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September 23, 2018

This newsletter from the Graduate College features notable opportunities for University of Illinois graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop skills, engage with employers, and learn more about meaningful career opportunities. For advice on networking, applying for jobs, and more, check out our online career development resources.

Tip of the Week

What does your professional online profile say about you? Whether writing your bio in Handshake or summary for LinkedIn, these sections are a great space to give some context to your experience and tell people visiting your page what you want. Begin with a compelling hook, then give a broad overview of who you are and your accomplishments. Your tone should be professional but not robotic. Inject some personality by telling a story or writing in the first person, but keep it concise (aim for no more than 150 words).

Upcoming Career Exploration Opportunities

The Graduate College offers a range of professional development workshops to help you achieve your goals, explore broad careers, communicate effectively, and land a job that's right for you. Click here for the full list of Fall 2018 workshops.


Tuesdays, October 30 - November 27
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
304/308 Coble Hall

The Career Exploration Group is a collaborative forum for graduate students who are changing or uncertain about their career plans. Participants will work with career advisors to identify and explore broader career options that fit their individual skills, interests, and values. (Please note that this is not a job search group. We will not be workshopping application documents or discussing in detail the process of searching for a job.) Graduate students of all disciplines and degree levels are encouraged to attend.
Registration for Career Exploration Group is required.


Thursdays, November 1 - December 6
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
304/308 Coble Hal

The "What Can I Do with a PhD in the Humanities?" Group provides a guided discovery process and collaborative environment for graduate students in the humanities who are interested in exploring broader career options. Participants will work with a career advisor with a humanities PhD to identify and explore options that fit their skills, interests and values. Students in any field whose work involves humanistic inquiry, regardless of department, are welcome to participate.
Registration for the Humanities group is required.

Events on Campus

There are a multitude of professional development events and opportunities to connect with employers happening across campus. See what's coming up soon below.


Submission deadline: 11:59 pm on September 30

Are you an international student who wants to be more competitive in today’s global job market? Do you want to develop the key skills needed for career success? If so, consider entering the 2018 International Career Festival career development competition. Registration is now open for self-selected teams of two, and International students from all degree levels and majors are welcome to apply. The elevator pitch and interview question portion of the competition will take place at the 2018 International Career Festival – a campus-wide, half-day event dedicated solely to international students – on October 20th.  For more information and directions on how to submit your team’s application materials, see the competition guidelines in Handshake.

Handshake 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

Third Way’s Clean Energy Program is seeking a Policy Advisor to join its efforts to create a zero-carbon energy future. This individual will analyze emerging trends in clean energy technologies and policies, explain these trends to an informed audience through written and digital content and collaborate with teammates and external partners on strategies to advance key policy priorities.


Applications accepted until: September 30

Jacaranda has a compelling story of success, its operations team in Kenya has generated remarkable innovations in maternal health, and its team and clients are passionate about their work. The Knowledge Management and Communications Fellow will help Jacaranda synthesize what they are learning and work with other players in the global health landscape to share and expand their influence. Jacaranda seeks someone who is a consummate consultant and communicator, who wants to apply those talents to shape global health.


Applications accepted until: September 30

The Plant Engineering (PE) Support Engineer develops, designs, tests, integrates, and deploys system software and hardware solutions. He/She is responsible for designing and implementing solutions to protect, standardize, and improve existing real time Plant Engineering (PE) Systems. This position provides field support and conducts site visits to evaluate performance, review installations, and provide project support.


Applications accepted until: September 30

The Research Associate supports the research and dissemination of global cities publications; engagement with nonresident fellows, partners, and constituents; and content for digital communications platforms. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to providing research support, assisting in writing and editing drafts of global cities reports, working with the Communications team to design and carry out dissemination strategies of global cities research through digital platforms, assisting as needed with the presentation of research and publications, and managing production and distribution of global cities newsletters and news briefs.

Other Opportunities

We went looking for jobs and other opportunities that would be perfect for grad students and postdocs but aren’t on Handshake. See what we found below.


Applications accepted until: October 1

The Administrative Fellowship is a one-year management experience with the opportunity to apply graduate study principles in the practical work setting of a fully integrated health care delivery system. Carle and Health Alliance Fellows will gain experience by working in a variety of departments throughout Carle Foundation Hospital, the Carle Physician Group, and Health Alliance Medical Plans. Fellows will support key initiatives and projects in each area, participate in senior leadership team meetings, and work as part of multi-disciplinary teams and independently to advance the strategic goals of Carle and Health Alliance.


Applications accepted until: October 8

The fellowship term will provide insight in critical aspects of museum work including exhibitions, research, collections management, conservation, art handling, education, and publications. The Fellow will be expected to participate in the Museum’s programmatic and intellectual life during regular staff hours. Responsibilities include working with the assigned curatorial supervisor on exhibitions and explore possible topics in exhibition development, assisting with the development of the museum’s growing digital and online presence, and producing collection based research, including research of the museum’s collection.


Applications accepted until position filled

Do you enjoy cleaning and organizing data? Managing a variety of information and data points? Do you enjoy managing your own projects and working on both a team and independently? We’re looking for a talented and experienced student to be responsible for cleaning, managing, analyzing and inputting company information into our Salesforce database. You will may also be asked to help with database administration and the information management objectives of the Research Park and EnterpriseWorks.


Applications accepted until position filled

The Science Officer is responsible for administering and reporting on a portfolio of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program's funded research projects related to Neuroscience. They perform studies, analyses, and evaluations across a wide variety of domains and provides recommendations to client organizations to improve the organization’s mission performance and supports development and execution of programs to implement solutions.


Applications accepted until position filled

The Senior Associate Director, Research Partnerships will focus on developing and executing integrated strategies to engage patients in clinical research. The Foundation seeks a leader to pioneer innovation in research participation by combining traditional, on-the ground approaches with technology solutions and integrated marketing strategies to accelerate field-wide advancements in Parkinson’s trial recruitment. Success in this position requires close collaboration with MJFF’s marketing and communications teams, as well as management of diverse external players such as technology vendors, academic research centers, biopharma trial sponsors, patients and other collaborators.


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