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February 5, 2017

Welcome to GradCareers!

This twice-monthly newsletter from the Graduate College keeps you up to date on exciting opportunities to engage with employers. For each issue, our graduate career development specialists choose job postings, career fairs, and information sessions that will keep you informed and connected. We also offer a handy tip to help you explore your career options and land a job you love. Thanks for reading, and reply to let us know what else you would like to see in this space.

Tip of the Week

Pay attention to logistics for a Skype interview! Skype interviews are always awkward: you can’t really make eye contact, the connection can be wonky, you might be talking to a large group squeezed onto a tiny screen. But if you get prepped before your next one, you can make it a little bit less awkward. In particular, pay attention to lighting and to angles. If you’re backlit, you’ll only show up as a silhouette. If you shine a light directly on your face, it’ll look like you’re being interrogated. Instead, try bouncing light off a wall right in front of you, so your face is well-lit without any glare. And make sure the camera is at eye level (put your laptop on a box or pile of books), so your interviewers aren’t staring straight up your nose.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Engineering Career Fair (More information here)
February 7 & 8

Founders Startup Career Fair (More information here)
February 9

Research Park Career Fair (More information here)
March 9

Engage with Employers
Information Session for Graduate Students
  • BD Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP) Info Session, February 8, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, More information here
    BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, is seeking high-potential technical talent for its Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP) in life sciences and engineering disciplines related to medical devices, cellular analysis, and diagnostics. Qualified candidates will have less than three years of work experience and possess a Ph.D. or research-based thesis MS degree in life sciences or engineering fields.
Information Sessions for All Students
  • Want to be a consultant?, Manhattan Associates, February 7, 7 - 8:30 pm, More information here
    Join us as we discuss a career in Software Consulting, Manhattan Associates is the leader in Supply Chain Software. We hire smart and driven people to help us implement our solutions across the world.  Come learn about what it takes to work with us.
  • Amazon Lab126 Info Session, February 9, noon - 1 pm, More information here
    Come hear about the opportunities at Amazon from Product Desing Team member Peter Cheng. Lunch will be served! Free T-shirts & Raffle Echo Dot.
  • Information and Recruiting Session with Resilient Cognitive Solutions, February 20, noon - 1 pm, More information here
    Come learn about our organization and career/internship opportunities. Lunch will be provided for students who register in advance. We are currently seeking individuals interested in Visual Interaction/Information Design to join our multi-disciplinary Cognitive Systems Engineering team
Virtual/Off-Campus Information Sessions
  • IP Open House, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, February 24, 5 - 7 pm, Milwaukee, WI, More information here
    Please join the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich to learn about patents, technical research, and legal writing, and explore how your STEM background could lead to a career in law. Please RSVP by Friday, February 17.
I-Link Job Postings

I-Link is a campus-wide resource offering job/internship postings from companies interested in hiring University of Illinois students and graduates. There’s a huge database of job opportunities and information about upcoming events.

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Decision Sciences Internship @ Epsilon (ID 146351)

Applications accepted until: February 24, 2017

Our Graduate Interns will work with our Decision Sciences Team, researching and building machine learning applications to extend our personalization platform. Conversant’s personalization is based on analysis of anonymized data at internet scale and is used in evaluating 1 trillion advertising opportunities per month—in real-time. As an intern you will be able to apply your field of study to real problems with an opportunity to directly impact our business, gaining experience with internet-scale data and state-of-the-art computing clusters. Several of our team members are graduates of our intern program from previous years!

Junior Cognitive Systems Engineer @ Resilient Cognitive Solutions (ID 139537)

Applications accepted until: February 28, 2017

Cognitive Systems Engineers (CSE) work with interdisciplinary CSE teams to create the concepts and detailed designs for revolutionary information systems. The CSE team is dedicated to providing principle-driven design of human-machine systems with the central focus being creating effective systems that embed user expertise and support decision making. CSEs are responsible for the interface designs as well as the comprehensive cognitive work analysis that informs those designs. Our CSEs also work closely with our talented group of software developers, providing design concepts, representational designs, and functionality requirements as guidance for their system development effort.

Quantitative Marketing Internship - Opportunity for International Travel @ MilliporeSigma (ID 146312)

Applications accepted until: February 10, 2017

You will work in teams across different departments to define project objectives, identify project requirements, and push projects through to completion. You'll use critical thinking and creativity to find openings to use technology and data analytics to drive business. You will have to understand and leverage customer behavior data in order to make data-driven decisions. You'll also build and maintain reporting models to identify key improvement opportunities and current weaknesses and present data-drawn conclusions and their implications to company leaders.

Other Opportunites

Applications accepted until February 16, 2017

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan seeks to welcome a new colleague to focus on Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) development. Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in faculty development are encouraged to apply. This is a two-year term position with a possibility of renewal. Some responsibilities include: Developing and implementing programs and activities for the improvement of GSI teaching; Collaborating with U-M’s English Language Institute on a course to prepare international students educated abroad for their first teaching experiences; Coordinating and evaluating campus-wide events for graduate students, such as GSI teaching orientations and Preparing Future Faculty programs.  Click here for more information.

Business Analyst @ Grant Street Group

Open until filled

Our business analysts come from all sorts of academic, business or technical backgrounds. Their common threads? Strong academic performance, great writers, and the ability to engage others in meaningful, fun, and entertaining conversations. We are looking for talented folks who: Want to know why things work the way they do; excel at explaining things with the right amount of detail; are capable communicators with the spoken and written word; know how to collaborate within a team environment; and are dedicated learners with the ability to use software.

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Open until filled

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