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CAREER SERVICES NEWSLETTER
 
 
 
 
 

The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), ResearchStudent GroupsSocial EventsMentor ProgramAdvising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development. Below you will find various opporunities and resources for career services.

 
 
 
 
 
 
GET INVOLVED
 
 
 
 

We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page

 
 
 
 
iSCHOOL CAREER SERVICES
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have questions about career fairs, job applications, networking, and other iSchool programs, please contact an iSchool Careers staff member.

Need advice? Make an appointment with Rebecca Hodson, Assistant Director of Career Services

         iSchool Resources Guide

To prepare for the iSchool virtual career fairs we have several resources available.

Immigration Attorney Presentation For International Students
Invited immigration attorneys will speak about visa options for international students who are interested in staying in the U.S. after their OPT period. They will also share their insights on the future of the H1B program. 
Friday, September 25, 4pm - 5pm
Register on Handshake
Sponsor by The Career Center

 
 
 
 
ISCHOOL EVENTS
 
 
 
  
   
 
 
 

iSchool Employer Session with Northwestern Medicine
Information Technology Department iSchool Info Session | Sep 18, 2020   11:00 - 11:45 am
This Info Session will be focused on introducing UIUC students to Northwestern Medicine's Information Services Department.

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ISCHOOL INVOLVEMENT
 
 
 
 

Are you interested in putting your computer and technical skills to good use? Do you like working with a variety of people?  If so, then you should think about becoming one of the U of I Tech Volunteers at Clark-Lindsey Village (a retirement community located just south of campus at Windsor and Race).  The U of I Tech Help at CLV Project started as a service-learning opportunity 12.5 years ago.  Students spend an hour on Friday afternoons (from 3-4 pm) in the CLV library helping residents with basic tech-related issues ranging from document formatting and setting up email on mobile devices to troubleshooting printers and using FaceTime, and everything else in between!  Check out this 2013 YouTube video about the project!

Use your skills to make a positive impact in someone else’s life!  Become a Tech Volunteer! Bring a friend!!  Help spread the word! This project is open to anyone on campus- not just INFO students.

If you are interested in participating this summer or in the fall, please send Karin Readel an email (kereadel@illinois.edu) to be added to the list.

 
 

Graphic Possibilities
Comics as Data Wikidata Edit-a-thon
October 8th & 9th 2020
Sessions will run from 9:00-3:00pm EST | Register

This Wikidata event seeks to address gaps in the digital record about comics in North America. In collaboration with colleagues at Michigan State University, University of North Texas, Ohio State University, University of Florida, and University of South Carolina to update entries linked to comics authors and publishers from the 1940s. No Wikidata experience required!

 
 
 
 
CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS, VOLUNTEERING, & INVOLVEMENT
 
 
 
 

Internship Opportunities with Research Park

Click here to check out the Research Park Job Board and see all of their openings. 

Illini Atheletics, Street Team - Fighting Illini Marketing Team
Join the Fighting Illini Marketing Team and gain valuable sports marketing, advertising and event presentation experience. Prepare yourself for a post-graduate career in sports marketing. Please submit your resume and a cover letter to Giana O'Connor at gmoconn2@illinois.edu to apply. In your cover letter, please state what qualifies you for the position and what you could bring to our team in this role.

The Career Center: Social Media & Digital Communications Intern
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, creative and ambitious intern who will help strengthen our brand presence -  online, throughout the Illinois community, and across multiple social media platforms. In addition, our intern will be responsible for coordinating and assisting with digital communications efforts for The Career Center. This is a great opportunity to build your professional portfolio while gaining valuable work experience! *Please note this position will be virtual for Fall 2020.

 
 
 
 
OFF CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS & FULL-TIME POSITIONS
 
 
 
 
 
 

We’d like to inform you about an exciting job opportunity for current seniors. The research department at the Chicago Fed is looking to hire a number of research assistants to start in the summer of 2021. This position is structured as a rigorous two-year research assistantship meant to provide empirical and theoretical skills in preparation for graduate school. Most of our RAs enroll in a graduate program upon departure from the Fed.

