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February 10, 2019

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

Does your cover letter introduction spark joy? If not, perhaps it is time to revist the traditional approach. If you are using the standard "I am writing to apply for X position" your letter is likely to get lost among similarly-worded applications. A more engaging intro can be both professional and show personality. Think about the reasons why you want that job; what drew your attention enough to take the time to write about your fit for the position? Use those thoughts to craft an introduction that presents yourself and shows the connection between you and the role.

2019 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

Application deadline: March 13

ACLS invites applications for the ninth competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $68,000 per year and have access to individual health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term. Additional details and application information can be found at:

Workshops and Events

Thursday, February 14
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Engineering Hall 106B1

Campus News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates will talk about how to identify your audience, write about research and become a credible media source.


Tuesday, February 19
Illini Union Room B

The Spring 2019 Statistics and Mathematics Career Forum will be held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and the afternoon session will be from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Graduate and undergraduate Statistics, Statistics + CS, Math, and Math + CS majors are welcome to attend. For information on attending companies refer to a list at


Thursday, February 21
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Engineering Hall 106B1

We’ve all seen PowerPoint presentations with too much text, unappealing visuals, or a combination of both. This workshop discusses strategies for creating visual materials that help enhance (and not detract from) your research.


Application deadline: March 4

Want to learn more about what working at an academic press is really like? The Graduate College Career Development Office has partnered with the University of Illinois Press to design a one-day experience to give interested graduate students an opportunity to try out the work done at an academic press. The experience will take place on Thursday, April 18 and include an overview and tour of the University of Illinois Press; a guided, hands-on project involving a real task in one of six departments; exclusive conversations with press staff; and a free lunch! No previous experience is required.

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: February 28

The Director of Science Education and Outreach leads the Center’s programs in public science education, providing programming based both at the Center and through partner institutions. The Director will work collaboratively with Danforth Center scientists to develop and deliver innovative science education and outreach programs related to ongoing research and will oversee flagship educational programming. In addition, the Director will work to enhance science education and mentoring in St. Louis schools, and will offer professional development and training for science educators.


Applications accepted until February 28

NovoEd seeks exceptional educators who take the initiative and know how to manage projects to join our team to run our new online programs. Responsibilities include designing program curricula, including identifying learning goals, building syllabi, collaborating with instructors, and planning the course as well as managing complex projects with dozens of moving pieces, including orienting new customers to the NovoEd platform.


Applications accepted until: February 28

Design, develop, tackle problems, and debug software programs for enhancements and new products. Develop software and tools in support of design, infrastructure and technology platforms, including operating systems, compilers, routers, networks, utilities, databases and Internet-related tools. Analyze hardware compatibility and/or influences on hardware design. Areas of available positions: Applications Development, Database Development, Embedded Networking and OS Development, IT, Security, Test & Quality, Web Services.


Applications accepted until: February 28

The role will focus on building and refining global strategic HR Analytics capabilities using a variety of systems, processes and metrics to ensure that timely, accurate and insightful information is available to company decision makers. The ideal candidate will play a key consultative role to our internal customers, including identifying strategic information needs, conducting data and process analyses, providing actionable recommendations, and executing planning and analytical projects that support the organization's strategic objectives.

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: February 15

Research!America, a nonprofit membership alliance that advocates for science, discovery, and innovation is seeking a key staff member to support science outreach initiatives. The Coordinator of Science Outreach provides expert support and coordination of the Science CEO group and will be instrumental in outreach with the science community through innovative civic engagement programs including working with student and post-doc science policy groups; exploring potential community-facing initiatives for science policy student groups; and seeking opportunities to provide science communications workshops. 


Applications accepted until: February 28

The Modern Language Association is looking for an ambitious, enterprising humanities enthusiast who can help us build programs to promote and support the versatility of humanities training and the broad range of occupations available to students in the humanities. The career services coordinator will organize professional development activities for faculty members and graduate students; present at regional and national conferences; create and compile resources to help humanities departments support the diverse career ambitions and outcomes of their students at all levels.


Applications accepted until: March 8

The Henry Ford’s Simmons Internship Program is designed for current graduate students pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, conservation labs, or related fields. This internship provides participants with an opportunity to gain in-depth work experience in a major American history museum. Simmons interns are awarded stipends for a minimum 12-week full time internship. Starting and ending dates for individual internships are negotiable.


Applicactions accepted until position filled

The Lewis-Sigler Fellows Program provides opportunities for those who are expecting or have recently obtained a Ph.D. degree in areas relevant to modern quantitative and computational biology, including biologically relevant chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or engineering. The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to carry out independent research aimed at understanding how biological systems organize, integrate and carry out complex processes.


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