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April 27, 2020

The Micro-Metcalf Program Offers Students Another Option for Summer Internship Plans


The main quadrangle during the fall.

Oren Oppenheim / The Chicago Maroon

In an email to students on April 8, Dean of the College John Boyer highlighted the Micro-Metcalf Program, which allows students to work remotely with off-campus employers. Students are eligible to apply to these opportunities even if they have already applied for an on-campus project, Boyer wrote.

The University is collaborating with Parker Dewey, an organization that specializes in job placement, to offer college students and recent graduates the opportunity to complete short-term, paid, professional assignments.

Upon signing up for the Micro-Metcalf Program, students can tailor their profile by adding in their demographics, pertinent work skills, online availability, interests, hobbies, and any affiliations. Additionally, students can add previous work experience, education history, a résumé, curriculum vitae, and other documentation to their profile. More resources concerning résumé-building are available through the University of Chicago’s Career Resource Center.

After creating a profile, students can browse a variety of different micro-internships and apply to work directly with the company offering placement. On their website, Parker Dewey shares additional resources to help students craft their profile, create workplace skills, and provide professional resources to supplement micro-internships on their website.

Micro-internship applications can be organized by start date, application due date, on-site location, and remote access, making these opportunities ideal for students that do not have access to University resources. Similar to UChicago Handshake, Parker Dewey’s interface allows users to “favorite” potential internship opportunities.

Some of the most popular types of micro-internships listed on the Parker Dewey website involve content creation, data clean-up, and competitor prospecting, which the company says includes skills applicable to a wide range of post-graduate professions. Other categories of micro-internships listed include finance and accounting, sales and business development, human resources, strategy, marketing, research, and operations and support.

According to the University of Chicago Micro-Metcalf website, these micro-internships take place throughout the year. Micro-Metcalf assignments are typically due between a few days to weeks after selection and require between five and 40 hours of work per week. In addition to Micro-Metcalf internship opportunities, Boyer highlighted applications for internship funding, additional online coursework through LinkedIn Learning, and the University’s online mentoring platform. To search for open positions in the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, students can access a complete spreadsheet of openings that can be filtered by industry, location, and eligibility, or search for jobs labelled “2019–20 Metcalf” on Handshake.

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