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Career Development

The MCB curriculum is designed to prepare you for a wide spectrum of career opportunities. Please see our Career Options for MCB Students Handout outlining many of the possibilities aforded to students in the MCB curriculum.

Handshake @ Illinois: Employers and Opportunities at Your Fingertips

Illinois' campus-wide recruiting platform, tens of thousands of jobs and internships are posted here annually.

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Students and Recent Alumni Use Handshake @ Illinois to find:

  • Jobs and Internships
  • Upcoming Career Fairs
  • On-campus Recruiting Events
  • Networking Opportunities
  • A Calendar of Career Programs and Events

Partial List of Companies Where Our Recent Grads are Employed

  • AbbVie North Chicago, IL, Operations Development Program and Clinical Trial Operations Development Program
  • Eli Lilly Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Scientist-Manufacturing Science
  • Accenture, Management Consulting Analyst
  • Cerner Kansas City, MO, Consulting Analyst
  • Neurocognitive Kinesiology lab at UIUC, Research Technician
  • CSL Behring Bradley IL, QC Chemistry Analyst
  • Epic, Madison, WI, Quality Assurance
  • ProAmbulance, Champaign IL, EMT-B
  • Carle Foundation Hospital, plebotomist
  • ScribeAmerica, Medical Scribe
  • University of Illinois, Laboratory Technician
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Research Technician
  • InnSight Technology
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Laboratory Technician
  • Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL, Research Technician
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL, Research Technologist
  • UIUC Army ROTC, Champaign, IL, Gold Bar Recuiter

An Article from The American Society for Microbiology: A Career in Industry: Quality Control


National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP) - A Clearinghouse for Pre-Health Professions Students as COVID 19 Tracers

Tracing is an age-old, very effective means used by public health agencies to break the chain of transmission spreading an infectious disease. To do this literally requires an army, an Army of Tracers.
Municipalities and states around the U.S. are recruiting bright, motivated individuals to make up this Army. Who better to do this than pre-health professions students eager for clinical experience, but most often blocked from getting this at the moment by the mandates of social distancing? With the pandemic, RAs (research associates) cannot be in the emergency departments, but NARAP has adapted its recruiting to help you join the critical work of tracing through the COVID 19 Potential Contact Tracer Registry. Found out you can help:



MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz, will be available to review your resumes and personal statements, give you feedback and answer your questions regarding resume etiquette. If interested, send an email to with your resume and/or personal statement to schedule an appointment.


Are you a pre-health student? Looking for career enrichment opportunities? Check out You can search by career, type and location.

Career Fairs

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*COVID-19 update*

In light of the university's decision to suspend all face-to-face instruction, events and activities, the Career Services Community at Illinois is taking the following actions:

  • All in-person networking and recruiting events are suspended.
  • The Illini Career and Internship Fair, scheduled for April 2, 2020, will be transitioned to virtual opportunity for you to engage with students.
  • The career services community is planning alternative ways to connect employers to students who are seeking employment and internship opportunities. More details will be shared as they become available.

Listed in chronological order.  Check the bottom of the list for the most recent fair dates.

Career and internship fairs hosted on campus provide the opportunity for students to network and find internships and jobs. Fairs are also a great way to explore careers and different employment sectors. LAS students are welcome at all career and internship fairs on campus. Students are encouraged to attend LAS preparation workshops or Career Center workshops available before some fairs. These workshops help students know what to expect and how to get the most out of the experience.

