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(Archived) Career Development 2015-2016

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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.

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


2016 ACES & Sciences Career Fair

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 
201 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Click here for an employer list: directory of attendees.

This job fair provides companies, institutes and government agencies an opportunity to meet agribusiness and science students at all levels. The career fair will give representatives from your company a chance to share information about your career and intern opportunities.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer shifts start before the fair, continue during and also after the fair ends.  If you would like to see what the fair is like and help make the fair a success, consider volunteering.  To ensure a t-shirt, be sure to register by Sept. 25th.

Sign-up here:

With over 15,000 job & internship postings from 4,000+ companies, there are opportunities for ALL ILLINOIS STUDENTS on I-Link.

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Use I-Link to:

  • Search for job and internship postings
  • View list of companies at career fairs
  • Schedule on-campus interviews
  • Upload your resume
  • Conduct a video mock interview

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Announcement Archives

Career Fairs

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

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

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Post date Institution — Program — Location — Date & Time (if a presentation) or Submission Deadline
April 6, 2016 Arizona State University Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery — Tempe, AZ
March 1, 2016 University of PennsylvaniaPre-Health Programs — Philadelphia, PA
Feb 8, 2016 Temple University Several Post-Baccalaureate Programs in the Health Sciences — Philadelphia, PA — March 1, 2016
Jan 1, 2016 The University of Vermont Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program — Burlington, VT — February 1, 2016
Jan 5, 2016 University of PennsylvaniaPostbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) — Philadelphia, PA — March 1, 2016
Nov 24, 2015 Columbia UniversityPostbac Premed Program — New York, NY — February 1, 2016
Nov 20, 2015 American Society for MicrobiologyUndergraduate Research Fellowship Program — January 20, 2016
Nov 20, 2015 American Society for MicrobiologyUndergraduate Research Capstone Program — January 20, 2016
Oct 21, 2015 University of PennsylvaniaVarious Pre-health programs — Philadelphia, PA
Aug 12, 2015 Duquesne UniversityPost-Bacc Pre-Med Program — Pittsburgh, PA
July 31, 2015 Temple University Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics (online)

Graduate Programs

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The following is a regularly updated list of graduate programs from around the world that have contacted SMCB expressing interest in our students. Some posts are regarding general information others are for specific and timely events.

Post date Institution — Program — Location — Date & Time (if a presentation) or Submission Deadline
April 21, 2016 Loyola University MS in Infectious Disease and Immunology Program — Chicago, IL
April 18, 2016 Indiana State UniversityMaster of Science in Genetic Counseling — Terre Haute, IN — January 1, 2017 for fall classes.
March 29, 2016 Loyola Marymount UniversityMS in Healthcare Systems Engineering — Los Angeles, CA
March 23, 2016 Loyola University M.A. in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program — Chicago, IL
March 23, 2016 Georgetown University Medical Masters — Washington D.C.— May 15, 2016
March 3, 2016 University of ChicagoMSc in Biomedical Informatics — Chicago — Information session on March 9th, 2016
Feb 24, 2016 Case Western Reserve UniversityOpen for MS in Medical Physiology — Cleveland, OH — April 9 and June 4, 2016
Feb 10, 2016

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic MedicineMaster of Medical Science (MMS) program — Erie, PA— May 1, 2016

Feb 8, 2016 Duke Univserity MA in Bioethics & Science PolicyOnline Info Session — February 11 and March 9, 2016
Feb 4, 2016 Northwestern, UniversityMS in Education — Evanston, IL — March 28, 2016
Feb 3, 2016 Saint Louis UniversityPublic Health and Health Management — St. Louis, MO
Jan 28, 2016 Iowa State University1-Year MS program in Biomedical Sciences — Ames, IA
Jan 26, 2016 Rush UniversityGraduate College Open House — Chicago, IL — February 3, 2016
Jan 23, 2016 The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship — January 31, 2016
Jan 14, 2016 University of MichiganNeuroscience Preview Visit — Ann Arbor, MI — Application deadline is February 1st. Event is March 24 - 26, 2016
Dec 4, 2015 Loyola UniversityMaster of Arts in Medical Sciences — Chicago, IL — July 15, 2016
Dec 2, 2015 UICMEd in Science Education — Chicago, IL — February 1, 2016
Nov 23, 2015 Columbia University, College of Physicians and SurgeonsOne-year MS Program in Nutrition — New York, NY
Nov 23, 2015 Joint Carnegie Mellon University & University of PittsburghPh.D. Program in Computational Biology — Pittsburgh, PA — December 15, 2015
Nov 17, 2015 University of Southern California Molecular Biology Graduate Program — Los Angeles, CA — December 15, 2015
Nov 24, 2015 Stoney Brook UniversityMedical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program — Stoney Brook, NY
Nov 9, 2015 The University of South Florida College of Pharmacy — Doctorate of Pharmacy Program & Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology — Tampa, FL
Oct 20, 2015 University of Massachusetts @ AmherstOne-year Microbiology M.S. in Applied Molecular Biotechnology — Amherst, MA — December 20, 2015
Oct 16, 2015

