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May 17, 2020

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

Practice answering questions with Big Interview. Illinois students now have access to the Big Interview platform filled with a huge library of video lessons and practice questions for interviewing. You can even record yourself practicing answers to review your performance. Use your Illinois sign-on credentials to access your account at https://illinois.biginterview.com.

Where Are They Now?: Alumni Spotlight

Where can a graduate degree from the University of Illinois take you? In this series, we catch up with one recent Graduate College alum and ask the question: “Where are they now?”


Sam Chadwick holds a BS (2010), MS (2015), and PhD (2017) in Civil Engineering all from the University of Illinois. She currently works as a Rail Engineer for WSP USA in Chicago, IL.

What has surprised you most about your current job?

How quickly I’ve been able to gain experience and responsibility. Most people in my office started their jobs after undergrad or a masters’ degree. I was a little worried that I would be “starting from behind” since I was in school for so long! But I’ve been able to use a lot of the skills I acquired during my PhD to demonstrate my value to the company, and in return I am already getting chances to manage small projects and lead teams.

Read the rest of Sam's interview here. You can read previous "Where Are They Now?" profiles and check the GradLife blog for future interviews and more!

Options for Remote Work

Remote work is on everyone's mind in a new way these days. If working or volunteering remotely meets your needs now or in the future, here are some places to look for opportunities.

Remote Work Opportunities

Remote Volunteering Opportunities

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: May 25

The Part-Time Student Program is designed to augment AbbVie’s regular staff, and is for students who are able to work in parallel to their school schedule. Working with AbbVie’s Health Economics and Outcomes Research team, the Statistical Analyst will: perform SAS programming and analyses using large medical claims and electronic medical records database and assist in developing analysis plan and summarizing and synthesizing results into reports and publications.

Applications accepted until: May 27

As a Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer), you will stimulate, plan, direct, and evaluate activities for a portfolio of research projects, research program and other grant/awards, cooperative agreements, and/or contracts in the assigned program area and the discovery, development and evaluation of associated prevention and therapeutic strategies. As a Health Scientist Administrator (Scientific Review Officer), you will be responsible for the initial administrative and scientific merit review of grant applications for research programs and/or research training and career development grants through interaction with established scientists.

Applications accepted until: May 31

Working within an assigned division (lower, middle, or upper), the Ethics & Technology Coordinator supports divisional priorities, ensures their work is aligned with the school’s ethical mission, and works with their peers in the technology department to provide a cohesive technology learning experience for students in grades K-12. The most critical role of the Ethics & Technology Coordinator is to help students apply everyday ethics to online environments.

Applications accepted until: June 1

The ideal candidate wants to find out “how stuff works” and deliver this knowledge across a variety of platforms while driving process improvements. You will create and continuously improve learning experiences using an array of approaches that engage technical and business audiences and drive high-impact learning. You will be responsible for developing high-quality training content in the following formats: technical documentation, interactive elearning, video scripts, instructor-led content, virtual classroom design, tool kits, study guides, and simulations.

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: May 22

IHB seeks an experienced project coordinator for current and future public health programs, including projects with a focus on behavioral health program implementation, materials development, and health promotion. The Project Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of a nation-wide smoking cessation project supporting Tribes in their local efforts and creating national materials to advance commercial tobacco cessation, efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of opioid prevention within Tribal clinics, and efforts to support the behavioral health priorities and capacity building.

Applications accepted until: May 29

The position is responsible for planning, development, and coordination of activities, events and various vehicles of information that serve to promote the services and mission of the Law Library of Congress to the US Congress, government agencies the legal community and the public. Collaborates and partners with various organizations from public, academic, and private sectors. Plans, schedules and conducts projects and studies to evaluate and recommends ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organizational unit.

Applications accepted until: May 31

The Marketing and Communications Writer/Editor supports strategic marketing and communications efforts by creating strong written content college webpages, enrollment marketing print and digital materials, and other content for print and digital for varied external and internal constituents, including prospective students, alumni, donors and the campus community.

Applications accepted until position filled

The Technology Development Group is looking for an Accessibility Engineer to help us explore, define, and build accessibility solutions for the next generation of interactive computing for our platform. As a member of this team, you will have a unique opportunity to work with some of Apple's most advanced technologies (AR, VR, ML, CV) to help build empowering solutions for everyone.

Applications accepted until position filled

As an Early Stage Science Researcher, you will work with the Early Stage Science Program Manager to build out our research agenda required to test our hypotheses in this domain and to conduct a wide range of independent research. Your responsibilities will include: conducting literature reviews; identifying and analyzing relevant case studies; preparing materials for submission to granting agencies, donors and foundations; giving internal and external presentations at workshops and conferences; and summarizing project results.


The Graduate College Career Development office supports graduate students and postdocs as they build meaningful careers at Illinois and beyond.

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