Stay tuned for exciting events throughout the year, designed to prepare you for the next step in your professional career.  The University of Chicago Divinity School, along with the resources of the University of Chicago, are at your disposal as you plan for your future. 

The Dean of Students publishes a weekly newsletter, filled with information on employment opportunities, fellowships, professionalization events, as well as key events sponsored by UChicagoGrad and other units throughout the University.  

It's never too early to start planning your future!

The Career Services events and resources of the Divinity School and UChicagoGrad are designed to help you discern your interests and talents, and work with you to map a path toward your future career.  From careers in the academy to public policy, from secondary school teaching, non-profit management, law, business – take time to consider what you want to do and how you will get there.  The journey begins now – step by step.

Eat. Teach. Talk. Run!

Thursday, December 3rd, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Weiboldt 310D/E

REGISTER HERE (Pre-registration is not required, so feel free to bring friends the day of!  We are just trying to get a sense of how much food to order.) EAT:  banh mi sandwiches and spring rolls! TEACH:  Hear 4-minute flashtalks on new ideas in teaching presented by other grad students. TALK:  Consider – in small groups – which of the ideas presented deserves the “best idea” award RUN:  Return to Lab/Library/Classroom! ** If you’re interested in presenting an effective teaching strategy at Eat. Teach. Talk. Run! please contact Chandani Patel at **


Meet the US Department of State and Peace Corps: Recruiting Session
Friday, December 4, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, Stuart 102

Join UChicagoGRAD for a discussion with representatives from The State Department and from The Peace Corps about careers at these two institutions (common destinations for graduate and postdoctoral candidates) and about careers in international service more broadly. We will be joined by Rok Teasley, Peace Corps Recruiter for Chicago and Robert Neus, Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, representing the State Department. Question and Answer will follow a moderated conversation with A-J Aronstein, Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations. REGISTER NOW.

Who is this event for? This event is for graduate students and postdocs across disciplines interested in careers at the State Department or in the Peace Corps; or those who are interested in service careers in government more generally. 
What are the goals of the event? The event aims to connect students directly to recruiting contacts at the US Department of State and Peace Corps, providing specific information on applying at these two institutions. It will also aim to foster conversation about international careers in government more generally.


Conference Prep Workshop
December 7, 8, 9, Regenstein Library

To help reduce last minute, anxiety-ridden conference preparations, the Writing Program and UChicagoGRAD present the Conference Prep Workshop. Scheduled just before many of the large academic conferences, the Conference Prep Workshop is a 3-day, intensive workshop that will help conference attendees write effective papers, present them stylishly, and network efficiently. Over the first two days of the program, attendees will be given time to write and revise drafts.  During these days, the Writing Program will lead focused workshop activities, and provide tools for effective revision strategies. Graduate student and postdoc who participate in the first two days of the program are expected to have a paper accepted at an upcoming conference, and can be at any stage of the writing process, but we encourage them to have some drafted materials in advance of the event. On the final day, UChicagoGRAD staff will lead a workshop for ALL graduate students and postdocs on presenting papers, managing Q&A, and networking. Learn more and register here.

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Past Events

A sampling of past events....look for updates throughout the 2015-16 academic year!


This 60 minute presentation and Q/A session will introduce students in the Islamic Studies workshop to trends in academic, government, nonprofit, and corporate job markets. We’ll discuss resources available to doctoral and master’s students through Graduate Student Affairs; offer comments on how to articulate graduate student skills for diverse careers; and answer your questions about how to take next steps as a graduate student to prepare yourself for what comes after the University of Chicago. 

Questions? Feel free to send them to AJ Aronstein, Associate Director of Graduate Career Development (

As always, pizza and drinks will be provided.

Syllabus Workshop

Learn how to design college courses in religious studies, using your own course design for the workshop.

  • PhD Skills Identification and Alumni Panel
    • Learn how to translate your PhD education into many non-academic professions.  Share with PhD alumni who are successfully pursuing careers beyond the academy.
  • "Mock"  AAR interviews 
    • Have a conference interview scheduled at the AAR/SBL? Practice your interviewing skills with a faculty panel, and learn as you watch fellow students in their own mock interviews.
  • Divinity School Career Night .
    • Learn how your Divinity School education can translate to a number of career opportunities.  Ask questions of Divinity School alumni who are pursuing a wide range of professions.  Open to students in all degree programs.
  • MDiv Skills Identification and Alumni panel 
    • Learn how your MDiv education and skills can be leveraged toward a variety of professions, including emergent forms of ministry.  Hear from MDvi alumni who are pursuing careers in ministry, non-profit management, social justice and many other fields.
  • PhD Practice Job Talks
    • PhD students deliver their lectures in preparation for on-campus interviews before a group of faculty and students.  The format is intentionally structured according to the anticipated campus visit.  The lecturers will receive feedback on their lecture content, delivery, handouts/slides, and their handling of questions and discussion.