Rush UniversityPHD program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences — Chicago, IL

Oct 14, 2015 Purdue UniversityPurdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program (PULSe) — Lafayette, IN — November 13, 2015
Oct 2, 2015 University of Illinois ChiagoMEd in Science — Chicago, IL — February 1, 2016
Sept 21, 2015

Thomas Jefferson College of PharmacyDoctor of Pharmacy program — Chicago, IL

Sept 17, 2015 University of Michigan Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) — Ann Arbor, M I— Dec 1, 2015
Aug 23, 2015

Indiana State University Genetic Counseling MS Program — Terre Haute, IN — January 1, 2016


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Post Date Company / Institution — Details
Feb 8, 2016 AstraZeneca — Currently, I am filling the role of Site Microbiologist at AstraZeneca’s Frederick Manufacturing Facility in Frederick, MD. I am looking for a junior/senior microbiology (or MCB) major to work as a summer intern (anticipated June 7th start date), who understands bacterial physiology and ecology. I am hoping there are a few candidates from the UIUC who will apply and are maybe interested in exploring the industry side of things.

The company will pay for housing and a salary, and I’m reasonably sure transportation as well. Aseptic technique would also help as there is a likely opportunity to participate in some biofilm focused lab work. Here’s the link to the opportunity…

Erik Reed (PhD Alum)

Jan 5, 2016 University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) — The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) is designed to provide an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, and deliver scientific presentations to their peers and mentors. In addition, interns receive training in responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and presentation skills. Interns are also invited to career counseling sessions in which faculty and administrators discuss graduate school and career opportunities for biomedical scientists.
Nov 23, 2015 City Internships — City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They’re designed to expand your horizons and get you job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, you’ll undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. You’ll develop real-world skills, build your professional network and fast-track your career.
Oct 2, 2015 AbbVieClinical Trial Operations Internship — As an AbbVie intern, you’ll participate in a paid, ten to twelve-week summer program that involves social and developmental activities, along with paid housing and shuttle services for eligible students. You’ll work on meaningful assignments that have a real impact on our business and patients worldwide. As an intern you will be located at our corporate headquarters in north suburban Chicago. AbbVie’s worldwide Clinical Trial Operations business offers you an opportunity to work in a variety of fields based on your degree type.

Job Postings

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Post Date Company — Position — Type — Location — Application Deadline
April 28, 2016 Zilles LabSummer undergraduate researcher — On Campus — May 13, 2016
March 22, 2016

Physassist Scribes IncMedical Scribe — Fulltime — Peoria, IL — April 5, 2016

A representative from PhysAssist Scribes Inc will be on campus the week of April 5 conducting interviews for 4 FT and 4 PT medical scribe positions at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Scribes work alongside physicians throughout their entire shift, managing all of the documentation for each patient, all the while learning medical terminology, diagnoses, labs administered, clinical profiles, and gaining amazing clinical experience.
If interested apply now for this opportunity! In the meantime please visit our website If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to call 682-301-3224 or email Harris Onugha at

March 22, 2016

Promise Helathcaremedical and dental internship and volunteer opportunities — Various — Champaign, IL

Promise Healthcare is currently recruiting pre-health students for Summer and Fall 2016 medical and dental internship and volunteer opportunities. Interns are distinguished as those who dedicate at least fifteen hours of work per week. Volunteers are asked to dedicate at least eight hours of service per week. Visit for application information.

March 14, 2016

ScribeAmerica — Medical Scribe — Part Time & Full Time — Champaign, IL

ScribeAmerica is currently hiring motivated applicants to work as medical scribes at a Champaign Outpatient Clinic. Scribes work one-on-one with a physician to help with documentation of electronic medical records during a patient appointment. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Part time and full time positions available starting May 2016. Apply today to our Champaign location at

Feb 1, 2016

We Are Camps (USAF) Summer Camp Counselors — Summertime — Various

Run week long (5 days), back-to-back mobile youth Science Camp on US Air Force bases
throughout the country. Time commitments may range up to twelve consecutive weeks. Sessions will
consist of 25-35 participants. Provide USAF youth center participants with opportunities to explore
scientific topics utilizing a role-playing scenario. The goal of the camp is to expand and assist youths’
understanding of science, and to develop an appreciation for STEM based learning.

