THRIVE Collective is a collaboration with UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion, Student Counseling Services and Student Support Services to provide emotional wellness workshops to help students thrive during adverse times and encourage utilization of university resources.

Past workshops have included topics such as impostor syndrome and cultivating unconditional self-worth. Our next workshop, facilitated by Khanh Nghiem, will focus on the importance of self-care. These workshop are just one of the tools available for stress and mental health management. Student Counseling Services has a large number of services available for mental health, wellness, and medical services. Additionally, our other partner, Student Support Services has a hallmark program to support students facing food insecurity. Please join us for our next session (see info below).

Upcoming Workshop Opportunity

THRIVE Workshop: Self-Care to Increase Productivity and Resiliency
Wednesday, February 5th, 12 PM-1:30 PM, 5710 S. Woodlawn
Students in a highly competitive environment, such as UChicago may feel intense pressure to succeed even at the cost of our well-being. We might sacrifice sleep, skip meals, or withdraw socially to work harder and get more done. Underrepresented minority students are especially impacted. When we stop caring for ourselves we often struggle to keep up with our work, engage with our friends and family in the way that we would like, and have a fulfilling life. Join us in this workshop to learn more about ways to care for ourselves in an active, empowering way to increase productivity and resiliency. FREE LUNCH PROVIDED. RSVP required via GRAD Gargoyle

Student Legal Advice Services

The Graduate Council provides attorney office hours to eligible, full-time graduate and professional students in the University of Chicago for advice and consultation regarding legal matters and to make referrals for students who seek legal representation. Olivia Long, JD’09, will provide office hours through Graduate Council at no additional charge to students.

The attorney is able to advise students on a wide variety legal issues, see below for a list of common topics. The attorney will not consult on issues relating to the University of Chicago; other University of Chicago students, faculty, staff, other academic appointees, or postdoctoral researchers; or University of Chicago student organizations. Title IX issues will not be handled by the attorney and should be directed to the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support.  Immigration-related matters should be directed to the University’s Office of International Affairs. At her discretion, the attorney may decline to provide legal consultation due to a conflict of interest.


All currently enrolled, full-time University of Chicago graduate and professional students who pay the Student Services Fee as part of their registration status are eligible to receive legal consultation. Graduate Council is funded in part through the Student Services Fee. Students enrolled full-time, but not charged the Student Services Fee are not eligible. Students are eligible for one thirty-minute appointment per legal issue, as the attorney’s time allows.


  • Office Hours will be held at UChicagoGRAD on the third floor of the University Bookstore at 970 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637

  • Office Hours will be 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM on the second Monday and third Thursday of each month

  • Appointments scheduled in advance are highly recommended and can be made online through GRAD Gargoyle

  • The attorney will not do consultations by telephone or via email

Common issues

The following list is a non-exclusive list of legal issues addressed by the attorney. The attorney will not consult on issues relating to the University of Chicago; other University of Chicago students, faculty, staff, other academic appointees, or postdoctoral researchers; or University of Chicago student organizations.

  • Landlord/tenant issues including lease and sublease review

  • Municipal ordinance violations

  • False identification matters

  • Criminal issues

  • Credit and debt issues

  • Contracts

  • Domestic issues

  • Dissolution of marriage

  • Automobile accidents

  • Probate

  • Employment contracts

  • Parking/Traffic violations

  • Litigation

  • Personal injury

  • Business formation

  • Consumer rights issues

NOTE: Communications made between a student client and the attorney will be protected under attorney-client confidentiality rules in accordance with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.  If a student’s matter requires further legal assistance, upon request, the attorney can assist the student in locating an attorney suitable to the student’s needs.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider an Internship in Graduate School

January is a great time to start thinking about summer internships, as many internship application cycles open this time of year. The right internship can have a lot to offer you as a graduate student. These short-term, hands-on experiences are a great way to explore potential career paths by trying out a role, organization, or industry. Internships can also be a strategic way to build the experience and connections needed to launch your career.

UChicagoGRAD’s GRAD Global Impact (GGI) “Pitch” internship program is one of the many internship programs with a winter application cycle. The pitch program allows UChicago graduate students to work with organizations of their choice to create custom, self-directed summer internship projects. Students then apply to receive $6,000 in funding from UChicagoGRAD to support their projects. UChicagoGRAD will be hosting information sessions about the pitch program on January 15 and 16, 2020. For more information on the program, please click here.

Still uncertain about whether an internship is right for you? Consider the unique benefits that graduate-level internships provide:

