx
- Clinical Informatics Intern — Center for Data Intensive Science
- Clinical Trial Coordination — Institute for Translational Medicine
- Clinical Trials Marketing — Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Cloud Software Development — Rhaeos
- Communications Landscape Analysis — The Morton Arboretum
- Computational Cancer Research — Tempus
- Content Specialist — UChicago Corporate Engagement Office
- Connecting Core Facility Technologies with Research Applications — Office of Shared Research Facilities
- Data Science Educational Outreach & Protocols — Center for Data Intensive Science
- Data Quality Assurance — Center for Data Intensive Science
- Development of User Tools for Cancer Data Models — Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
- Digital Media — Chicago Immunoengineering Innovation Center (CIIC-PME)
- Digital Media Analytics — Illinois Science Council
- Digital Outreach Internship — Center for Data Intensive Science
- Diverse & Inclusive Biotech Pipeline Development — P33
- Education Program Coordinator — Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Electron Microscopy Skills & Core Management — Advanced EM Facility
- Engagement & Communications Externship — The North American 3Rs Collaborative
- Entrepreneurship & Research Commercialization — Polsky Center I-Corps Program
- Healthcare Analyst— Flow-Fx LLC
- Healthcare Analyst: Osteomyelitis Treatment — Flow-Fx LLC
- Healthcare Analyst: Osteoporotic Fracture Fixation — Flow-Fx LLC
- Industry Research Strategy & Business Development — Synlogic
- Industry Strategy & Business Development — Chicago Quantum Exchange
- Life Sciences Equity Research — Driehaus Capital
- Marketing & Communications — Arete
- Marketing & Operations — Polsky Accelerator (LabRepo)
- Medical Device Market Investigations Extern — ACT Medical
- Medical Director/Strategist — The Bloc
- Operations & Science Writing — Portal Innovations
- Orange Grove Bio Fellows Program — Orange Grove Bio *NOTE: This is a full year externship. All others are one quarter.
- Program Outreach: QuSTEAM — STAGE Lab
- Project Coordinator — Arete
- Project Development & Grantsmanship — Center for Research Informatics
- R&D Research Operations — Discovery Partners Institute
- Research Analyst — Boxer Capital
- Research and Image Analysis — The Morton Arboretum
- Research: Conservation and Sustainability— The Morton Arboretum
- Research Development Support — UChicago Office of Research
- Science Communication — Chicago Biomedical Consortium
- Science Communications — Institute for Translational Medicine
- Science Communications — UChicago Tech Transfer Office
- Science Communication & Digital Engagement — C2ST
- Science Communications & Digital Marketing — Taconic Biosciences
- Science Communications — UChicago BSD Dean’s Office, Communications
- Science Communications — UChicago BSD Dean’s Office (Autumn 2023)
- Science Explainer Content Development — UChicago Office of Central Communications
- Scientific Operations & Strategy — Taconic Biosciences
- Science & Social Justice — Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs & Diversity and Inclusion
- Science Writing & Digital Media — UChicago Physical Sciences Division Communications Office
- Science Writer — UChicago Department of Computer Science
- Scientific Writing & Grant Development — UChicago Research Computing Center
- Software Development — Center for Translational Data Science
- Software Product Management Intern — Center for Translational Data Science
- Strategy and Operational Development — Chicago Quantum Exchange
- Strategic Planning & Infrastructure Development — Chicago Quantum Exchange
- University Administration — UChicago BSD, Office of the Dean
- Venture Fellowship — Portal Innovations, LLC
- Venture Operations & Commercial Assessments — Portal Innovations, LLC
- Wearable Sensor UI/UX — Rhaeos