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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- Summer 2020

 
 
ISCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES
 
 

iSchool at Illinois Mentor Match Program Orientation Session
Thursday, August 13 |  10:00am - 11:00am CT (online)  |  Register

Join iSchool Assistant Director for Employer Relations Michele Plante as she goes over the Mentor Match program in detail. This program is recommended for seniors who have at least one iSchool class or at least one internship or some volunteer experience. If you have lots of questions to ask a mentor, please join us! If you’re not really sure what to ask, it may be best to wait until the next semester to get started. Read more about the iSchool Mentor Match Program: https://go.ischool.illinois.edu/BSISmentor

iSchool BSIS Career Services: Get to know Rebecca Hodson, iSchool Career Services
Wednesday, August 19  |  4:00pm - 5:00pm CT (online)  |  Register

Get to know the Assistant Director of Career Services for the iSchool, Rebecca Hodson and learn more about the Career Services the iSchool provides for our undergraduate students. This is a great way to prepare for the upcoming fall semester! Please register for this event in advance to receive the zoom information. Organizer: Rebecca Hodson & Melissa/Tony, iSchool. You may Register up until the time of the event!

iSchool BSIS Career Services: Gain Experience Early and Often
Tuesday, August 25  |  5:00pm - 6:00pm CT (online)  |  Register

Find out ways you may gain experience! Please register for this event in advance to receive the zoom information. Organizer: Rebecca Hodson & Melissa/Tony, iSchool. You may Register up until the time of the event! 

iSchool BSIS Career Services: Career Prep for Students ~ Practice your Pitch
Wednesday, August 26  |  12:00pm - 1:00pm CT (online)  |  Register

Students will learn how to talk to employers, how to navigate the virtual career fairs, how to evaluate which fairs/events to attend and skip, and much more. It is highly recommended, but not required, that students attend one of the resume workshops and handshake sessions as well.This is a great way to prepare for the upcoming fall semester career fairs! Please register for this event in advance to receive the zoom information. Organizer: Rebecca Hodson & Michele Plante, Melissa/Tony, iSchool. You may Register up until the time of the event!

iSchool BSIS Career Services: Career Prep for Students ~ System Overview
Monday, August 31  |  12:00pm - 1:00pm CT (online)  |  Register

Students will learn how to talk to employers, how to navigate the virtual career fairs, how to evaluate which fairs/events to attend and skip, and much more. It is highly recommended, but not required, that students attend one of the resume workshops and handshake sessions as well.This is a great way to prepare for the upcoming fall semester career fairs! Please register for this event in advance to receive the zoom information. Organizer: Rebecca Hodson & Michele Plante, Melissa/Tony, iSchool. You may Register up until the time of the event!

iSchool BSIS Career Services: Gain Experience Early and Often
Wednesday, September 9 |  3:30pm - 4:30pm CT (online)  |  Register

Find out ways you may gain experience! Please register for this event in advance to receive the zoom information. Organizer: Rebecca Hodson & Melissa/Tony, iSchool. You may Register up until the time of the event! 

 

Optional Orientation Activities for iSchool Students

Society of American Achivists Meeting
Time: Aug 22, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada) 
Please join the Society of American Archivists student chapter for a virtual morning meet and greet on Saturday, August 22nd at 10:30 am CST. Brew some tea or coffee and chat with fellow student archivists, share academic or professional interests, and learn about our student chapter and hopes for the upcoming school year.  
Zoom meeting link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/95545698169 
Meeting ID: 955 4569 8169
Password: 220474

Special Libraries Association (SLA) Happy Hour
Time: Aug 19, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 
Join us for the Special Libraries Association Happy Hour. Get to know current members, discover what's in store for SLA this year and find out how to get involved! 
Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/96404920191  
Meeting ID: 964 0492 0191 

iSchool Stitch n' Bitch Meeting
Time: Aug 15, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Come hang out with us! The iSchool Stitch 'n Bitch group meets once a week to hang out, create, and talk. Neither stitching nor bitching are required for attending weekly events. Bring your current project, your homework or just yourself to chat and hang out!
Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97343179426?pwd=NVNxM2JIZWpWUEREVUNxV0lVd0VRUT09 
Meeting ID: 973 4317 9426 
Password: 882148 

 
 
 
 

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.

