Join the Alumni Association

As a MAPSS alum, the best way to support the program is by sharing your story. Given the diversity of career paths out of MAPSS, current students—and alumni making a transition—generally lack the information necessary to determine viable options and focus their energy. While many candidates rely on passive sources of information such as job descriptions and organization websites, those who also engage with alumni as active sources of (insider) information are more likely to succeed. Below are highly impactful ways to support MAPSS.

Contact the MAPSS Alumni Association to get involved and receive updates about events, the program, and the University. We welcome your feedback and ideas as well.

Provide Career Mentorship

MAPSS values alumni mentoring. Throughout the year there will be opportunities to give career talks, connect with students through informational interviews, and participate in our annual alumni career conference.  

Our Alumni Career Mentor Seminars brings alumni to campus for career talks followed by question and answer sessions where MAPSS students can receive customized career advice and learn about possible trajectories.

Informational Interviews can also present mentorship opportunities. Speak with a current student about your work and career path for 15-30 minutes (in person or via Zoom or phone). To share your story with students, please contact Shelly L. Robinson, our in-house director of career services. In coordination with the MAPSS Alumni Association, Career Services hosts an annual MA Alumni Career Conference to better utilize alumni time and increase its impact for students. The event features alumni panel discussions that are focused on how to best market the MAPSS degree, mock interviews, professional headshots, and a reception where students can practice their pitch and gain networking skills. 

Professional Development  

UChicago has recently expanded its Alumni Career Programs. There are also monthly webinars available to our alumni. If you would be interested in hosting a webinar, please contact Shelly Robinson.

The Alumni Career Program Jobs Board is available to those seeking a career change. You might also consider reaching out to Shelly Robinson, director of career services, for personalized job search assistance or to be added to our monthly jobs addendum.

Visit Campus

Each summer during Alumni Weekend, the MAPSS Alumni Association hosts a series of events, including lectures by distinguished faculty and social outings, for current and incoming alumni. Every year, we look forward to having more alumni join us to reconnect and welcome new graduates to the Alumni Association.

Visit the Alumni & Friends page for more information about Alumni Weekend.