The Jeff Metcalf Internship Program provides paid, substantive internships exclusively to UChicago undergraduates during the summer and the academic year. Over 4,500 students and 1,000 employers both within the United States and abroad have benefited from the program since its inception in 1997.
The Jeff Metcalf Fellows program honors Harold "Jeff" Metcalf (AM' 53), Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business from 1956-1975 and Director of Athletics for the University from 1976-1981. Jeff Metcalf was also a long time member of the International House Board of Governors serving on the Development Committee. The program has been made possible by alumni, parents and friends all over the world, and it has remained true to Jeff's vision of strengthening the University's global community.
Within International House, Metcalf Interns have the unique opportunity to assist with various aspects of the Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series including program coordination, public relations and marketing and providing logistical support to International House. Learn more about the Metcalf Internship program.
Global Voices Metcalf Interns
"I applied to Global Voices because I wanted to become more involved in the incredibly diverse International House community. So far, I've met a lot of great people and have had a lot of fun putting together events, especially the recent One Campus Cook Off, where I got the full experience of planning an event completely from scratch and learned first-hand about all of the challenges that can come up in the process."
Isabel is a second-year student hailing from Austin Texas, though her family originates in Malaga, Spain. Isabel is an Economics/Creative Writing double major. This summer, she will be staying in Chicago to work as a research assistant at the Booth and Harris schools.
“Working at International House has given me the opportunity to interact and work closely people from many different professional and cultural backgrounds. This kind of experience is invaluable and difficult to find at other internship opportunities. On a more personal note, I feel as though I have tangibly contributed to the residential community here at International House by engaging residents and community members through social media and events. I love when more residents come together and enjoy our programming."
Sophia is a current I-House resident. A third-year in the College, she is deciding between a degree in Environmental Studies or International Studies. Sophia works on promotion and distribution of Global Voices events, updating bulletin boards, posting information on social media, and managing the I-House Instagram. Sophia enjoys working as a coordinator for all the International House Events, but most especially the weekly ice cream social.
"Working as a Global Voices Metcalf Intern gives me the opportunity to get involved in so many events that are happening here on campus. I am glad that I can be part of the team that is changing people's view on other cultures and different parts of the world."
Minyu is a second-year from Wuhan, China majoring in Spanish and Political Science. In addition to helping design promotional material and update web pages, Minyu also helped crown the first ever king of the Festival of Nations last year!
“I am beyond grateful to be a part of the Global Voices Program. From planning to promoting events, I have gained new insight into the nature of multicultural affairs as well as the creativity behind crafting these events. I am especially glad to have made new friends who share my passion in artistic communication.”
Sarah Liu is a second-year art enthusiast who lives in I-House. She loves filmmaking and music production. Thus in the office, she is mainly focusing on digital broadcasting, film editing, and social media promotion. Sarah is also eager to explore the world of graphic design and journalism.
"Every event of the Global Voices Program's lectures and performing arts series has been such an enriching experience for me. The sheer amount and variety of intellectual exchanges that occurs at each of these events is even more amazing now that I am part of the team that facilitates them."
Brandon is a second-year student with a knack for design, making him a great addition to the Global Voices team. He is majoring in Public Policy and Environmental Studies.
"The Global Voices program has really allowed me to get involved with speakers and events on campus in a way I never had before. I've always enjoyed attending campus events but with Global Voices I've had the opportunity to actually have conversations with different speakers and to really talk with them about the questions I have and things I'm curious about. It has been an incredible experience so far, and I'm really excited to continue with it next year!"
Madeline McCann, a fourth year from Memphis, Tennessee, is double majoring in Environmental Studies and Russian and East European Studies. Her favorite I-House Event is the annual Festival of Nations.
"The Global Voices program has broadened my horizons immensely. The opportunity to work on so many different events that are diverse, both in culture and topic matter, has done so much to supplement my education at UChicago. Every aspect of the Global Voices Metcalf Internship has proved to be a valuable learning experience for me."
Beth, a fourth-year and I-House resident, uses her skills as a Classics major to delve into the history of Global Voices programming from antiquity to the present. As resident archivist, Beth compiles, organizes and classifies press releases and posters from all the activity at International House.
"The Global Voices Internship has increased my engagement in International House's diverse community, and it has given me the opportunity to learn many valuable skills--collaboration, communication, and problem-solving--in the meantime"
Hanna is a second year from Louisville, Kentucky who writes content to promote events while keeping the website and calendar up-to-date. She is pleased to begin working with the Interview Series this fall. In addition to living and working at International House, Hanna enjoys writing, reading, and speculating about which major she should choose.
"Through my involvement with Global Voices, I've interviewed people about topics ranging from Chicago blues to Turkish politics. As an aspiring journalist, I've been able to build my portfolio while learning to connect with people about topics well outside my comfort zone."
Patrick is a fourth-year History major hailing from Wilmington, Delaware. He works to publicize Global Voices events, coordinates with co-sponsors, and interviews lecturers and performers. From his articles, you can tell Patrick is a skilled writer. Less apparent is the fact that he shares his high school alma mater with none other Vice President Joe Biden!
"I have really come to appreciate International House as a unique space that facilitates dialogue between diverse perspectives and makes those conversations fully accessible to the public. I am very excited to be a part of the team that will continue such great work into the future."
Originally from San José, California, Maya Ruíz is a second-year undergraduate student and a current resident of International House. Her academic interests include philosophy, Chicanx studies, and education. As an intern, she interviews Global Voices Lecture Series guest speakers so the UChicago community and International House's network can learn more about the speakers' amazing work and experiences.
"Being a Metcalf intern at I-House is meaningful to me because it allows me to interact closely with other cultures, an experience I began to value growing up in Delhi, the capital of one of the most diverse nations in the world."
Angad joins the Metcalf team from New Dehli, India. He expects to major in History and enjoys working events pertaining to global politics and policy.
"In Global Voices, I have known what it means that work can be a place you belong to. The people I work, whether new interns or old Metcalfs made me feel welcomed and relaxed, even though we don't get to meet all week long"
Phoebe is a fourth year Economics major. She comes from Egypt, this is her second year as a transfer student in UChicago. Phoebe is talented in working with media, helping manage and create video content for the Global Voices program.