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November 5, 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

Try ImaginePhD! The Graduate College Career Development is proud to announce the launch of ImaginePhD, a career exploration tool designed by the Graduate Career Consortium. Built with humanities and social science graduate students in mind (though not exclusively for them), ImaginePhD features assessments and custom algorithms to help you discover what job sectors align with your skills, interests, and values. It also includes resources to help you explore options and a planning tool that lets you map your way from here to there. ImaginePhD is co-sponsored by the University of Illinois, and it is free to use for all. Create an account and start exploring at Then come in for individual advising at the Graduate College Career Development Office to talk about what you discover.

Big Data Career Networking Event

Are you interested in the field of Big Data and Data Analytics? Curious which companies may have cool opportunities for you in this field? Join the Research Park at the University of Illinois this Thursday for a Career Networking event at the IHotel. Snack and beverages will be provided.

Get more info and register on Handshake.

Schedule a Custom Career Workshop

Would your student group, postdoc association, or research group benefit from a career or professional development event?

The Graduate College Career Development offers workshops that can be requested by student/postdoc groups, departments, faculty, or research groups. They introduce students and postdocs to a range of professional and career development topics, with opportunities for hands-on practice. They are designed specifically with grad students and postdocs in mind. Available workshops include:

  • Exploring Broad Career Options in [Your Field]
  • Thinking Like a Search Committee
  • GradMAP: Making the Most of Grad School
  • Talking About Your Research
  • Building an Effective Web Presence

All workshops can be customized to in order to address the particular needs of the audience. See the list of available workshops and request one at this link.

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: November 6

This internship will offer an opportunity to gain a broad experience within a market-leading multinational company. It is a chance to work in a global, multicultural environment within a highly motivated and professional team. With this internship you will have exposure to Monsanto’s global commercial business as well as breeding, biotech, regulatory and stewardship.


Applications accepted until: November 6

The Associate will report to the Director – Data, Policy & Reports (DPR) and will be responsible for working with the DPR Team to manage against a strategic plan to support and sustain efforts to ensure high quality school leaders in all of Chicago’s public schools.


Applications accepted until: November 12

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division is seeking an Analyst in American National Government to analyze public policy issues related to the regulation and administration of elections and voting in the United States. The focus of the Division’s work in this area is on the role played by various institutions, policies, and procedures in shaping electoral processes and practices. The issues may include, but are not limited to, election administration, voter registration and turnout, apportionment and redistricting, voting rights, and other election policies and practices.


Applications accepted until: November 12

The IoT Software Engineer must have excellent software development skills, experience with cutting edge IoT offerings, protocols and eco-systems.  Previous experience with messaging systems will be a plus.  Familiarity with cloud and web technologies (especially RESTful systems) is highly desirable.  Any experience with embedded prototyping such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi will be a plus.  General competency in networking technologies will be very useful.


Applications accepted until: November 12

National Grid’s Graduate Development Program (GDP) is the company’s flagship pipeline program, targeting recent college graduates joining the company in entry-level full time positions. The GDP is designed to prepare early career professionals for future leadership roles within the organization, aims to support Graduates in developing as leaders, guide their career, and increase their business talents and skills. It provides opportunities for Graduates to explore a broad range of disciplines across our functions and locations, work on a variety of projects, and expand their network.

Other Opportunities

Application deadline: December 4

RAND's Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students conducting national security-related work in political science; history; public policy; public administration; international relations; or area studies to the RAND Corporation, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of domestic and international social policy issues as well as national security problems.


Application deadline: Open until filled

The Communications Specialist leads the development and implementation of communication strategies for The Teaching Center; these communications target internal audiences–including faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff–as well as external audiences such as potential funders. The Communications Specialist dedicates expertise in marketing, writing, and web design to support the missions of the Center.

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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