 
 
 
 

SGCI offers summer and year-round learning experiences through our internship programs. The internship program is open to students anywhere in the country. Check the Jobs section of our website for non-SGCI internship opportunities.

Apply now for the 2020-2021 Academic-Year Internship program. We will begin to review applications on July 6, 2020 (fall placements), and November 5, 2020 (winter/spring placements). The review process will continue on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

 
 

HCI/UX Design Related Positions - Illinois

Data Science & Analytics Related Positions - Illinois

IT Related Positions - Illinois

Other Internship & Full-Time Opportunities [Non-Illinois Based]

 
 
 
 
EVENTS
 
 
 
 

Gies College of Business Full-Time Virtual Career Fair [Open to Information Sciences Students] Sep 17, 2020   10:00 am - 4:00 pm   Registration

Gies College of Business Internship Virtual Career Fair [Open to Information Sciences Students] Sep 18, 2020   10:00 am - 4:00 pm Registration

Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 5:30-7:00 pm, Location TBD
Do you want to build your professional network and learn more about  tech companies in Research Park and  Champaign-Urbana? Catalyze: A Professional Networking event is an opportunity to enjoy conversation and build connections in an informal but organized environment. Meet companies located in Research Park and the local CU community that range from Fortune 500 companies to startups.

 
 
 
 

Tuesday, Sept. 22 from Noon – 3 pm.  An opportunity for students to connect with employers & get feedback on their resumes.

  • Resume review slots will be 10 minutes long through Zoom
  • Slots are first-come-first served
  • Deadline to sign up is September 20th, 11:55pm
  • Students that sign up will be emailed a confirmation with the zoom link on Monday, September 21
  • Students can sign up for a resume review slot in Handshake (The signup is through the Handshake interview module, but they will be signing up for a resume review)
 
 
ThinkChicago Chicago Ideas Week 2020 October 27-29
 
 
 
Tues., Sept. 29 4:00-6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sept 17, 2020   11:30 am - 12:30 pm

 
 
 
 

Sept 18, 2020   12:00 - 1:30 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sept 18, 2020   12:00 - 1:30 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 17, 2020   5:00 - 5:30 pm  

 
 
 
 

Oct 7, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 18, 2020   5:00 - 6:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 18, 2020   10:30 am - 12:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 22, 2020   4:00 - 5:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 17, 2020   3:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 29, 2020 - Oct 1, 2020   11:00 am - 5:30 pm  

 
 
 
 

Sep 30, 2020   1:00 - 4:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Oct 14, 2020   2:00 - 3:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Oct 7, 2020   5:00 - 6:00 pm

 
 
 
 
Citadel and Citadel Securities Career Series

Investment & Trading | Sept 22, 2020 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Investment & Trading | Sept 29, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Quantitative Research | Sep 24, 2020 6:00 - 7:30 pm  
Quantitative Research | Oct 1, 2020 12:00 - 1:30 pm

 
 
 
 
Merkle Digital Media, Marketing, Analytics and D&I Events

Sep 22, 2020   1:30 - 3:30 pm  
Oct 6, 2020   10:30 am - 12:00 pm  
Oct 14, 2020   11:30 am - 1:00 pm  
Oct 19, 2020   10:30 am - 12:00 pm  
Oct 26, 2020   10:30 am - 12:00 pm  

 
 
 
 
PetSmart Info Sessions

PetSmart Information Technology Internship Fair: Oct 1, 2020   11:00 am - 1:00 pm
PetSmart Customer Experience and Marketing Career Fair: Oct 16, 2020   11:00 am - 12:00 pm

PetSmart Information Technology Internship Fair: Oct 19, 2020   2:00 - 4:00 pm  

 
 
 
 
WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS
 
 
 
 
Design 101 Workshop - AIGA & Design Innovation Illinois
 
 
 
 
 

