Click here to see this online

October 8, 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

Practice your public speaking! Being able to communicate what you have accomplished in a clear and compelling way to broad audiences is crucial for getting a job (e.g., cover letters and interviews), and it's also an important long-term career skill. Practice this skill whenever you can, whether it's with family members, potential employers at a networking event, or in more formal presentations like Research Live! See below for more information about an upcoming networking event at Research Park and about Research Live!, which is a particularly valuable opportunity to practice these skills and compete for a $300 first prize.

Grad Student Networking Event at Research Park

The Graduate College Career Development Office is co-hosting a networking event for graduate students at Research Park this Thursday. It's a unique opportunity to interact with Research Park employers in a less formal setting.

Companies like LifeFoundry, ADM, Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab, Charmworks, Monsanto, Syngenta, and Sychrony Financial have already registered, and more are signing up every day. They are especially interested in meeting graduate students with skills or experience in Data Science & Analytics, HR/Operations Management, Mobile/Web Development, Project Management/Business Development, Software Development, and UX/Graphic Design.

Bring your business cards if you have them and be ready to explain how you can make a contribution to Research Park organizations. Dress is casual and appetizers will be provided. You can get more information and register to attend on Handshake.

Research Live! Registration Closes Soon

You're engaged in fascinating, ground-breaking research or other work. Your archival work, ethnographies, and textual analysis are transformative. You can analyze a data set like nobody's business. You design, choreograph, sculpt, compose, and create works that can change the world. But can you get a general audience interested and excited about what you do in only 3 minutes? Research Live! invites you to celebrate your work and hone your presentation skills by giving a compelling 3-minute, 2-slide talk. Participants compete for honor, glory, and a $300 first prize.

Learn more and register at

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: October 10

You're someone with a real enthusiasm for new technologies, and you are curious to understand how these will impact energy and other industries. You like to develop original opinions, and you have an exceptional ability to communicate these to your audience, through writing and oral presentations. Your quantitative skills are strong, and you love to delve into complex subjects and build your own network in the industry. Teamwork is important to you, and you are excited by the prospect of working with colleagues and clients from a wide range of backgrounds.


Applications accepted until: October 12

Tasks focused on development of the GOLauncher product lines will vary depending on the experience, skills, and interests of candidates, but may include one or more of the following: software development, design and analysis of launch vehicle structures, solid modeling, mechanical design, embedded systems design, test planning, flight operations development, design and implementation of a marketing campaign, market analysis, and/or sales.


Applications accepted until: October 13

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to provide full-time support to the Miami office and the Prospect Management and Research team. The Miami office works to build support for the work of HRW through fundraising and outreach events in the Miami area and by managing and stewarding donor relationships across Florida. The Prospect Management and Research team works with colleague frontline fundraisers located across the globe to identify potential major gift donors and assists them with developing tailored solicitation and stewardship strategies based on the research completed. This entry-level position is based in Miami and reports to both the Director of Prospect Management and Research based in San Francisco and to the Associate Director based in Miami. HRW anticipates that the successful candidate will start in November 2017.  


Applications accepted until: October 13

Develop, prototype, test and iterate on innovative solutions that blend design, technology, strategy, and customer value, to push the envelope and inspire development teams and leaders to invest in new ideas. In doing so, you partner with strategists, researchers, designers, developers and outside partners and ensure our experiences are beautifully and thoughtfully considered


Applications accepted until: October 20

ZL Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based company, is looking for high-caliber talent to help us in our business expansion. Culture-wise, we like mixing up jobs and functions, which means you can pick up different skills and find out quickly what you are good at, and, more importantly, what you love to do. Technical knowledge is not necessary.

Other Opportunities

Application deadline: October 30

George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to lead efforts in scholarly communication, copyright, and open access publishing for Mason Publishing and the George Mason University Press. Reporting to the director of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press, the Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing Lead provides guidance and compliance assistance on copyright and fair use issues, including copyright use in classroom teaching and technology, online courses, Mason Publishing supported journals, and university press publications. The position administers Mason’s open access publishing fund, provides guidance on open access publishing, promotes awareness of and assists in the development of open educational resources. 


Application deadline: Open until filled

C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) produces authoritative, award-winning journalism about the world of chemistry, including coverage of recent advances in research, education, industry, funding, and regulatory policy. It is published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline, and is widely considered one of the major benefits of membership. C&EN’s weekly print magazine reaches more than 156,000 members of ACS, and its daily website receives more than 7 million page views per year.


Application deadline: November 15

The Project Manager will accomplish strategic objectives by overseeing multiple project activities,  provide effective coordination of the unit’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies and initial and ongoing coordination of the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists pilot program and other IPRH academic and curricular projects as they arise.


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.

Schedule an Appointment | Attend a Workshop | Request a Workshop | View Our Videos | Join Us on LinkedIn