Career Services

Our in-house Career Services understands that careers take many different paths and strategically recommends a career management approach that addresses both the short- and long-term professional goals of students and prepares them for those many different paths. Our primary goal and mission is to support students from day one with the goal of implementing customized career strategies that meet their personal goals and continue to prepare them for transition well beyond graduation.

CIR Career Services is committed to providing timely and relevant information and resources for our students and alumni during their job search. For current students, we plan countless events and programming to make accessible the intricacies of career building—through networking opportunities with alumni, lectures and discussions with career guidance experts on campus, and master workshops with our Director of Career Services. For both current students and alumni who are searching for jobs, our Director of Career Services is available for one-on-one meetings to go over job search documents (resumes, cover letters, CVs, and writing samples), as well as to help guide the job search.

Shelly L. Robinson is our in-house director of career services and senior program development officer for CIR. She has over ten years in career development and higher education administration with the Purdue University system and the Keller Graduate School of Management. Additionally, her past experience includes over ten years in human resources, recruitment, and operations management with companies such as Enterprise Holdings, Vanguard Services, and WZVN Radio. A former president of the Career Development Professionals of Indiana, she remains involved in a variety of career-related organizations like the National Association of Colleges and Employers. She holds both a BA and MA in Communication from Purdue University, where she is finalizing her PhD in Organizational Communication with a research emphasis in career related issues. She has also taught courses in speech, career, and critical thinking. Her door is often open for walk-in appointments or schedule an appointment today.


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.