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March 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

“What to wear” is often a point of stress leading up to an interview. Professional norms vary, but in general, you should aim to dress up one level above daily workplace attire. Try on clothes ahead of time, especially if you will be presenting or moving around during the interview. Your outfit should inspire confidence but also reflect you as an individual. Know that there are gender non-conforming and gender neutral options for interview attire. Most importantly, your clothing should be clean and fit well. In need of a wardrobe update on a budget? Check out The Career Center's Career Closet and Suit-Up Event later this month.

Workshops and Events

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.


Wednesday, March 13
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Lincoln Hall 1090

How can you create effective application materials for your job search? In this workshop, you will learn how to choose and craft tailored documents that effectively highlights your skills to employers.


Thursday, March 14
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 1027

What are interviews like for jobs in industry and nonprofits? What are interviewers looking for? In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the basics of the non-academic interview process and get answers to these questions. You’ll also have a chance to practice answering interview questions and get feedback to help you improve. 
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: March 15

UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, is seeking a Program Specialist to lead the implementation of its Young Adult Re-Entry Initiative. This includes providing technical assistance to sub-grantees, collecting Affiliate narrative and financial reports, reporting to the U.S. Department of Labor, and conducting site visits and audits. The program will enable the re-entry of 500 young adults into the workforce through education, training, and job placement.


Applications accepted until March 29

B&R Industrial Automation is a leading developer and manufacturer of control systems for the industrial automation market. The Automation Academy team is comprised of automation engineers who help customers learn how to program B&R controls.
In the role of Training Engineer, your main task is to deliver standardized control programming training to new customers and customer engineers new to B&R technology.


Applications accepted until: March 31

Southco is the leading global manufacturer of Engineered Access Hardware with manufacturing and engineering facilities worldwide. The Learning Management System Specialist plans, designs and oversees development of online learning content and supports the daily functions of Southco University including working with business partners to identify and create company, role or functional based training curricula.

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 position is filled

The SFJAZZ Center is a beautiful and perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The primary responsibilities of this position include the branding, messaging and implementation of education outreach initiatives, project management of department print and digital marketing needs, oversight of the organization’s community partnerships and ticket outreach efforts, and strategizing on ways to strengthen the integration of the education mission across the entire organization.


Applications accepted until position filled

The Project Development Director will lead the project and international proposal preparation in collaboration with faculty and administration. Main responsibilities will include but are not limited to assisting faculty in international engagement efforts and meeting with and establishing liaisons with corporations, foundations, governments, NGOs and international bodies to lay a foundation for project partnership.


Applications accepted until position filled

Adobe’s Design Team is looking for an intern to learn the ins and outs of product research and strategy while assisting the inclusive design team in developing a robust framework to improve inclusive design practices. Our goal is to make Adobe products truly inclusive for users with diverse backgrounds and abilities. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone in a masters or PhD program to put their research and communication skills to use while learning about the complexity of product design at a large company.


Applications accepted until position filled

The RPA Summer Hack Program at the AbbVie Innovation Center in Research Park is for students who are able to work in parallel to their school schedule. Participants in the program will implement RPA ‘bots’ designed to deliver actual business value and participate throughout the summer in lunch-and-learn presentations, training sessions, and activities surrounding the world of AbbVie. Students will be working with many AbbVie professionals and be exposed through seeing how employees each work in their own ways to make a remarkable impact for patients.


Applicactions accepted until position filled

The LEGO Group needs advanced analytics to discover deeper insights, make predictions or generate recommendations in a quickly expanding Big Data reality. Data Scientists may sometimes be presented with big data without a business problem in mind. The Data Scientist is expected to explore the data, come up with the right questions and provide interesting findings. To be successful, the Senior Data Scientist should have a very broad knowledge of different techniques in machine learning, data mining, statistics and big data infrastructures.


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