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September 24, 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

Paint a positive picture! What picture are your application materials painting? Do your application materials give a cohesive, compelling view of the skills and experience you can bring to a potential employer? After reviewing your application materials will an employer have a strong sense of who you are and why you are interested in this opportunity? Ask yourself these questions and refine your application documents accordingly to increase your chances of landing the role.

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 fill out this form. 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 30

Do you love cats even when you can’t pet them? Do you want to help save their lives through trap/neuter/return? We’re looking for someone with experience, professionalism, a great attitude and a lot of love to give to community cats in the Coachella Valley area. You’ll be in charge of trapping cats who need to be spayed and neutered, driving them to clinics for their operations, and returning them once they’ve recovered.


Applications accepted until: September 30

FCA US LLC's Corporate Leadership Development (CLD) Graduate Internship offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated, innovative, and leadership savvy graduate students to work in a global business environment while gaining valuable operational and leadership experience. Embedded within FCA US LLC's Audit organization, this internship will incorporate rotational opportunities and interaction with global business leaders. Each intern's assignment will consist of challenging projects within Corporate Audit and will involve core business process analysis within the following disciplines: Finance, Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Brand and Commercial, Corporate Staffs and Information and Communication Technology.


Applications accepted until: September 29

We are looking for a Data Scientist with a great knowledge of financial assets who would be in charge of algorithm-assisted asset evaluation and taxonomy. Responsibilities will include working with a deep learning tools such as Tensor Flow or Watson API, to understand and verify the assets listed on our platform. You would be taking an active role in involving deep learning and other algorithms into our augmented intelligence system. We believe skill set and experience are only two ingredients for success. The other is mind-set. Skills can be learned but mind set is tougher to learn: We are looking to recruit top students from to schools who thrive in an innovative, meritocratic, team oriented environment and can balance short-term work to achieve long-term results.


Applications accepted until: October 5

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a full-time, salaried fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy for highly motivated graduate-level students interested in a career in nuclear security.


Applications accepted until: October 8

Working on security research at Visa is a unique opportunity at a time when the payments industry is undergoing a digital transformation, and with security technologies as the critical enabler for a growing number of emerging payment models and usage scenarios. We offer you the opportunity to be at the center of innovation in the payments industry and set the security direction for Visa and the future payment ecosystem.

Other Opportunities

Application deadline: Open until filled

The Assistant Director for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Programs (position number 103518) plays a central role at the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) in advancing the pedagogical and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Chicago. The individual in this role will be in a position to make a significant impact on teaching and learning programs at UChicago, overseeing several recently established and revised programs, with the opportunity to assess and improve the resources and services available for graduate student and postdoctoral teaching development.


Application deadline: Open until filled

The Humanities Commons team is looking for a part-time UX researcher/designer (remote possible) to join our collaborative team. This person will be capable of juggling research, strategy, prototyping, information architecture, and usability testing to help us determine the needs and motivations of our users (and potential users) and ensure that the Humanities Commons platform satisfies those needs.


Application deadline: October 16

The Assistant Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program (position number 0709809), under the Direction of the Program Director, provides leadership and actively works to support the academic activities of students in the program. Through programming and curricular outreach activities, both on and off campus, supports the mission of the program, increasing awareness and participants in the program. 


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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