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August 17, 2017

This twice-monthly newsletter from the Graduate College features exciting opportunities for University of Illinois graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to engage with employers. For advice on networking, applying for jobs, and more, check out our online career development resources.

Tip of the Week

Make your resume scannable! Look over yoru resume for no more than 10 seconds, trying to notice the mos timportant pieces of information. Was that easy? If it was a bit tricky, ask yourself some questions to help make your resume scannable. Does your resume include quantitative elements that illustrate results you've achieved? Is it free of grammatical errors and as concise as possible? Does your resume reflect your experiences, skills, and achievements in a cohesive, legible way? A potential employer may only spend a few seconds with your resume at first. Make them count.

Using Handshake @ Illinois
What Is Handshake?

Handshake is the new career services platform where Illinois students and postdocs can connect with employers and find job opportunities. (It replaces I-Link, which has been retired.) Handshake is used by over 230,000 employers around the world to identify and recruit talent at universities, so you'll have access to more employers and job postings than ever before. You can also find career fairs, workshops, and career coaching appointments in Handshake. Log in here.

If You Can't Log In

If you try to log into Handshake using your NetID and password at and cannot do so, don't worry--you can still have an account. You will need to follow the form link under "Don't have a Handshake @ Illinois account?" at An account will be created for you in 2-3 business days.

Handshake App

If you have an iOS device (like an iPhone or iPad), you can download the new “Handshake Jobs & Careers” (iOS) to conveniently discover jobs and stay on track with reminders for application deadlines and direct messages from employers.

Upcoming Career Fairs

Below are some of the career fairs coming up this semester which are open to all current students on campus. You can use Handshake to find out which employers are coming, what they are looking for, and register to attend. Find the full list on Handshake at this link, or click below to go directly to a fair page:

Handshake @ Illinois Job Postings

Handshake is an online system where students and postdocs can connect with employers recruiting at Illinois. There’s a huge database of job opportunities and information about upcoming events. Below you'll find just a sample of what is available on the platform. Click the job titles below then log in to see the full posting.


Applications accepted until: September 1

As part of our staff, you would organize communities around these vital issues.  Responsibilities include one-on-one communication, fundraising, dispersing information, and good record keeping. We look for candidates who have strong oral and written communication skills, and who possess good attention to detail. Candidates should have an interest in environmental or social justice issues, non-profit work, or politics. We do provide extensive training on the job responsibilities and on the issues we cover.


Applications accepted until: September 4

The Microbiologist will provide laboratory and analytical support services for assessment and validation of an immunodiagnostic tool for the elimination and control of onchocerciasis, trachoma, and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and molecular identification and characterization of parasitic NTDs, including but not limited to Onchocerca, lymphatic filariasis, and Guinea worm. Additionally, the Microbiologist will provide training, consultation and field support to partners.


Applications accepted until: September 7

We are looking for a communication researcher with a strong, proven interest in health communication and public health. As a researcher, you have worked with diverse audiences —ranging from healthcare professionals to individuals with limited literacy skills. You have supported complex research projects from beginning to end. You are a talented moderator and interviewer who is passionate about the user-centered design process. You excel at translating research findings into meaningful health communication strategy and product development. You enjoy working independently and collaboratively, have experience giving and receiving feedback, and have outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail. You are passionate about making health information easier to understand and use.


Applications accepted until: September 8

If you are looking for challenging and rewarding work which combines your understanding of medical science and aptitude for writing into one unique job, the Scientific Writer role is for you. This is an opportunity to grow your career and make a greater impact on the lives around you.


Applications accepted until: September 9

Absolute Consulting Group is committed to employee satisfaction and driving the success of our business. We focus on talent, passion, and culture. We are the leading industry in sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction. Absolute has put together a Training Program to develop our marketing and sales representatives to train on development and management and transition into a leadership role within our company in less than 6 months.

Other Opportunities

Application deadline: September 15

Selected candidates will be invited to visit the Ohio State campus, network with current OSU and NCH postdocs, present their research to faculty in a podium presentation, interview with prospective mentors, and learn more about postdoctoral opportunities at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Candidates selected to attend this event may be considered for a variety of opportunities at Ohio State, including fellowships, training grants, and other internal training programs. Full funding will be provided for travel expenses.


Application deadline: November 1

The R&D intern program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with a senior scientist in order to improve technical skills while being given a developmental opportunity in an industrial setting. It is desirable that the intern have past practical experience in handling chemicals, operating laboratory equipment, generating and manipulating data, as well as computer database and word-processing skills. Interns are encouraged to be creative and take initiative, where appropriate, and will be granted significant latitude for discretionary decisions and independence of action within guidelines established by their supervisor. Interns are expected to always operate in a safe and efficient manner.


Application deadline: Open until filled

 The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), an organization of nearly 500 universities, is seeking a Program Manager in its Best Practice and Research divisions. CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting university innovations and sharing data and guidance with member universities. CGS Research projects provide member universities with data resources and analyses that offer strategic insights for evidence-based decisions.


Application deadline: Open until filled

The Part-Time Student Program at the AbbVie Innovation Center, located in the Research Park, is designed to augment AbbVie’s regular staff, and is for students who are able to work in parallel to their school schedule. Major duties include: Perform SAS programming and analyses using large medical claims and electronic medical records databases; Assist in developing analysis plan and summarizing and synthesizing results into reports and publications.



The Graduate College Career Development Office fosters personal growth and professional development in graduate students and postdocs during their time at Illinois and in their future careers.

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