Networking Opportunities

Getting connected at networking events and via LinkedIn are excellent opportunities to learn about the diversity of career paths other CIR students have taken. Consider also attending some of the following events:

  • Career Workshop Series | Every quarter a series of career related workshops are presented to CIR students on relevant topics and trends that will prepare you for your job search. Topics include resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, LinkedIn, job search, and more.
  • Mentors-in-Residence | CIR invites alumni to campus as Mentors-in-Residence. The program enables alumni to spend a full day on campus supporting the career development of students in the alumni's field. Depending on the alumni's preferences the program may feature: small group workshops, individual office hours, a research lecture and a reception. Students will be able to register to participate in these programs throughout the year.
  • Alumni Symposium on Careers | Every year CIR hosts an alumni and career event known as the CIR Alumni Symposium on Careers.  It is the flagship alumni and career event and features alumni from across the country and from different industries. The program includes a series of TED-like talks and panel discussions in which alumni share critical career lessons they've learned and how the CIR degree has been relevant to their success. After the talks and discussion, the event concludes with a reception that allows students to talk with alumni one-on-one.

Career Related Services

In addition to our networking and career events, we also offer a full range of services: 

  • Career Advising |  One-on-one appointments can be limited at times.  Students are encouraged to utilize both UChicagoGRAD (Graduate Student Affairs) and our in-house Career Services.  To book an appointment with Shelly Robinson, please click here.  
  • Email Document Reviews | After attending the career workshop series on a given topic, Shelly can review a student's application documents one-on-one or by email. An application review takes a little more than an hour in most cases. Given the time constraints, students must submit their documents as Word files and include a link to the job posting and a deadline by which they need comments back. If the deadline cannot be accommodated students will be asked to prioritize their needs and briefer comments will be returned. Be early whenever possible.
  • Washington DC Careers Resume Exchange | The Chicago Resume Exchange is a professional development service that provides applicants to DC area organizations an opportunity to have their resumes reviewed by experienced alumni volunteers to ensure that their education, experience, and skills are presented professionally and effectively. If you have any questions about the Resume Exchange, please contact the Alumni Club’s Career Development Team at For more information and to submit applications for review see the DC Alumni Club's Website.


While CIR students have access to the program’s exclusive career services, we encourage them to participate in the newly developed programs and advising offered by UChicagoGRAD

UChicagoGRAD is the university’s career services dedicated to PhD and MA students.  They host informational and social events, mock interviews, and 1-on-1career advising. 

Graduate students can contact Daniel Spiess for more information. The University's Office of Career Advancement focuses solely on undergraduate students.