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The Chaddick Institute team is always keen to have students and professionals get involved with the institute, and to discuss how our work might intersect with your professional experience in the Chicagoland area or educational experience at DePaul University. The Chaddick Institute offers various volunteering opportunities for graduate students during the academic year including assisting with our events, research, and bi-annual study trips.
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The Chaddick Scholars Program is a great way to interact with professionals and individuals interested in the field of metropolitan planning. This program is designed for graduate students looking to gain real-world experience in urban planning and community development. After being accepted into the program, candidates become ambassadors of the Institute and participate in activities such as immersion trips to explore various cities, volunteer opportunities, and professional networking events. The Chaddick Scholars Program typically starts in November and ends in June.
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REED CAPSHAW | Master of Public Policy
HUGO CORONADO | Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development
KIMBERLY FAIR | Master of Public Policy SARA FRANKIEWICZ | Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development
DYLAN HABER | Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development
JENNIFER HERNANDEZ | Master of Public Policy
MITCH HIRST | Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development
CASEY LAWLER | Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development
VALERIA TARKA | Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development
MICHAEL FODOR | Masters in Sustainable Urban DevelopmentFRANK KRAUT | Masters in Public AdministrationCOREY MCEACHERN | Masters in Public PolicyMALCOLM MOSSMAN | Masters in Sustainable Urban DevelopmentSTIJN VAN DER SLOT | Masters in Sustainable Urban Development
Valerie Egon, Jeff Fredericksen, Jenny Godinez, Megan Overbey, Emily Reilly, Gary Scott, William Stefaniuk, and James Wong
Alyssa Battaglia, Jamela Clark, Brandi DeLoatch, Ryan Forst, Blaire MacHarg, Brian Pigeon, Kelsey Somerville, Martina Stanley, and Kate Witherspoon
Derick Anderson, Sid Holcomb, Shawn Janzen, Wilmar Molina, Mark Patoska, Candice Torres, and Stephen Woodring
Caitlin Allen, Will Covert, Martin Ellinger-Locke, Leah Haas, Brian Izzo, Amy Kirsling, Paige Largent, Rebecca McAlpine, Elisa Sledzinska, Sara Wendelburg, and Jada Wollenzien
Antwon Bailey, Alice Bieszczat, Steven Field, Justin Klusas, Suzanne Ostrovsky, and Jonathan Wittig
Andrew Pizzano, Eric Roach, Cyrus Khazai, and Fatih Takmakli
Erin Kelly, Lisa Koivu, Kateri Routh, Lisa Pagnucci, Sara Smith, and Lauren Fischer
Liezl Alcantara, Gretchen Anderson, Caitlyn Brennan, Peter Drake, Beau Gallegos, Brian Guyer, Michael Frigo, Dan Nakahara, Erika Radeke, Alyssa Schiffman, Melanie Silas, and Dale Wilson
Donna Cicinelli, Brian Guyer, Christie Hahn, Lauren Pike, Erika Radeke, Alyssa Schiffman, and Sonya Szot
Michelle Cullerton, Christine Drew, Alison Ferrari, Pamela Gayles, Joseph Kearney, Katie McCall, Janice Murphy, Shari Schwartz, and Gail Walker
The Chaddick Institute began offering study trips for graduate students and professional planners in 2010. These full-day intensive experiences offer participants the opportunity to explore urban issues in a real world setting, meeting with municipal officials, planners, non-profit leaders, etc. and gaining a better understanding of the innovative solutions being pursued to revitalize challenged urban areas.
We hold a study trip in the fall quarter and spring quarter of each academic year. Our study trips are to cities located in the Midwest - previous study trips have taken participants to Detroit, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, and Madison. Study trips typically cost around $30/person and include lodging, local transportation and lunch. Approximately 25 graduate students and professionals attend each trip. Visit our
Upcoming Events page for information on the next study trip!
Our Young Professionals (YP) program involves after-work activities highlighting trends in the urban planning field. Events are designed to be informal and fun, focusing on professional development and offering exposure to a wide variety of experts. YP events are typically free to attend! If you are not already on our Young Professionals mailing list, click here to start receiving our emails and event notices.
New ideas for future YP events are always welcome. If you have a great idea for an event, please contact us at