Summer at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Summer Conference program provides the ultimate summer experience for those interested in working in higher education, and more specifically in events and conferences. Summer at 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 conference experience.
Weekly Speaker Series
To give our Summer Conferences team a unique perspective on different departments in higher education, the summer conference team is invited to attend lunch with a designated speaker. Each week a different member from campus talks to the team about their profession, why they chose that career, and what lessons they have learned. The format is an informal lunch with the speaker which allows for open discussion. The campus members can include the Vice President of Campus and Student Life, Catering Managers, Residence Hall Managers, Facility Managers and Police Officers. It provides the summer conference team with an interesting and engaging way to learn about higher education and campus operations.
Weekly Professional Development Series
Each week the Summer Conference team spends 1-2 hours participating in a professional development session. The professional development sessions are aimed to build the summer conference team’s skills in many different areas including: communication, public speaking, stress management, trends in the conference industry, job searching and resume building as well as interview practice.
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.
Summer Conferences will soon be hiring Summer Conferences Coordinators and Summer Conferences Assistants.
For Summer Conferences 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.
For Summer Conferences Assistants, preference is give to current University of Chicago undergraduates or graduate students who are available to work limited hours in the spring and fall, and full-time in the summer months. 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.