  1. You will have opportunities to use your academic training to make a broader impact. Unlike undergraduate internships that focus more on building general skills, graduate-level internships are typically project-based experiences that allow you to apply your theoretical knowledge to professional settings. An anthropologist could use their ethnographic training to design studies to help a company become more inclusive; an art historian could utilize their understanding of visual arts to assist with independent film production; or a linguist’s knowledge of multiple languages could help a publishing house translate their texts and grow their readership. At the end of any graduate-level internship, you will have used your academic skillset to contribute meaningfully to your host organization.
  2. You can become a better researcher/scholar. Are you hesitant about doing an internship because you think it will distract from your research? An internship can actually help you develop your research skills and expertise. Consider looking for internships that build upon the methodological or analytical skills that you are already developing via your disciplinary training. For example, if your research involves work with archives, an internship at a local research library or records repository might help you hone your archival research skills. Internships can also be a valuable way to understand the broader implications of your research, which might in turn affect how you pursue that research in the future. Finally, internships can deepen your expertise in a specific field of study. Whether you intern at a think tank, scientific institute, or museum, you can learn from and network with experts to gain new perspective on your work.
  3. You will build transferable professional skills. Employers representing over twenty industries recently created a list of key competencies of career readiness. These competencies include critical thinking, communication, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, and professionalism. Sometimes defined as “soft skills,” these professional skills are highly valued in many fields. Academic training helps you develop some of these competencies, but perhaps not all of them. Internships afford you excellent opportunities to round out your skillset. For instance, academic research can be independent, rather than collaborative, in nature. However, most careers outside of academia require you to work with a team of individuals with various strengths. The collaboration and teamwork experience you gain during an internship will help you show employers that you can work well with others at their organization.
  4. You will make yourself more attractive to a variety of future employers. Whether you currently plan to pursue careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, or government, you likely understand the benefits of having more than one viable option available to you upon graduation. While some internships lead to full-time job offers with host organizations, almost allinternships put you in a better position for attracting future employers. Having graduate-level internship experience on your resume signals a few important things to employers:(1) you have learned and applied skills that are relevant to their sector; (2) you have experience working and interacting in an (often team-based) environment that resembles most workplaces; and (3) you have—unlike some of your peers—put legitimate effort into branching out beyond your academic research.
  5. You will have opportunities to build your network. Internships are an easy way to establish valuable relationships with professionals in your field. You canmake excellent use of your internship time by conducting internal networking at your host organization. Introduce yourself to people you do not know by the water cooler and ask to learn more about their work over coffee. You can also ask your supervisor to introduce you to coworkers in other departments. And, of course, you can build relationships with your fellow interns. Even after finishing your internship, you can stay in touch with your new connections and perhaps be the first to know when your ideal job comes open. These kinds of professional connections can be an important source of support for everything from career advice to job recommendations in the years to come.

Winter Quarter Preview

Check out what’s happening at UChicagoGRAD this quarter!

Please note: dates and times are subject to change

For more details and to register, please visit GRAD Gargoyle


  • Wednesday, January 8 – Academic Job Market #1: Interviewing for Faculty Positions, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 9 – DDRA Fellowship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 2-3pm
  • Tuesday, January 14 – Academic Job Market #2: International Academe, GRAD HQ, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday, January 15 – Academic Job Market #3: Preparing for Campus Visits, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 15 – Point Foundation Scholarship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 1:30-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 15 – GRAD Global Impact “Pitch” Internship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 4-5pm
  • Thursday, January 16 – GRAD Global Impact “Pitch” Internship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm 
  • Thursday, January 16 – DDRA Fellowship Writing Workshop #1, Fellowships Table, 1-3pm
  • Thursday, January 16 – FLAS Fellowship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Friday, January 17 — LA Trek for Humanities PhDs Info Session, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1pm
  • Friday, January 17 – Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Graduate FellowshipInfo Session, GRAD HQ, 1-2pm
  • Friday, January 17 – Quarterly Postdoc Workshop: Transferable Skills, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 21 – Cover Letter Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 21 – Careers in Higher Education Administration: Introduction/History, Context, Futures, GRAD Conference Room, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 22 – Academic Job Market #4: Best Practices for Teaching Demonstrations, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 22 – FLAS Fellowship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 2-3pm
  • Friday, January 24 – Resume Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Friday, January 24 – DDRA Fellowship Writing Workshop #2, Fellowships Table, 1-3pm
  • Monday, January 27 – Academic Job Market #5: Considering Contingency, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 29 – Academic Job Market #6: Negotiation Best Practices for Faculty Jobs, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “Acing the First-Round Screening Interview (Industry, Non-Profits, Government),” GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30 – DDRA Fellowship Writing Workshop #3, Fellowships Table, 1-3pm


  • Wednesday, February 5 – Astellas Pharma Medical Writing Careers Info Session, GRAD HQ, 10:30-11:30am
  • Wednesday, February 5 – Careers in Higher Education Administration: Alumni Panel, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm 
  • Wednesday, February 5 – Postdoc Orientation and Mixer, GRAD HQ, 3-5pm 
  • Thursday, February 6 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “What Do You Work On? The Art of Introducing Your Research”, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, February 13 – Expand Your Perspective: Love, GRAD HQ, 4-6pm
  • Tuesday, February 18 – Resume Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 19 – Cover Letter Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, February 27 – Data Science & Business Analytics Career Fair, Gleacher Center
  • Wednesday, February 26 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “Tell Me About Yourself: Crafting a Great Self-Introduction for Behavioral Interviews and Networking,” GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm


  • Wednesday, March 4 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “Storytelling Strategies for Behavioral Interviews” GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Informational Interview Workshop, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 – PATHS Data Analysis and Visualization Workshop, Logan Center Board Room, All Day
  • Wednesday, March 11 – LinkedIn Workshop, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, March 12 – English Career Conversation Hour, GRAD HQ, 3pm-4pm
  • Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 – PATHS Trade Publishing Workshop, Location TBD, Half-day Friday and All Day Saturday
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Resume Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, March 19 – Cover Letter Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24 – LA Trek, All Day