Join Zebra Technologies Corporation and the Zebras of African Descent (ZAD) Inclusion Network for a panel discussion on “ADULTING WHILE BLACK: FROM THE QUAD TO THE CUBE” where we will discuss real career conversations for Black professionals in tech. Sep 24, 2020   5:30 - 7:00 pm  

 
 
 
 

Join us for a discussion with two Google Technical Recruiters! They’ll be going over the most important areas to highlight on a resume, ways to have a strong online presence, and answering the most common resume-related questions they get from candidates. Sep 21, 6:00-6:30 pm

 
 
 
 

The purpose of this event is to acknowledge and discuss the disparity of women in leadership positions and ways that this gap can be closed. Students will hear from women within leadership at Huron on their journey, why women in leadership is important as well as highlight steps that can be taken to mitigate this trend. We will also include an ally perspective on what they can do to support and help advocate for women within leadership. Sep 24, 2020   5:00 - 6:00 pm  

Huron - Let’s Be Real: Understanding Bias | Oct 2, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  

Let’s challenge the status quo by acknowledging different biases and the effects they have. During this event, we will provide the space to highlight the importance of being aware of the biases we hold and ways we can address biases when confronted with them. Allowing the opportunity to challenge ourselves; we want this event to provide guidance on how to hold yourself and others accountable, heighten self-awareness and change our mindset.

 
 
 
 

Dec 8, 2020 | 11:00am [informationisbeautiful]

 
 
 
 
BuiltInChi Sessions

Navigate the new normal with innovative COVID-19 monitoring solutions | Sep 23, 2020   10:30 - 11:15 am

Day in the Life of a Data Scientist | Sep 30, 2020   2:00 - 3:00 pm  

Bringing real-time AI to the Edge Webinar | Sep 30, 2020   11:00 - 11:45 am  

Design Your Life®, Design Your Own Career | Oct 1, 2020   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Made in the Midwest: The State of the Midwest Startup Ecosystem | Oct 5, 2020   4:00 - 5:30 pm  

Diverse Voices in Tech: Leveraging Your Superpower | Oct 26, 2020   6:00 - 7:00 pm  

 The Rise of Cloud Software: Relativity's Journey to the Cloud | Oct 29, 2020   2:00 - 2:45 pm

 
   
 
 
 

PygHack event: Thursday, September 24th through Saturday, September 26th

You have a great opportunity to showcase your data skills as part of the PygHack event happening in a couple weeks.  The event will be virtual this year and run from Thursday, September 24th through Saturday, September 26th.  The goal of the event is to work in teams to help benefit the local community.  Registration is free and there are prizes totaling $2000 for winning submissions.

Here are the relevant links for the event:

1) PygHack website: http://www.pyghack.com

2) PygHack event info: https://pyghack2020.devpost.com

3) PygHack registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pyghack-2020-tickets-117293978447

Coding Competition 

 

This fall, Correlation One and Citadel are inviting students from UIUC, University of Michigan, and other top schools in the area to compete in Terminal Live: a games-based coding competition. Taking place between October 5 - 12, teams will be able to work remotely on their submissions for a week on their own schedules. The prize is $25,000 and exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel. 
Watch this video to learn more.  
Click here to apply.

Virtual Leadership Certificate Workshops
Virtual Leadership Training
The Illinois Leadership Center is happy to share that they now have a couple of online leadership training available for students. If needed, students are able to receive documentation as a confirmation for completing these programs. They are also offering virtual workshops for the Leadership Certificate Program. For questions or assistance, please contact leadership@illinois.edu 

2020 NSF Cybersecurity Summit for Large Facilities and Cyberinfrastructure | Sep 22, 2020 - Sep 24, 2020 All Day
Registration is now open. The NSF cyberinfrastructure ecosystem presents an aggregate of complex cybersecurity needs (e.g., scientific data and instruments, unique computational and storage resources, complex collaborations) as compared to other organizations and sectors. This community has a unique opportunity to develop information security practices tailored to these needs as well as break new ground on efficient, effective ways to protect information assets while supporting science.

