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October 22, 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

Tailor your resume to job opportunities by using keywords! As you analyze a job description, note the skills, qualifications, and language used in the posting and ensure that your resume directly addresses as many qualifications as possible. Updating your resume to include keywords included in a job posting can help you better reflect how your experiences and interests align with that opportunity, make your background easier for your audience to understand, and ultimately gain the attention of a hiring manager.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Throughout the year, companies and other organizations visit campus to share details about the work they do and recruit students at events (they are often called "Information Sessions"). In this section of GradCareers, we highlight some sessions that might be of particular interest to graduate students and postdocs. But we encourage you to explore the full list of events on Handshake by clicking this link


October 23, 5:00 PM, ACES Library and Alumni Center

Ever thought of taking your agricultural experience in West Africa? Check out AgriCorps! AgriCorps is a nonprofit hiring globally minded, driven agricultural graduates to work as agricultural teachers, 4-H/FFA advisors, and extension agents in Ghana and Liberia. By joining the AgriCorps Fellowship program you have a chance to contribute to feeding the growing population by finding local ag solutions to local ag problems in West Africa.


October 30, 7:00 PM, Digital Computer Laboratory, Room 1310

The Chinese company Tencent will present a panel discussion of the company's innovative work. Click the link and see a list of positions they are hiring for on Handshake.


November 5, 5:00 PM, Krannert Art Museum, Room 62

Ever wonder what it's like to work in the video game industry? Now's your chance to learn from the experts! Meet the Minds behind the Mayhem as professionals from multiple disciplines at Deep Silver Volition, based right here in Champaign, share their experience and expertise.

Answering Tough Interview Questions Workshop

October 24, 3:30-5:00 PM, Illini Union, Room 407

What’s your biggest weakness? Tell me about a time you failed? What would you do if a colleague took credit for your ideas? Interview questions like these can be terrifying. But if you have the right strategies, you can be prepared to answer them (or any other interview question) thoroughly, effectively, and convincingly. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn approaches to answering difficult questions and have a chance to practice and receive feedback. This workshop is for graduate students or postdocs applying for any kind of job in industry, government, non-profits, or academia. Get more info at 

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 24

IDinsight Associates are high-performing early-career professionals interested in social impact, global development, data and statistics, monitoring and evaluation, project management, and client services. The Associate experience is varied, with responsibilities ranging from office-based data analysis and client interactions to field-based team trainings and data management. Associates also contribute directly to IDinsight’s growth and evolution by taking leadership roles in their office and rotating onto a variety of internal initiatives.


Applications accepted until: October 24

Xtern is an intensive 10-week paid internship program placing you with one of Indianapolis’ top tech companies. The program provides an experience that will immerse you in the culture and community of Indianapolis. Beyond the 9 to 5, live with 100+ other talented Xterns from around the country, and experience the social scene that makes Indy such an awesome place to live.By applying to Xtern your resume is sent to 50+ of Indianapolis' fastest growing technology companies for a full-time, paid, summer internship.


Applications accepted until: October 27

We are currently looking for an experienced Deep Learning Research Scientist who enjoys collaboration, the freedom to explore, the visibility that comes from doing breakthrough research and ultimately seeing it monetized in our business model. As a team we are focused and passionate but with an emphasis on cooperation, not competition and a strong belief in the value of work-life balance.


Applications accepted until: October 27

AbbVie’s Business Technology Solutions Development Program (BTSDP) is a two year rotational program that prepares you for IT management roles. The goal of the program is to identify and develop AbbVie’s future BTS leaders. Ideal candidates will combine technical and business knowledge with analytical strength and creative problem solving abilities.


Applications accepted until: October 31

AAPCC seeks an entry to mid-level, full-time communications professional. Reporting to the Vice President for National Outreach, Communications, and Membership, the Associate Manager of Media and Public Relations will perform tasks including:  Working with the Associate Manager of Digital Content and Social Engagement, assist with developing and executing AAPCC’s comprehensive annual communications plan; write and distribute press releases and other communications materials, and pitch stories to public relations contacts. Assist members with media messaging to encourage branding and message consistency across the poison control enterprise;  pitch list of journalists and bloggers who have shown an interest in poison control-related stories, or asked for NPDS data previously.

Other Opportunities

Application deadline: November 1

The College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Coordinator, Engineering Career Services.   Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Coordinator, Engineering Career Services provides career management services for Engineering students and employers. 


Application deadline: November 6

We have an exciting full-time opportunity for a Senior Program Associate, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Program in our Washington, DC office. The position involves a project in partnership with select seminaries throughout the US to integrate science into their core curricula, with a goal of promoting a positive understanding of science among religious leaders and eventually the communities they serve.

Application deadline: December 5

We’re looking for an organized, learning-oriented generalist who is interested in playing a key role in the growth of a new nonprofit focused on workplace mental health. The associate will work across a broad range of functions—such as grant writing, program management, and data evaluation—while diving deep into the workplace culture and mental health fields.


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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