The Career Development Office is committed to helping students and alumni prepare and position themselves to act upon a wide range of exciting professional opportunities.

The Career Development Office team is here to help you identify your objectives and the resources necessary for achieving them.

Meet our Career Readiness Coaches, who are here to support your search from exploring options to negotiating offers.

Nick Fahnders
Associate Director, Career Readiness

Nick brings more than a decade of higher education experience to UChicago, primarily with career development, college housing/residence life, and classroom instruction. He earned his Master's degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut, and holds a B.S. in Psychology with a Leadership Studies minor from Bradley University. In his spare time, Nick enjoys reading, traveling, eating Portillo’s hot dogs and teaching Zumba classes in the Greater Chicago Area. He strives to build smarter, engaging communication and assessment strategies at Harris to enhance your career opportunities.

Contact Nick to discuss careers in energy, technology, and data science. Nick is also happy to support your consulting/case interview preparation, and offer negotiation strategies.

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Ethan Rucker
Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Through his experiences as a licensed professional counselor, advisor, and educator, Ethan established his passion for cultivating student career readiness. He received a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida and taught in Indianapolis through Teach for America. Ethan moved to Chicago in 2014 and earned an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. He advised students in career engagement and planning at Loyola as both a graduate career advisor and academic advisor.

Contact Ethan to discuss careers in consulting, finance, and how to make the most of your job search.

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Courtney Thompson
Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Courtney brings her dedication to advocating for student needs and experience serving students holistically to Harris. She has spent her career supporting students in their academic and professional development. She received a BA in Spanish and Pre-Professional Education from James Madison University and served two years in Chicago Public Schools through City Year Chicago. Courtney returned to James Madison University to earn a Master’s in Education, College Student Personnel Administration. When you don’t see Courtney around Harris, she is creating pieces for her custom art venture, practicing yoga, and trying new foods. Through career advising, she strives to create an environment and a community where individuals can be their authentic selves at Harris and beyond.

Contact Courtney to discuss post-graduate fellowship processes, careers with local/state governments, and how to make the most of your job search.

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Alejandro Monroy
Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Since 2011, Alejandro has been working with students from high school to graduate school in variety of roles.  Whether in admissions, academic advising, or career readiness, at his core, he is enthusiastic about partnering with students to guide them through their academic and career goals.  Most recently, Alejandro coached Master’s candidates in their career exploration and readiness at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA).  He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University, and a A.M. degree in Social Service Administration from SSA.  Outside of Harris, Alejandro is a freelance photographer and volunteers with organizations working to advance inclusive policies and communities at the intersection of education and immigration.

Contact Alejandro to discuss careers with foundations, international development, and how to make the most of your job search.

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Rich Delewsky
Assistant Director, Career Readiness

Rich brings over seven years of experience within higher education, in student services, student affairs, and career services. He has additionally leveraged a passion for marketing and communication, leading to further career experience in retail and robotics. Rich earned his M.S. in International Intercultural Education, with a specialization in cross cultural communication and a B.A. in International Relations, with a certificate in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Florida International University. In his free time you can find Rich running the Lake Shore Trail, cooking dishes from around the globe, and using every opportunity to speak and learn different languages. Rich strives to assist students and organizations navigate the often complex and delicate intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion in pursuit of career readiness. 

Contact Rich to discuss careers in finance, consulting, and how to make the most of your job search.

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Our Employer Partnership Team is building relationships with organizations that align with the vision and values of Harris.

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Adam McGriffin
Director of Career Development and External Partnerships

Throughout his varied career, making a difference has always been central in Adam's life. Whether planning initiatives, directing strategies, or executing programs, his emphasis is always on improving the status quo and has led to measurable results. 

Adam leads the Career Development Office for the University of Chicago, Harris Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Chicago he served as the Global Partnership and Government Relations Manager for Lions Club International, the world's largest service club organization. His primary focus was on building connections with organizations around the world, including the U.S. Congress, international corporations, governments, and NGO's. 

In 2014, McGriffin was appointed by the Illinois governor as a Commissioner on the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. He also serves on the Illinois Advisory Committee of the United States Global Leadership Coalition. Adam hold a BA from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Prospective employers should connect with Adam to discuss building full-time and internship hiring pipelines for their organizations.

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Additional Career Resource: UCHICAGOGRAD

Along with the Career Readiness Team for Harris, there are additional tools and resources to help you explore your options, connect with professionals, and develop professional skills at UChicagoGRAD. For more information, click here.