Careers, Internships, and Mentorships


MAPH offers a range of opportunities for thinking about careers both inside and outside the academy.  MAPH, in partnership with UChicagoGRAD, sponsors a number of career exploration events throughout the year, one-on-one career advising, resume and cover letter review sessions, alumni career events and a faculty panel on applying to PhD programs.  MAPH has a vibrant alumni network, listserv and a MAPH LinkedIn group which members use to network and to post job opportunities. In addition, students have the access to the full range of University of Chicago Alumni.

MAPH sponsors three key programs for career exploration, our paid summer internship program, the Torch Fellowship and our MAPH Mentor program.


Newberry LibraryMAPH partners annually with several Chicago cultural, non-profit and other institutions, providing funding for paid summer internships designed especially for graduates of the program. MAPH summer internships have included positions with the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Illinois Humanities Council's Odyssey Project, the Chicago Review, Opera Quarterly, the Chicago History Museum, the Center for Civic Reflection, the Newberry Library, the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago Public Radio, Colman Brohan Davis (a local ad agency), Browne & Miller (a local literary agency), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Merit School of Music

In addition, MAPH tracks and advertises to students a wide variety of external internships. The application process for the summer internship program is competitive, and is based on overall qualifications of students. MAPHers who wish to apply must review their resumes and cover letters with a MAPH or UChicagoGRAD Careers Advisor. For more perspectives, read the reflections of two MAPH alumni who held the Smart Museum and Chicago History Museum internships.

The Rafael Torch Service Fellowship

MAPH also offers the Rafael Torch Service Fellowship in which a student applies for and designs a paid summer internship with an organization dedicated to service. This offers one student each year the opportunity to create an internship with a service organization. Past Torch Fellows have worked with City Farm Chicago, Howard Brown Health Center and Unity Hospice.  In most cases the thesis work of the Torch Fellow aligned directly with the fellowship, allowing the fellow to explore a theoretical issue in a more immediate setting.  A student working on music theory  found herself making playlists for Alzheimer's and Dementia patients, listening to music and noting their responses.  



Every year, three MAPH graduates are hired for the following academic year to work as mentors in the MAPH program. The mentors spend half their time working as writing interns in the Humanities Core, gaining classroom experience and teaching first years students at the University. The other half of the time, they act as advisors for the current class of MAPH students, and help foster community by planning and executing a variety of social, cultural, and career events.

Because MAPH Mentors have just completed the program, they serve as invaluable advisors for current students. They help students pick courses, find thesis advisors, and write resumes. But at the same time, they can serve as a resource about social life at the University of Chicago and offer advice about culture in the broader city. The application process for the Mentor positions is extremely competitive, and takes place alongside spring applications for Internships. Current mentors are always available to discuss the position and offer advice about applying.