Career Resources


Planning Resources and Involvement for Students in the Majors (or PRISM) aims to support the educational goals of the College. The English Department is one of thirteen majors that PRISM serves. The PRISM program addresses four major goals of a liberal arts education, particularly at a research university:

  • Building a departmental, intellectual home for undergraduate majors
  • Increasing student awareness of career resources and services
  • Helping students understand and articulate the skills and knowledge gained through their liberal arts education that make them highly employable
  • Providing effective career counseling

Students wanting to know more about the PRISM program should contact the PRISM Graduate Student Preceptor. The PRISM Preceptor for 2019-20 is TBD.

A list of upcoming PRISM events can be found under the Undergraduate Program Events tab.

Career Advancement

Some English majors go on to graduate school or to teach English in other academic or nonacademic settings. Others choose from the wide variety of careers available to them. Career Advancement (CA) provides support and programming to University of Chicago students and alumni. CA helps students prepare for entering the job market through a variety of services, programs, and resources. The office also strives to provide job and internship opportunities in a variety of fields and to promote University of Chicago talent to a wide range of employers and institutions. CA has also worked with students, alumni, parents, and employers to build, maintain, and access the University of Chicago's dynamic global employment network.

Grants and Career Advising

  • PRISM Research Grants offer undergraduate students the funding to develop independent academic research projects. Students must develop a research proposal, which stresses not only the personal interest of the student, but how the project is linked to their academic and career interests.

  • The Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant gives three students the opportunity to spend 8-10 weeks during the summer exploring how they can connect their academic passions with a professional occupation. The three students selected as Seidel Scholars will each receive a $4000 stipend for a career-related, individual project.

A graduate student preceptor is available to meet with students one-on-one to discuss grant applications, graduate school, and other career-related questions or projects. The 2018-2019 PRISM Preceptor in English is Bill Hutchinson (