Summer at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Summer Conferences program provides the ultimate summer experience for those interested in working in higher education, and more specifically in events and conferences. The University of Chicago offers a summer of enrichment incorporating event planning, customer service, emergency response and professional development opportunities. No day is the same in Summer Conferences, each day presents new and thought-provoking challenges.
The Summer Conferences program at the University of Chicago oversees approximately 50-60 summer conferences ranging from 10 to 500 participants. The University of Chicago is a destination that creates an environment of vigorous discourse and debate drawing conferences from around the world who seek out an intellectual environment. Summer Conferences offers a one-stop shop for conference clients providing conference organizers with one contact, one contract and one bill for all services and reservations. The Summer Conference Coordinators each oversee a portfolio of conferences. For each conference, the summer staff member manages all the logistics for the conference including but not limited to: housing accommodations, dining and catering, event and classroom reservations, A/V requests, recreation center reservations, parking and transportation.
Professional Development Opportunities
If you are looking for more than just a summer job, the University of Chicago provides an engaging summer experience.
Weekly Speaker Series
To give our Summer Conferences team a unique perspective on different departments in higher education, the summer conferences team is invited to attend lunch with a designated speaker. Each week a different student affairs professional from campus talks to the team about their profession, why they chose that career, and what lessons they have learned. It provides the summer conferences team with an interesting and engaging way to learn about higher education and campus operations.
Each coordinator is paired with a professional staff member in Housing & Residence Life. Mentors and mentees meet on a regular basis to discuss career goals, revise resume and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and even network throughout campus.
What type of candidate is the University of Chicago looking for to join the Summer Conferences Team?
Summer Conferences is focused on providing excellent customer service and ensuring the University of Chicago is the leading intellectual summer conference destination in higher education. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic and have an interest in conference and event planning in higher education. Candidates should be detail oriented and work well in a team environment. The Summer Conferences team is required to live on campus.
Our team is now searching for Summer Conferences Senior Corodinators and Coordinators!
Preference is given to those that are graduate students in higher education, hospitality, or a related field and can commit to working mid-May until late August. The role includes housing and meal plans in the summer months.
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter, resume, and availability over the summer months to firstname.lastname@example.org.