Career Resources

Upcoming PRISM Events

Do your plans for your glorious future include the possibility of getting a PhD or an MFA? Do you want to meet young writers and thinkers and get candid answers to pressing questions? Do you want to know what grad school is really like? Seven of the English department's kind and brilliant PhD students and candidates will be on hand to answer your questions.

Mark these dates on your calendars, and as always, drop me a line if you have any questions!

Your friendly neighborhood PRISM preceptor,
Bill Hutchison

Q&A Panel: So You Want a PhD!

Friday, February 16, 2:30-3:30 PM, Rosenwald 405

Q&A Panel: So You Want an MFA!

Friday, February 23, 3:00-4:00 PM, Midway 108

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 2017-2018 PRISM Preceptor in English is Bill Hutchinson (