This page contains information for employers interested in recruiting students in the Department of Computer Science. Our department oversees a CS major and minor, a professionally-oriented MS program, and a PhD program, as well as two joint programs: an MBA/MS program with the Booth School of Business, and an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy with the Harris School of Public Policy. All of these programs have students interested in both internships and full-time opportunities. Below you will find pointers to information and resources that will allow you to connect not just with our students, but also with students around campus with a general interest or focus in technology.
CS Student Population - Quick Facts
The following information is current as of Spring 2018
Number of CS majors: 379 (5th largest major on campus)
Number of CS majors graduated in 2017/18: 97
Total CS undergraduate enrolments (including non-CS majors): 2,600+
Gender of CS majors: 71% Male / 29% Female
Number of MS students: 221
Number of MS graduates in 2017/18: 102
Gender of MS students: 84% Male / 16% Female
Number of PhD students: 103
Number of PhD graduates in 2017/18: 14
Gender of PhD students: 79% Male / 21% Female
Computer Science Job Board
If you have any open positions you’d like to advertise to our students, please post them on our job board:
The CS Job Board targets all CS students (undergrad, MS, and PhD) and has a very low barrier of entry (all postings are public, and students don't need to create an account to see them). CS students are frequently reminded to use this resource, and many of them opt to receive instant e-mail notifications when new postings are added to the job board.
Setting up a Recruitment Event on Campus
If you would like to set up a recruitment event on campus, both the department and the university offer a number of options.
Tech talks are our preferred format for hosting employers directly in the Department of Computer Science. A tech talk is a 45-60 minute talk delivered by a technical employee in your company (typically an engineer, software developer, scientist, etc.). These talks are hosted in our department, but are open to all students at the university. They are also advertised to all students on campus interested in technology, not just to the CS students specifically.
While the goal of the talk is to recruit students, the talk itself must not be a “recruitment talk” or an “information session”. It must present a technical topic related to the work done at your company, and which the speaker is personally involved in. Tech talks are very effective at persuading students that they should apply to work at your company because it impresses upon them that you are a legitimately technical company, and gives them a glimpse of the kind of work they would do at your company. The following are examples of recruitment-oriented technical talks the department has hosted and that attracted a large audience:
Holding a tech talk in the Department of Computer Science involves a $400 sponsorship fee (this fee is waived for non-profits).
If you are interested in giving a tech talk in the department, please contact email@example.com. Please note that, if your company has not previously given a tech talk in our department, you must provide a talk proposal and a suggested speaker before we can place you on our schedule of events (you do not need to include this when you first contact us, but you must be able to provide it before we give you a confirmed date).
Hack Night is a weekly event, held every Friday night, where UChicago students interested in Computer Science and technology get together to hang out. This is an informal social event, akin to a pizza party or a social hour, and each Hack Night can be sponsored by an employer.
Sponsoring a Hack Night involves a $750 sponsorship fee, and has the following benefits:
You will be advertised as the event’s sponsor in all event announcements.
You are allowed to send representatives, ideally software developers, that can converse with our students on a technical level. Recruiters are welcome to attend too, as long as there is at least one technical representative.
Your representatives can address the entire room for 5-10 minutes and can stay for the entire event to mingle with students.
You will receive the RSVP list with contact information of attendees (minus any students who opt out of sharing their contact information)
You are welcome to distribute “swag” (t-shirts, stickers, etc.) and information packets to students.
Hack Nights provide a more informal and low-pressure way of engaging with students, as it does not require preparing a formal presentation and leads to more one-on-one conversations with students. However, please note that Hack Night is not a hackathon: students attend primarily to hang out with other students, and there is no competitive aspect or coding projects assigned during Hack Night. Sponsors cannot require attendees to work on coding challenges during Hack Night.
If you are interested in sponsoring a hack night, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus-wide events: Career fairs, information sessions, etc.
The university has two campus-wide offices dedicated to employer relations:
The Department of Computer Science works closely with both offices to ensure that our students are exposed to as many opportunities as possible. Even if you work directly with the Department of Computer Science on setting up an event or advertising a position, we encourage you to also engage with Career Advancement and UChicagoGRAD to ensure you gain the maximum exposure possible on campus.
In particular, both offices hold campus-wide career fairs and also work with employers to set up campus-wide information sessions. If you are looking to recruit students across a variety of majors or graduate programs, Career Advancement and UChicagoGRAD can connect you to a variety of resources and recruitment opportunities on campus. You can also post on their job boards to reach students in fields other than Computer Science:
Please note that you may want to post on their job boards even if you’re only targeting Computer Science students and have already posted on the CS Job Board, as this will ensure that students get information about your open positions on several fronts.
Expectations and Policies for Employers
Employers recruiting in the Department of Computer Science in any capacity are expected to adhere to the On-Campus Recruiting Expectations and Policies for Employers from the university’s Career Advancement Office, regardless of whether the employer is engaging with Career Advancement or not. Please note that, while the Expectations and Policies document has not yet been updated for 2018/19, you can assume that they will remain largely the same.
In particular, please note that, among other things, these policies require the following:
Scheduling interviews during reading and final exam periods is discouraged. Please see the University of Chicago Academic Calendar for details on when our various reading periods, final exams, and breaks take place.
Exploding offers (those requiring a student to accept a job offer within a very short period of time) are not tolerated. We encourage employers to give to give students a minimum of one week to evaluate internship and fulltime offers. Please note that if you make any return offers to students interning with you this summer, we ask that you give students until early November to respond to the offer (exact date TBD).
The department has several active student organizations that run their own events, some of which provide opportunities for employers to engage with students specifically in that organization. Many of their events are also open for sponsorship.
- ACM-W is a student organization focused on Women in Computing. ACM-W runs fortnightly study breaks, as well as a number of workshops throughout the year. Members of this organization also coordinate programs that provide funds for students to attend the Grace Hopper Conference each year.
- Asynchronous Anonymous is a student organization that runs student-led talks and workshops throughout the year.
- compileHer, is a student-led organization at the University of Chicago whose mission is to enable young girls to succeed in Technology through curriculum-based activities and direct mentorship programs. compileHer believes that technology should be build to address the problems of all people and that the knowledge of Computer Science should be made accessible to everyone. compileHer runs a major capstone event each year in addition to an annual hackathon for middle school girls, both of which are open to sponsorship (for more details, see this recap of their 2018 capstone)
- Uncommon Hacks is a student group at UChicago that seeks to build community and foster participation in tech by running hackathons and other events at UChicago. Their flagship event is an annual intercollegiate hackathon, known for its creative activities which celebrate the uncommon and encourage wacky projects. They also run other events at UChicago, including a smaller UChicago-only event in the fall. For more details, see this recap of their latest hackathon (this article also covers compileHer’s capstone event).
You should feel free to reach out these organizations directly, or to e-mail email@example.com if you would like to be connected with them.
Our department is an active participant in the ACM’s International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), the largest and oldest programming contest in the world. Besides running a number of contests at UChicago, including the Chicago site of the Mid-Central USA regional contest, our department’s teams have qualified for the World Finals of this competition in 2000, 2001, and from 2009 to 2016.
ICPC contests hosted at UChicago, which attract some of the best and brightest coders at the university and in surrounding universities, are open to sponsorship, which provides access to these talented students. Additionally, our teams’ participation in ICPC involves a variety of expenses (on the order of $10,000 per year) that are currently covered by the University of Chicago, but which could be covered by a corporate sponsor.
If you are interested in sponsoring an ICPC contest, or our ICPC teams, please contact the ICPC coach, Borja Sotomayor.