A Wide Range of Careers

Graduates of the program enter or return to a wide range of careers for which the MA is increasingly the entry-level degree. Such careers include policy analysts, research associates, consultants, writers, government service employees (domestic and abroad), administrators and more in public and private sectors. In addition to our in-house Career Services, we offer a national network of CIR and UChicago alumni, in concert with the University’s graduate student affairs division known as UChicagoGRAD and our Alumni Relations and Development team to enthusiastically assist current students in identifying career possibilities and securing challenging positions.

One of the greatest benefits to interdisciplinary study is the ability to customize learning and possible career trajectories based on the interests of the individual. For that very reason, there is great diversity in the types of positions, organizations, and industries where CIR graduates have accepted offers.  

A Sample of Hiring Organizations

Professional Associations Association of Academic Health Centers, Association of Danish Lawyers and Economists, Swedish Trade Council, American Society of Safety Engineers
International Non-Governmental Agencies

OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Human Rights Watch (Metcalf Fellowship), United Nations, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Transparency International Korea, Institute for Humane Studies (Humane Studies Fellowship)

Domestic Non-Profit Organizations and Foundations Ashoka's Changemakers, ASHOKA (Innovative Learning Initiative Fellow), Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Community & Economic Development Association, Museum of Science and Industry, National Science Foundation, Opportunity International (microfinance), Social Science Research Council, StartingBloc (Social Innovation Fellow), Witness for Peace, National Safety Council
Research / Think Tanks The Advisory Board Company, Cato Institute, The Streit Council for a Union of Democracies (Mayme and Herb Frank Fund Research Fellow), The Atlantic Council, The Barthwell Group, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Institutions for Fragile States Initiative, Princeton University, Center for Strategic and International Studies, US-ASEAN Business Council, Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control
Government (Federal, State, Municipal) Department of Defense -- OSD Policy, Department of Homeland Security, Foreign Service, US Department of State, Government Accountability Office, Military Sealift Command, US Navy, The US Air Force, Nuclear and Strategic Deterrence Directorate (Presidential Management Fellow), United States Army,United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Department of Defense, HUD (Presidential Management Fellow), The US Air Force, Nuclear and Strategic Deterrence Directorate (Presidential Management Fellow), US Department of Commerce (Presidential Management Fellow), Consul for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy, Civil Affairs Office, US Treasury Department, Voice of America (Presidential Management Fellow), State of Michigan Budget Office, Russian Federation (Boren Fellow), Office of the Governor of Illinois (James H. Dunn Fellow)
Law and Finance

Brown, White & Newhouse LLP, Law Offices of Harvey Silvergate, Morgan Stanley, OCBC Bank, First Investment Bank, Union Bank and Trust

Journalism, Publishing and Media Organizations CQ Press, Crain's Chicago Business, Grant Writer, Access Living, KNOW/Alaska Radio, McGraw-Hill Publishing, TechCrunch, The National Interest
Private Sector / Consulting Abraxas Corporation (IT Consulting for the national security community), Alphasights, Aon (risk management, human capital consulting), Booz Allen Hamilton, Botho Advisory Group (international, sustainable investment), Business Monitor International (country risk analysis, industry reports, etc.), Creative Associates International (international development consulting), Deloitte Consulting, Edleman, Euromonitor, FTI Consulting, Ingenix (healthcare sector innovation and consulting), JDM & Associates (medical liability and insurance), Katzenbach Partners LLC (management consulting, now owned by Booz & Company), LinkIt! (K-12 educational consulting), McKinsey and Company (management consulting), McMaster-Carr Supply Company (distribution of industrial products), Momentum MedCom (communications for medical sector firms), Movitas (mobile marketing platform), Orbitz (travel industry), Palantir (data analysis gov't and finance), Procter and Gamble (consumer products manufacturer), UnitedHealth Group (healthcare sector), Red Arch Solutions (military & security consulting), RTI International (research and consulting for health and pharmaceuticals sectors), RLG International (workforce and business process improvement consulting), Schering-Plough Corp., Sears Holding Company, Strategic Consulting Group (political and campaign consulting), Symbiotics SA (microfinance sector), TACT Management Consulting, Target Corp (retail sector), UnitedHealth Group, Walton Thomas International (recruiting), Washington CORE Research and Consulting, Witt/Keiffer Executive Search Firm, The Freedonia Group