  • Illinois ACES + LAS Career Fair September 26, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm CDT
    201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820
    The ACES + LAS Career Fair is open to all students, but targeted to graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences . Over 125 employers and nearly 2000 students attended this event last year.
  • Illinois Graduate & Professional School Fair 2019 October 16, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm CDT
    Urbana, Illinois
    Exploring options after graduation? Speak with admission representatives from 100+ schools about graduate school and health profession programs.This annual event hosted by The Career Center draws recruiters from over 1,500 graduate and professional programs in health, law, science, business, engineering, arts, humanities, and more.…
  • School of Information Sciences + CARLI Networking and Career Fair November 14, 2019 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm CST 101
    Trade Centre Drive, Champaign, Illinois
    University of Illinois School of Information Sciences students are encouraged to attend this networking and recruiting event to meet representatives from professional organizations, employers, and alumni. The keys to a successful fair experience are preparation and follow up. Here is a checklist to help you get prepared!Research the list of…
  • Women’s Career Institute Sunday, February 9, 2020
    Planning for the 2020 Women's Career Institute is currently underway. Stay tuned for updates! Curious about what previous programs have looked like? Check out the infographic and Conference Program below, highlighting the 2019 Women's Career Institute:
    2019 Women's Career Institute Infographic
    2019 Women's Career Institute Program
  • Educators' Job Fair 2020 March 2, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm CST
    201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, Illinois
    2020 Educators’ Job Fair Don't miss out on meeting over 120 school districts from across Illinois and the country. Many districts are also participating in "on-site interviews" during the afternoon - an opportunity for you to have 15-30 minutes conversations/interviews with school districts that interest you.
  • Research Park Career Fair March 10, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Join us for the 14th annual Research Park Career Fair. The Research Park Career Fair is an opportunity for students and employers to connect, learn more about what Research Park companies are doing and discover internship and full-time employment opportunities.
  • Engineering Career FairJanuary 28 & 29, 2020 from 2:20 pm to 6:00 pm
    201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820
    Spring 2020 Engineering @ Illinois hosts over 400 companies and 6500 students at our fall fairs and over 250 companies with over 3,000 students in attendance at our spring fairs. One of the many reasons why you should attend the Engineering @ Illinois Career Fairs and connect with top talent at Illinois!
  • Illini Career & Internship Fair April 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820
    The Spring 2020 Illini Career & Internship Fair allows you to fill any internship or full-time opportunities in just the right time. The fair attracts students from all majors, years in school, and backgrounds.


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Post Date Company / Institution — Details
July 15, 2020


Located just 30 miles North of Chicago, Stepan is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals. Stepan was founded over 80 years ago and has 19 global manufacturing locations with a support network of over 2,000 employees.  

Seeking a talented individual to join the Antimicrobial Product Development team. He/she will play a key role in supporting disinfectant formulations and customer requests to support the Biocide business.      

Feb 24, 2020


The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are advertising research opportunites that would be a good fit for MCB students. Some examples include; Mechanisms of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors Impact on Health and Susceptibility Variations, Evaluating the Effects of Chemicals on Human Cell Culture Models.

Summer Enrichment

The following is a list of summer enrichment programs that have expressed an interest in MCB students. It includes both current and the past three years entries in an effort to give a more robust idea as to which institutions to investigate for potential opportunities.

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Summer 2020

Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
March 6, 2020 Keck Graduate InstituteSummer Explore Health Professions — Claremont, CA
Feb 5, 2020 Northwestern University Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Summer Internship Program — Winfield, IL — Feb 14, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamShort Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons (STEP-UP)— Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSurgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funded Program — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamKidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer Program in Neurobiology (SPIN) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamPreparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 21, 2020 U.S. Army Institute of Surgical ResearchSummer Internship Program — San Antonio, TX — Fab 15, 2020
Jan 15, 2020 UCLA B.I.G. Summer Research Program in Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology — Los Angeles, CA — Jan 5 (early decision) and Jan 19, 2020
Jan 12, 2020 U.S. Air Force Research Lab Repperger Research Internship Program — Dayton, OH & San Antonio, TX —Jan 31, 2019
Jan 7, 2020 University of Colorado BoulderYoung Scholars Summer Research Program in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department — Boulder, CO — Feb 14, 2020
Dec 30, 2019 The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) — Boulder, CO or Gaithersburg, MD — February 3, 2020
Dec 17, 2019 SENS Research Foundation Postbacc Fellowship— Various — Feb 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2019 SENS Research Foundation SRF Summer Scholars— Various — Jan 15, 2020
Dec 12, 2019 Rush UniversitySummer Undergraduate Research Program — Chicago, IL — Feb 1, 2020
Dec 12, 2019 National Human Genome Research Institution (NHGRI) The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) — Salt Lake City, Utah — Feb 3, 2020
Dec 10, 2019 University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. LouisSummer undergraduate research opportunity in mechanobiology — Feb 1, 2020
Dec 4, 2019 Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program10 Week Summer Research — Ashburn, VA — Jan 7, 2020
Nov 20, 2019 Indiana UniversitySummer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences (SUREBS) — Bloomington, ID — Jan 15, 2020
Nov 18, 2019 American Society for MicrobiologyUndergraduate Research Fellowship — Washington, DC — Feb 15, 2020
Nov 18, 2019 Stowers Institute for Medical ResearchSummer Scholars — Kansas City, MO — Feb 3, 2020
Oct 31, 2019 Detroit Mercy DentalSummer Enrichment Program — Detroit, MI — Late February 2020
Oct 31, 2019 University of California-Los AngelesBruins-In-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research — Los Angeles, CA —Jan 5, 2020
Oct 17, 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterMolecular Imaging Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 2, 2020
Oct 17, 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterChemical Biology Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 2, 2020
Oct 9, 2019 University of PittsburghSummer Research — Pittsburgh, PA

