Make the Most of Your Job Search

The CDO encourages you to capitalize on your time as a student at Harris. In addition to scheduling an individual advising appointment to begin exploring career options, we recommend that you attend career development workshops, employer information sessions, and networking events. Review the resources and recommendations below to develop your action plan for finding your ideal job / internship.

Take the First Steps


  1. Complete your Profiles in your HarrisLink account and upload your resume.
  2. Meet with your CDO counselor for the CDO Intro Session  
  3. Order Chicago Harris Business Cards - MORE INFORMATION TO COME ON ODERING BUSINESS CARDS. Thanks for bearing with us. 

Plan Your Career Path

  1. Review the Career Development Guides and register for a CDO workshop for critical career information and guidance on preparing your application materials, conducting industry research, networking, executing a successful interview, and negotiating job offers
  2. Schedule an Individual Career Counseling session with a CDO Counselor in one of the following areas:
  3. Make career decisions, set goals, and create a personal action plan
  4. Create an Employer Tracking Spreadsheet to monitor job / internship opportunities, early application deadlines, career contacts, employer information, and professional organizations
  5. Use the Campus Resources Guide to identify opportunities to strengthen your skills and professional networks (part-time work, volunteering, unpaid internships, informational interviewing, certifications) as a UChicago graduate student

Expand Your Awareness of Career Options

  1. Review the weekly message from CDO that is sent on Sunday evenings via email.
  2. Establish a Vault.com account to search current jobs and internships, research a company, school or industry, find helpful career advice, and review best practices for crafting applications targeted at your career field of interest.
  3. Conduct employer research
  4. Register for Employer Information Sessions to learn about potential organizations of interest to you and network with recruiters
  5. Attend alumni career panels to explore career options in a variety of policy areas and sectors
  6. Monitor job postings in HarrisLink on a daily basis
  7. Establish a "search agent" in HarrisLink to target your job search to your specific interests 

Build Your Network

Networking is a life skill that includes utilizing the latest technologies and developing a strategic approach to the trajectory of your career. Our workshops, resources, and counselors are dedicated to helping you realize your true professional potential.

  1. Meet and network with students and faculty at Harris and throughout the University
  2. Become an active member in Harris Student Organizations related to your personal and/or professional interests
  3. Attend talks and presentations at Harris and around campus, and network with attendees and presenters
  4. Build a LinkedIn profile to research organizations and positions of interest to you, market your skills and accomplishments, and request informational interviews with industry professionals (update your profile at least twice a year)
  5. Take an active role in Harris and UChicago social media groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and learn more about using social media effectively in your career development
  6. Use the UChicago Alumni Directory (link is on HarrisLink homepage) to identify alumni working in your area(s) of interest and conduct informational interviews
  7. Keep in touch with former contacts from your undergraduate institution and past employers
  8. Participate in the Harris Mentor Program the the Dean of Students office to engage in a one-on-one relationship with a leading policy professional in your area of interest