Recordings of Previous Sessions

MSIM Alumni Panel

Hack your Summer: Skills You Can Build Now for Later

MSLIS Alumni Panel

Get to Know Rebecca Hodson & iSchool Career Services

Negotiation & Networking

Interviewing Basics

Job Search Strategy & Application Materials

Preparing to Present: How to Approach the Job Interview Presentation

 
 
INTERNSHIPS, VOLUNTEERING, & INVOLVEMENT
 
 
Beckwith Residental Support Services - Hiring Personal Assistants
 
 

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 ceconway@illinois.edu.

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.

Handshake Internship Opportunities [Illinois Based]

Handshake Internship Opportunities [Non-Illinois Based]

 
 
EVENTS
 
 

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 

HackIllinois | Aug. 7-15
Do you think virtual education could use an upgrade (or a MAJOR overhaul)? Register for HackThis 2020, a virtual week-long (Aug 7-15) hackathon focused on fixing virtual education. Presented by HackIllinois. Learn more & register.

Data Monetization with Accenture's Data Analytics Manager | Aug 12, 2020   6:00 - 7:00 pm  
Learn about Data monetization: Trends, landscape, and how to get started. Have you ever wondered if there was a way to generate a new revenue stream from all the data in your company? Data Monetization refers to the process of exchanging your data for a quantifiable economic benefit. But how do you actually go about doing this? And what do you need to watch out for? During this talk, we’ll discuss exactly what it means to monetize your data, and what others are already doing. Then we’ll dive into key questions that you need to answer on your journey to turning data into money.

Takeaways:
Data Analytics and monetization industry trends.
Analytics and monetization landscape and ecosystem.
Key considerations when getting started.
About the Speaker: Kenny Ly is a Senior Manager for Data Analytics at Accenture

ESNET’S CI ENGINEERING LUNCH AND LEARN WEBINAR: DATA MOVEMENT EXHIBITION UPDATE | Virtual
Aug 14, 2020   1:00 - 2:00 pm

Leadership Brown Bag Series: CEO Lessons Learned with Gerald Wilson
Aug 27, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with President and CEO of Autonomic Materials, Gerald Wilson. Gerald is a long-standing member of the Champaign-Urbana community, having obtained his Ph.D in Material Sciences and Engineering from the University of Illinois. Gerald will be imparting his valuable knowledge to audience members, so be sure to join.

Research Park Virtual Open House
Sep 2, 2020   4:00 - 5:30 pm  
Join us on Wednesday, September 2 from 4-5:30PM for the Research Park Open House. Learn about Research Park through a virtual tour and presentation. After the virtual tour, participants will have a chance to network with numerous Research Park companies.

Big Data Neuroscience Workshop 2020: Organized by the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN)
Sep 4, 2020   12:00 - 4:00 pm  

Illinois Part-Time Job Fair Fall 2020 | Sep 8, 2020   11:00 am - 1:00 pm   
The Illinois Part-Time Job Fair is open to all students on campus seeking opportunities to make some extra money and build their career competencies while completing their academics. Opportunities at this fair should be paid, non-technical positions on campus or in the Champaign/Urbana community.

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

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: Fighting Illini Virtual Career Fair 2020 (Hosted by Applied Health Sciences & Division of Intercollegiate Athletics) | Sep 23, 2020   5:00 - 8:00 pm   [Open to Information Sciences Students]

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  

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. 

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.

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

Startup Cafe with Yuanyuan "YY" Zhou: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Whova | Sep 9, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm
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 

 
 
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
 
 

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
Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | 
Practice interviewing and recieve feedback to prepare for actual interviews! Mock interviews are 60 minutes long and tailored to your career interests. Register here.

Drop-In Career Advising
Monday - Friday | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | 
The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St., offers drop-in service Monday - Friday,  noon – 4 p.m. for students with quick career-related questions. 

Career Closet
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm |
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. [Temporarily Closed]

Resume, LinkedIn, and Cover Letter Reviews
Monday - Friday | 2:00 - 4:30 pm | 
Sunday - Monday | 5:00 - 7:30pm | 
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

 
 
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