Illinois Ignite 2020 | Sep 24, 2020   All Day | Virtual
Illinois Ignite is a biennial event showcasing technologies and start-ups emerging from prominent research universities in Illinois.

OKLAHOMA SUPERCOMPUTING SYMPOSIUM 2020 | Sep 30, 2020   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Blue Waters Webinar: "The Geometry of Data: Tackling the Challenges of Machine Learning at Scale" | Oct 6, 2020   10:00 - 11:30 am  

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
FFAR and USFRA: Introducing the Agriculture Climate Partnership, and a Call to Action | Oct 8
FFAR Data Strategy and Policy Discussion | Oct 15  

Maritime Risk Symposium (MRS 2020) | Oct 26, 2020 - Oct 30

SBIR Road Tour
Research Park | Oct 19, 2020   9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us on Monday, October 19 from 9-4PM for the SBIR Road Show. This national outreach event provides attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from participating federal agency program managers and meet one-on-one to discuss possible technology development through SBIR/STTR funding. 

Female Founders & the SBIR Program: Challenges & Opportunities with Research Park | Oct 21, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Big Data Summit [Updated!]
November 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, & 13th | Virtual
This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.

Colloquium on Digital Transformation Science: Virtual Sessions

  • Learning Spatiotemporal Models for Testing, Contact Tracing, and Reopening Decisions | Sep 17th, 3pm
  • Secure Federated Learning for Clinical Informatics with Applications to the COVID-19 Pandemic | Sep 24nd, 3pm  
  • Improving Fairness & Equity in COVID-19 Policy Applications of Machine Learning | Oct 1st, 3pm  
  • Machine Learning Support for Emergency Triage of Pulmonary Collapse in COVID-19 | Oct 8th, 3pm
  • Solving “Prediction Problems” in Health, from Heart Attacks to COVID-19 | Oct 8th, 3pm
  • COVIDScholar: An NLP Hub for COVID-19 Research Literature | Oct 15th, 3pm
  • Machine Learning-based Design of Proteins, Small Molecules, and Beyond | Oct 22nd, 3pm
  • Reliable Predictions? Counterfactual Predictions? Equitable Treatment? Some Recent Progress in Predictive Inference | Oct 29th, 3pm
  • Reconstructing SARS-COV-2 Response Pathways | Nov 5th, 3pm
  • Mathematics of Deep Learning | Nov 12th, 12pm
  • Mining Diagnostics Sequences for SARS-CoV-2 Using Variation-Aware, Graph-Based Machine Learning Approaches Applied to SARS-CoV-1, SARS-CoV-2, and MERS Datasets | Nov 19th, 3pm
  • Bringing Social Distancing to Light: Architectural Interventions for COVID-19 Containment | Dec 3rd, 3pm
  • Housing Precarity, Eviction, and Inequality in the Wake of COVID-19 | Dec 10th, 3pm

Center for Artifical Intelligence Innovation (Illinois NSCA): CAii Fall Seminar Series

  • DESIGN AND CONTROL OF SOFT MUSCULOSKELETAL ARCHITECTURES | Sep 21, Monday 11:00am
  • APPLICATIONS OF AI AND PARALLEL COMPUTING FOR CROP IMPROVEMENT | Sep 28, Monday 11:00am
  • MACHINE LEARNING FOR QUANTUM COMPUTING AND QUANTUM MATTER |  Oct 5, Monday 11:00am
  • CONVOLUTIONAL TENSOR-TRAIN LSTM FOR SPATIO-TEMPORAL LEARNING | Oct 12, Monday 11:00am
  • THE GEOMETRY OF DATA: AN INTERPRETATION OF THE CHALLENGES OF TRAINING MODELS AT SCALE | Oct 19, Monday 11:00am
  • TOPOLOGICAL OBSTRUCTIONS TO AUTOENCODERS | Oct 26, Monday 11:00am
  • DEMYSTIFYING HARDWARE ACCELERATION FOR MACHINE LEARNING| Oct 2, Monday 11:00am
  • CHEMICAL IMAGING FOR AN EXPANDED VIEW OF THE PATHOLOGIC BASIS OF DISEASE: A CHALLENGE FOR AI | Nov 9, Monday 11:00am
  • DATA HETEROGENEITY AND DISEASE SURVEILLANCE: IMPACTS ON PRECISION AND ACCURACY | Nov 16, Monday 11:00am

