The Office of Career and Leadership Development provides career and professional development programs for master’s and doctoral students, including skills-building workshops, individual career counseling, job-search strategies, an alumni contact database, and posting of jobs in the Chicago area.
Quarterly workshops provide students with the skills needed to develop efficient job-search strategies, to convey transferable skills, to write effective resumes and cover letters, and to learn sound interviewing techniques.
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To help provide networking opportunities, Career and Leadership Development offers a database of more than 1,000 recent graduates who have volunteered to be resources by offering advice and guidance to job-seekers. Several of these alumni also serve on quarterly career panels sponsored by Career and Leadership Development to discuss their transitions from school and their current career paths, as well as to offer advice to graduating students. Alumni and students also participate in a shadow program during the summer to provide one-on-one direct workplace experiences.
In order to better inform students about potential career paths, the Office of Career and Leadership Development sponsors an Employer Information Session series throughout the academic year. Employers representing the broad spectrum of post-graduate opportunities will join students for informal information sessions detailing the nature of the work performed by their organizations, how they may best fit our graduates, and what the organizations are seeking in successful candidate applications, as well as application information and contacts. Some of these employers will also conduct onsite interviews at the Crown School and subsequently hire graduating students.
Throughout the academic year, Career and Leadership Development will also alert students to several summer, year-long, and post-master’s internship and fellowship opportunities. In addition, we will host several information sessions with representatives of these organizations along with alumni who have been past recipients of these internships and fellowships.
During Spring break, students can participate in the Crown School’s Washington Week. This program brings together alumni in the Washington DC area with currently enrolled students. Often meeting at alumni work sites, students learn about careers in the public and non-profit sectors, as well as about careers in research, advocacy, lobbying, and program management.
Your career planning should begin the day you’re admitted to the Crown Family School. We have our own Office of Career Services—separate from UChicago Grad—that offers personalized student resources, training workshops and networking events like Washington Week. One of our most popular resources is the alumni contact database containing more that 1,000 recent Crown Family School graduates available for informational interviews. You should make an appointment with the Career Office soon after starting your program to begin the process of career planning.
A Crown Family School degree—and a Crown Family School student—is truly exceptional. Learn more about the AM degree—and how it's both equivalent and different from the MSW—and why Crown Family School grads succeed in a wide variety of roles in social work and social welfare administration and policy. We invite you and your organization to partner with us as a field education site or post a job for the Crown Family School community. The Crown Family School is currently ranked third among the graduate schools of social work in the United States.
Whether you’re a current student or potential employer, don’t hesitate to contact Kristen Reid Solomon, assistant dean of students, at 773.703.1424 or by email with any questions.