Summer 2019

Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
April 15, 2019 Muscular Dystrophy AssociationMDA Summer Camp Volunteer — Nationwide Campuses
April 15, 2019 Horizons School of TechnologySoftware Engineering Bootcamp — San Francisco, CA
March 8, 2019 Berkeley School of Optometry Opto-Camp — Berkeley, CA — May 17, 2019
Feb 7, 2019 Loyola University MarylandBaltimore Health Immersion — Baltimore, MD — Feb 25, 2019
Jan 31, 2019 Johns Hopkins MedicineEmergency Department Volunteer Program — Baltimore, MD — Feb 8, 2019
Jan 29, 2019 Loyola University Stritch School of MedicineAspire Medical School Preparation — Chicago, IL
Jan 24, 2019 University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer Undergraduate Research Opportunities — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 University of California at Los AngelesBruins-In-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research Program — Los Angeles, CA —Feb 4, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Chemical Biology Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 1, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 University of Illinois at ChicagoSummer Pharmacy Institute — Rockford, IL — April 1, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 Boston UniversitySummer Program in Neuroscience — Boston, MA — Feb 28, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 Sens Research Foundation Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program — March 4, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 Sens Research Foundation Summer Scholars Program — Feb 4, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 Tri-Institutional MD-PhD ProgramGateways to the Laboratory Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 1, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 University at Buffalo Pharmacy Summer Institute — Buffalo, NY — June 1, 2019
Dec 21, 2018 Emory University Laney Graduate School's Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR) program — Atlanta, GA — Jan 28, 2019
Dec 17, 2018 U.S. Army Institute of Surgical ResearchSummer Internship Program — San Antonio, TX — Jan 21, 2019
Dec 17, 2018 U.S. Air Force Research Lab Repperger Research Internship Program (Application) — Dayton, OH & San Antonio, TX —Jan 21, 2019
Dec 12, 2018 Harvard T.H. Chain School of Public Health — Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics — Boston, MA — Feb 8, 2019
Dec 11, 2018 Pritzker School of Medicine Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) — Chicago, IL — Jan 18, 2019
Dec 11, 2018 Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance for Technology-Based HealthcareInformation Technology & Biomedical Informatics Internship — Rochester, MN — Dec 15, 2019
Dec 11, 2018 University of Illinois Social WorkBanner Day Camp — Lake Forest, IL
Dec 11, 2018 Summer Science ProgramTeaching Assistant and Residential Mentor — Dec 31, 2018
Dec 6, 2018 Center for Engineering MechanoBiologyResearch Experience for Undergraduates — Philadelphia, PA or St. Louis, MO — Feb 1, 2019
Dec 4, 2018 Des Moines UniversityHealth Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program — Des Moines, IA — Feb 15, 2019
Dec 4, 2018 University of Michigan Medical SchoolUM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program — Ann Arbor, MI — Jan 18, 2019
Dec 4, 2018 Medical College of WisconsinDiversity Summer Health-Related Resarch Education Program — Milwaukee, WI — Feb 1, 2019
Nov 30, 2018 University of ChicagoPritzker School of Medicine Summer Pipeline Programs — Chicago, IL — January 18, 2019
Nov 30, 2018 Fulbright CommissionUK Summer Fulbright Institutes — United Kingdom —February 6, 2019
Nov 30, 2018 University of NebraskaSummer Research Program — Lincoln, NE — March 1, 2019