CAREER SERVICES NEWSLETTER
The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), Research, 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. Below you will find various opporunities and resources for career services.
We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page
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, Career Services Coordinator
Have a question about an employer or event? Contact Michele Plante, Employer Relations Coordinator
iSchool Networking & Career Fair - Save the Date!
Fall Career Fair Update
To keep everyone safe, we've made some changes to our career fair format this fall. We'll be hosting two virtual fairs instead of one on campus fair. Student registration opens later this summer. In the meantime, please save these dates on your calendar.
- September 23: Attend this fair to meet corporate employers looking for data science and analytics, business intelligence, and UX skills
- October 7: Attend this fair to meet employers looking for LIS skills
What about other fairs? Most of our campus partners, including the engineering and business colleges tell us they plan to open their virtual fairs to the entire campus.
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.
Internships, Volunteering, & Involvement
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Handshake Internship Opportunities [Illinois Based]
Handshake Internship Opportunities [Non-Illinois Based]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your tour.
If you have questions and/or need accomodations for this event, please email Cathy McArthur at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ThinkChicago From Home
Dates: July 29 - July 31
Information & Register (by July 6): http://www.thinkchicago.net/thinkchicago-from-home-2020
Our annual ThinkChicago summer event is back, but virtually! For the past several years, our "ThinkChicago Lollapalooza" event invited students to explore tech career opportunities in Chicago.
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
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
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.
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:
- Go to https://illinois.biginterview.com/ and click "Register".
- Enter your school email address, name, and password, and click “Create my Account”
- 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.
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