Internship Funding & Project Scope

Organizational Partners guarantee funding to support our students during their internships. By design, partners commit to a minimum wage paid directly to the student for the three-month experience. Internships last 10-12 weeks, depending on start date, but we anticipate internships running mid June through mid September.

Monies normally provided to interns by the Organizational Partner (e.g., higher wages, performance incentives, signing bonuses, per diems, living or temporary relocation stipends) will be paid by the organization directly to the student intern. 


2017 Organizational Partners

Off-Campus Opportunities
On-Campus Opportunities
Aptitive DSSG Summer Fellowship  
Compass LexECON BFI - OMSLab Summer Boot Camp
Hanover Research Knowledge Lab
IFF Research Computing Center
Leo Burnett Group - Personifi Center for Spacial Data Science
RTI  Urban Labs
Shapiro+Raj

Important Deadlines

Student applications open January 15 and close February 15. Final decisions will be made by organizational partners by March 15. International students should submit Curricular Practical Training (CPT) applications as soon as students accept an offer.


Course Registration

All graduate students participating in the Cooperative Education Internship Program will be required to enroll in a non-credit summer quarter field research course. Please work with your preceptor to ensure you are properly registered.

All students will register for MACS 95000, “Computation MA Internship,” for the duration of their internship. The course will appear on the transcript, and will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis, in consultation with the employer.


Additional Requirements for International Students

International students selected for these internships must receive employment authorization from the University's Office of International Affairs (OIA) before they begin working.

Eligible students in F-1 status may apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to receive employment authorization. Information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for CPT can be found on the OIA website.

Eligible students in J-1 status may apply for Academic Training to receive employment authorization. Information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for Academic Training can be found on the OIA website.

You must have a job offer, in writing, before the OIA can authorize your CPT or Academic Training. All students will register for MACS 95000, “Computation MA Internship,” for the duration of their internship. The course will appear on the transcript, and will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis, in consultation with the employer.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for employment authorization or the application process, you may contact the OIA at international-affairs@uchicago.edu or at 773. 702.7752.

Note: Students can apply for social security numbers once they have the I-20 showing approved CPT. You can apply for your SSN up to 30 days before the CPT start date printed on your I-20. See the OIA’s social security page for more information and application instructions.


Campus Contact

Shelly L. Robinson | Director of Career Services, Computational Social Science Shelly.Robinson@uchicago.edu | 773.834.1621