The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), Research, Honors Program, Student Groups, Social Events, Mentor Program, Advising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development.
iSchool B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) Intercollegiate Transfer Sessions (ICT) are now available! You will find details below, and on the ICT Page of our website. Find details about the application, degree, careers, and more: BS/IS Website
Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework. [We are Currently not holding Express Advising. Please register for an advising appointment]
Details available on our website about the application process, including requirements, materials, and dates. Fall 2020 is the first term we are able to admit students to the BS/IS program, and the application is available March 10. COVID-19 Updates.*
Summer 2020 Courses
We have a few IS/INFO courses available for the Summer 2020 semester, please find the information below. Visit our BS/IS website for additional details about our degree. Make sure to check the Course Explorer for Restrictions and Prerequisites on courses (some may have restrictions based on level or for a specific curriculum until a certain date).
Fall 2020 Courses
We have various IS/INFO elective courses available for the Fall 2020 semester along with the courses required for the program. Visit our BS/IS website for additional details about our degree. Make sure to check the Course Explorer for Restrictions and Prerequisites on courses (some may have restrictions based on level or for a specific curriculum until a certain date).
BS/IS INTERCOLLEGIATE TRANSFER (ICT) SESSIONS
Students interested in the B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) degree should attend one of our upcoming Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) Sessions. We will provide you with helpful details about the iSchool, degree, and the ICT requirements and application process. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply. Please register in advance for one of the sessions below. (two late sessions are added for students unable to attend earlier sessions):
Thursday, May 14
Register to receive the link
iSchool faculty have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Read some highlights from our faculty involved with our BS/IS Undergraduate Degree and courses. Faculty Profiles
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 Networking & Career Fair - Save the Date!
October 7, 2020
Students and alumni are invited to meet iSchool employers and professional organizations. Details and registration will be available on Handshake late summer 2020.
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 (email@example.com) to be added to the list.
NCSA SPIN Internship Program
NCSA has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is now accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply, please visit our website, spin.ncsa.illinois.edu, and click on the “Mentors” tab to learn about the SPIN projects, and then click on the “Apply” tab. The application deadline is June 1, 2020.
SPIN Academic Year 2020-21 program details:
Program dates: August 24, 2020 – May 5, 2021 (Fall and Spring semesters)
Work 5 hours/week for 16 weeks each semester
SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees
Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester
No restriction on year of study or major
International students are eligible
Women's Resource Center Internships The WRC is now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 internships. Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are currently OPEN, and will remain open until all positions are filled. The three different positions are Programming Intern, Graphic Design Intern, and Marketing & Communications Intern. Position descriptions can be found below. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview during finals week, or as applications are received.
To apply, please complete this form: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3244939. Also note that you will be asked to upload PDF files of your cover letter, resume, and portfolio / work sample (Graphic Design applicants only) at the end of the form. If you have any questions, please direct them to Clare Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EnterpriseWorks Weekly Tour
Most Fridays from 4 to 4:30PM
Check Research Park Calendar for availability
EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Dr, Champaign
Want to learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities throughout EnterpriseWorks, the startup incubator of the Research Park? Aren't sure what a startup incubator is? Learn from student and staff ambassadors about different networking opportunities and resources EnterpriseWorks has to offer and various ways to get involved.
No registration is required. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Jenny Kim at email@example.com to schedule your tour.
If you have questions and/or need accomodations for this event, please email Cathy McArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internship Opportunities with Research Park
Click here to check out the Research Park Job Board and see all of their openings.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
GLOBE Fall 2020
Global leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE) offers you an opportunity to make connections with Orange members (new incoming students), build intercultural communication skills, leadership experience, and lifelong friendships. Apply today to become a GLOBE member! Accepting Blue applications now, priority date: July 1. Details and application.
I-Guide Volunteer Move-In Weekend
We need VOLUNTEERS like you to help keep the tradition going. We hope you will be as excited about being an I-Guide as other Illinois students have been for more than 70 years! Thousands of new students join our community for the first time each year. Serving as an I-Guide is a great opportunity to introduce students and their families to campus and make a real impact. I-Guides wearing orange shirts are an integral part of Move-In day, helping new students and their families move in and transition to campus life.
Big Data Summit
Thursday, November 12, 2020, I-Hotel & Conference Center
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.
Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 5:30-7:00 pm, EnterpriseWorks Atrium
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.
New Academic Program | TE498: Illinois Deep Tech Accelerator
This academic-based startup accelerator will mentor teams in the process of deep tech commercialization. Projects will typically originate from university- or government-funded research but can come from viable deep tech anywhere within the academic ecosystem. Coaching will be provided by entrepreneurs and academics with experience in founding and funding technology companies.Learn more and apply.
