The University of Chicago is excited to offer its students the opportunity to work on short-term, paid, professional assignments with some of the world's most innovative companies.
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Career Launchers work on Micro-Internships while working on their degrees.
When you are launching your career, Micro-Metcalfs provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa). Oh, did we forget to mention that you get paid for all of this?
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Prospective employers see Career Launchers in action on short-term roles.
Regardless of your role, industry, or organization size, University of Chicago can help. If you want to expand your recruiting pool to access diverse talent with 21st century skills and the grit to succeed, Micro-Metcalfs make it easy. If you want to improve the effectiveness of your hiring efforts and lower the costs (and risks) associated with onboarding, no problem. If you just need some immediate help on projects because you or your team is overloaded, we’ve got you covered.
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Alumni have a new way to interact with current students while getting support on their professional tasks.
Micro-Metcalfs provide a new way for alumni to connect with current students. Give your time and expertise back to our community while showing students how their classroom experiences connect to careers.
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What Are Micro-Metcalfs?

As part of the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, Micro-Metcalfs are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Micro-Metcalfs take place year-round, are typically due between a few days and a few weeks after selecting a student, and require between 5 and 40 hours of work.


Micro-Metcalfs are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which handles all of the administration and support. 

How it Works

Creating an account takes under 5 minutes - with no additional paperwork required!
Post a project

Companies post paid projects
Career Launchers apply

Career Launchers apply
Review applicants

Companies choose from candidates
Build skills

Career Launchers gain work experience

Example Projects

Click through to view our library of completed Micro-Internship to get some ideas.

And remember, working on Micro-Metcalfs is a great way to build relationships with alumni. As graduates of the University of Chicago, these professionals are happy to share their advice, insights, and perspectives.

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