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The Segal Education Award Match

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy values national service. Therefore, AmeriCorps and Teach For America applicants will receive preferential consideration and a waived application fee. We proudly offer a full Segal AmeriCorps Education Award match for those students who are admitted to a masters degree program. In addition to matching the Segal Education Award, Americorps and Teach For America alumni will be considered for additional merit awards.


Preferential Career Consideration

500+ employers give preferential employment to AmeriCorps and Teach for America volunteers. They range from internationally recognized private corporations to non-profits to the federal government. For a full list of employers and eligibility, click here. These employers include:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Comcast & NBC Universal
  • Delta Airlines
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • NASA
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Department of Interior
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • The Walt Disney Company
As a VISTA I was in charge of the volunteer disaster apparatus for the State of New Hampshire... It was while I was working in the thick of things that I thought there must be a better way to approach these problems and I started looking at grad schools.
— Chris Piotrowski, MPP '11; Economic and Policy Analyst for the State of Rhode Island

A degree from Harris would provide you with invaluable skills, experiences, and networking opportunities, preparing you for a rewarding career as a policy leader.


Surround Yourself with Future Leaders

At Harris, all students take rigorous core classes in data science, analytics, and policy in addition to classes for each program. This systematic interdisciplinary inquiry is a University of Chicago tradition, and it allows Harris students to learn from and challenge each other, while graduating with a Masters or Doctoral degree that represents this valued intellectual approach. 

Situated in the city of Chicago, Harris has its finger on the pulse of policy research and implementation. Harris students work and do research while at school and have access to the myriad partnerships that Harris cultivates with neighboring institutions and programs. While these institutions are easily accessible for Harris students. Harris students tackle problems from local level at our CrimeLab all the way to global scale at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts.


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