Technology Entrepreneur Center
[Siebel Center for Design Courses] TE 401: Intro to Design Thinking - Our foundational course. Students will learn the basics of the design thinking approach. (Mondays, 4-5:50 PM CRN: 71027 & Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:50 AM. CRN: 67794 )
TE 401: Design Thinking for Social Impact - This course tackles social needs and issues through an immersive exploration of design thinking. (Wednesdays, 4 - 5:50 PM. CRN: 72305)
TE 401: Design Thinking for Women's Health & Wellbeing - Students will use design thinking and creativity to explore the intersection of technology and women's health and wellbeing issues. (Thursdays, 10 - 11:50 AM. CRN: 67795)
TE 398: Successful Storytelling: Designing the Ultimate Pitch - Students will learn storytelling skills with the aim of improving their project pitching ability. (Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:50 PM. CRN: 71026)
Handshake Internship Opportunities [Illinois Based]
Handshake Internship Opportunities [Non-Illinois Based]
ThinkChicago Spring 2020 Resume Book | Deadline: May. 22
ThinkChicago has launched Spring 2020 Resume Book in partnership with Chicago and Illinois university partners. The progam aims to help university students explore career opportunities and directly connect with future employers about job opportunities and internships, especially for those students who want to work for a Chicago tech and innovation company. Application deadline is May 22, 2020. Learn more and apply. Stay tuned for more tech talks and other virtual events coming soon.
The James Dyson Award
The James Dyson Award is an international award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem. It is open to current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years. Students that enter have the opportunity to win $2,500 as a national winner and $35,000 as an international winner, along with a donation of $6,000 to the departments that supported them. Learn more.
We CU Community Engaged Scholars. Please submit your interest!
This summer scholars program is launching to empower University of Illinois students to respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars will receive the following:
- A new community-based project matched to your interests, or support for existing projects, that can be completed remotely
- Tools for tracking service hours and activities
- Online training and support
- Opportunity to apply for mini grants to offset costs associated with service activities
- Honor and recognition for completing at least 40 hours of service during the 10-week summer program
We CU Community Engaged Scholars may address a range of COVID-19 issues related to health promotion and disease prevention, economic recovery, social equity, communication, technology, and more. Scholars will be trained, supported, and actively engaged in the service and engagement mission of our university.
Please refer to the one-page program summary, including frequently asked questions, and contact Emily Stone (email@example.com) with additional questions. You may submit your interest in joining the program at go.illinois.edu/WeCUsummer2020.
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
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
Career Center Events & Opportunities
Join The Career Center for a myriad of events! *Many of their services have shifted to virtual meetings.
Mock Interviews with the Career Center
Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | The Career Center
Practice interviewing and recieve feedback to prepare for actual interviews! Mock interviews are 60 minutes long and tailored to your career interests. Appointments are available and take place at The Career Center (715 S. Wright St.). Register here.
Drop-In Career Advising
Monday - Friday | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | The Career Center
The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St., offers drop-in service Monday - Friday, noon – 4 p.m. for students with quick career-related questions.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | The Career Center
Stop by the Career Closet to pick up free gently used professional clothing! It is now located on the second floor above The Career Center at 715 S. Wright St. Stop by Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-4pm.
Resume, LinkedIn, and Cover Letter Reviews
Monday - Friday | 2:00 - 4:30 pm | The Career Center
Sunday - Monday | 5:00 - 7:30pm | 1010A Ikenberry Commons
Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and/or LinkedIn! The Career Center now offers online review for BOTH student resumes and cover letters as well! Appointments are available - register here.
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
How to Effectively Work From Home: The transition from in person to virtual classes may be difficult for some. An effective method to keep yourself focused while working from home is to set up a designated area of your home to complete your work. If possible, steer clear of your bed and set up your materials at a desk or table with a comfortable chair. We recommend setting up a designated timeframe each day to complete your work along with a checklist to keep yourself organized with upcoming deadlines, exams, and completed tasks.
Counseling Center & Consultations
Students who would like to schedule a phone consultation with a counselor can call us at 217-333-3704. We soon will be offering telehealth online counseling and will communicate about that on our website once it is available.
We now are also offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns. These screenings are confidential and are meant to assist students have an informed conversation with their counselor--they are not intended to provide a diagnosis.
For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States.
Time Management Workshop
We know that this semester especially, focusing and getting tasks done on time can be difficult for students. Along with staff, a few of the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals have created a brief, online tutorial with practical tips for time management in these difficult times. The tutorial can be accessed any time on their website.
Attend Recognition, Insight, and Openness (RIO) Online!
The Counseling Center will be offering its RIO Mindfulness instruction via Zoom starting later this week.
This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. We do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/RIO. After you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to attend and your materials.
Thursday, April 2 & 9, 2020, 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8 & 15, 4-5 p.m.
Additional RIO sessions will likely be offered this semester. If the times above don’t work for you, please check their website soon for other dates and times.
iSchool COVID-19 Resources
We understand that there is uncertainty about how the University’s decision to move all classes online after spring break will affect the iSchool community. The iSchool and the University continue to provide updates and resources that you may find helpful, including the iSchool’s COVID-19 Resources wiki and the University’s COVID-19 website.
Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List
Student Affairs has highlighted resources for your use. In addition, all of Student Affairs resources are listed in the table below on their website.
Student Health Insurance Summer Extension
We've Got You Covered! The summer extensions for Student Health Insurance is now open. Extension form information for Undergratuates and Graduate students is on our website at http://si.illinois.edu/links-and-forms
April 24–June 19 • Student Health Insurance
Sell Back Your Textbooks - Earn Money
As the semester winds down, the Illini Union Bookstore wants to make it easy for you to SELL any of your non-rental textbooks and receive money for them, please visit: https://bookstore.illinois.edu/sell_main.asp for complete details and instructions. If you RENTED your textbooks from the Illini Union Bookstore, you will be receiving an email with specific instructions on how to return them. The return date has been extended to June 5.
Illini Union Bookstore