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Finding a Job

This section hosts a variety of tools and resources that will be pivotal in your career preparation and planning journey. Please review the various ways that you can connect, engage, and become aware of the happenings in the Career and Leadership realm at the Crown Family School and beyond.

Alumni Portal

Students may visit the Alumni Contact Database to search and take advantage of the more than 1,000 recent Crown Family School graduates. Alumni are available for connecting and networking opportunities.

Job Boards

The Crown Family School Job Postings database is available to all Crown Family School students with a valid cNet ID. The Career and Leadership Development office posts all job listings received from employers, alumni, faculty, and campus partners seeking to hire. Both academic and nonacademic positions are posted on weekly basis.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world and provides networking opportunities and access to a variety of resources.

UChicago Grad

In addition to the services that the Crown Family School offers, students have access to UChicagoGRAD. It is a dedicated resource for graduate students and postdocs to receive personalized, flexible training to complement their academic pursuits, from fellowship and writing support, to career preparation and internships, to training in public speaking and networking. Visit the UChicago Grad website for more information to learn how you can utilize the many resources and career related happenings.

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources, students will also receive Weekly Communications to stay current on trends and happenings both internal and external to the Crown Family School. 

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. 

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 Family 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 Family 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.