Startup Cafe with Eli Lazar: The Entrepreneurial Journey of SNOOZ | Oct 7, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  

Startup Cafe with Robin Berthier: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Network Perception | Oct 29, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Startup Café with Zeba Parkar: An Entrepreneurial Journey | Nov 18, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  

 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY MEETUP GROUPS
 
 
 
 
Champaign-Urbana Data Science User Group
The aim of the user group is to build a community of interest around data science to foster learning, collaboration, and networking. The group serves both students and professionals to bridge the gap between the analytical sciences and practical applications of industry. Read More
 
Py-CU: Python Software Foundation Meetup Pro Network
We are a bunch of people who want to get together to learn, teach, share and discuss all things related to the Python programming language and other programming topics. We love Python but we also love coding languages in general. Read More
 
UX Champaign-Urbana (CU)
Join us for activities every month. We coordinate UX Book Club meetups and Content Strategy meetups every month. We are also a local chapter of IxDA. Interact with students and professionals looking to share their passion and knowledge of UX, IA, UI, IxD, etc. Anyone can attend — just come with an open mind and an interest in the subject. Read More
 

Champaign Blockchain Meetup
This is group is for anyone interested in distributed ledger technology (i.e. blockchains, cryptography, smart contracts, decentralized applications (DApps) cryptocurrency/tokens, and relevant related subjects). Read More

AnsibleCU
Leverage Ansible, Terraform, and other Infrastructure as Code tools to increase efficiency and reduce time spent on routine server configuration. Read More

Central Illinois Digital Forensics User Group
East Central Illinois has quietly become a focal point for the art, science and occasional black magic of digital forensics - the analysis of digital data for investigative purposes. Between law enforcement, private investigators, and University faculty, staff and students, there is now a diverse group of people with skills and experience in the field. Read More

Champaign Urbana Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meetup
Professionals and students in Champaign-Urbana Illinois and the surrounding region with an interest in cloud computing platforms including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud. Read More

 
 
 
 
CAREER CENTER EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
 
 
 
 
 
 

Returning Home: China - Career Opportunities and Industry Trends in the Internet Industry: Sep 18, 2020   8:00 - 9:00 pm

International Student Job Search and Networking Workshop: Sep 25, 2020   9:00 - 10:00 am  

International Student Job Search and Networking Workshop: Oct 1, 2020   4:00 - 5:00 pm  

 
 

Join The Career Center for a myriad of events! *Many of their services have shifted to virtual meetings.

Try Big Interview!

If you are a current student and want some practice before a job interview, check out the University of Illinois' Big Interview online resources. They provide tools and resources to help prepare students for job interviews including: virtual mock interviews, a large database of questions with tips for answering them, a video training system, and more. To register:

  1. Go to https://illinois.biginterview.com/ and click "Register".
  2. Enter your school email address, name, and password, and click “Create my Account”
  3. Log in and start using Big Interview.

Mock Interviews with the Career Center

Drop-In Career Advising

Career Closet [Temporarily Closed]

Resume, LinkedIn, and Cover Letter Reviews

Career Center Resource Library
Searching for jobs or internships? Stop by The Career Center Library to check out hundreds of books on career exploration, interviews, job hunting, applying to graduate school, and more. Read more.

Last week’s online chat between recruiters from EY and Uber with a VP from Handshake and Johns Hopkins’ Career Services Director has been archived here for anyone interested. Vision Chats - Jobs, Internships, and College Recruiting in a Covid-19 Economy, March 26, 2020

 
 
 
 
CONNECT
 
 
 
 

Questions for the Undergraduate Program? ischool-is@illinois.edu

 
 
 
 
 
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