Dec 17, 2015

Indiana University — Research Associate — Full Time — Bloomington, IN — As soon as possible

Position Available: I am seeking a full-time research associate to work in my laboratory at Indiana University, Bloomington. This is a new lab (starting January 2016) that will study meiosis and recombination in yeast. Some prior research experience in molecular or cell biology is required, but the exact topic is not important; training specific to the lab will be provided. The position will be roughly 25% lab management (keeping the lab stocked and organized, serving as lab safety officer, etc.) and 75% research. This would be an ideal position for someone wanting more research experience prior to applying to grad school. The start date can be anytime between January and early summer of 2016. To apply, please send a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for a research mentor who can serve as a reference, to For more information about the lab, please see

Oct 2, 2015

AbbVieClinical Trial Operations Development Program —As a member of AbbVie’s Clinical Trial Operations Development Program, you will be given assignments that are crafted to help you develop exceptional functional and leadership traits by working on a wide range of projects while providing exposure to different leaders in the company. These Clinical Trial Operations experiences will develop you and put you on the fast track to future Clinical Trial Operations leadership opportunities at AbbVie. Over the two years and three rotations you will be a full-time employee with a salary and benefits package. Based on your discipline, you will have opportunities working in rotations under:

  • Clinical Program Development
  • Data Sciences
  • Outsourcing
  • Global Drug Supply Management
  • Compliance
July 28, 2015 Reproductive Genetic InnovationsGenetic Counseling Assistant — Full Time — Northbrook, IL — Immediately until filled

Summer Enrichment

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Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
March 1, 2016

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The Carolina Summer Fellowship in Pharmacology — Chapel Hill, NC — April 1, 2016

Feb 29, 2016 Boston UniversitySummer Study Internship Program — Boston, MA — April 22, 2016
Feb 10, 2016

Des Moines University Des Moines University's Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program - DMU Health P.A.S.S. — Des Moines, IA — February 15, 2016

Feb 3, 2016 US Army Institute for Surgical ResearchPAID Summer Internship Program for Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, and Engineering (STEM) undergraduate students —San Antonio, TX —March 4, 2016
Jan 20, 2016 University of Illinois nano@illinois Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) — Urbana, IL — March 1, 2016
Jan 13, 2016 SENS Research Foundation2016 Summer Scholars — Various — February 1, 2016
Jan 8, 2016 The University of MIchiganSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) — Ann Arbor, MI — February 15, 2016
Dec 18, 2015 University of Chicago, Pritzker School of MedicinePSOMER (Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research) — Chicago, IL — January 29, 2016
Dec 16, 2015 Frontier Nursing UniversityThe Courier Program Summer Service-Learning Internship — Hyden, KY — February 12, 2016
Dec 9, 2015 The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric GenomicsResearch Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program — Chicago, IL — February 8, 2016
Dec 9, 2015

Des Moines University — Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program - DMU Health P.A.S.S. — Des Moines, IA — February 15, 2016

Dec 4, 2015 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) — Boston, MA — February 1, 2016
Dec 4, 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) — Richmond, VA — February 1, 2016
Nov 30, 2015 CaltechAmgen Scholars Program — Pasadena, CA — February 15, 2016
Nov 30, 2015 CaltechWAVE Fellows Program — Pasadena, CA — January 7, 2016
Nov 30, 2015 The University of PennsylvaniaPost-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PennPREP) — Philadelphia, PA — March 1, 2016
Nov 19, 2015 University of Alabama at Birmingham PARAdiGM - Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education — Birmingham, AL — February 15, 2016
Nov 19, 2015 University of Alabama at Birmingham Summer in Biomedical Sciences — Birmingham, AL — February 15, 2016
Nov 18, 2015 University of Illinois, Department of ChemistryResearch Experience for Undergraduates Program — Urbana, IL — February 12, 2016
Nov 17, 2015 Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public HealthSummer Program in Epidemiology — Boston, MA — February 26, 2016
Nov 17, 2015 Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program2016 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD-PhD students — New York, NY — February 1, 2016
Nov 12, 2016 UIC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) — Chicago, IL — February 1, 2016
Nov 12, 2015 University of MichiganSummer Enrichment Program — Ann Arbor, MI — January 15, 2016
Oct 13, 2015 University of Illinois @ Chicago Summer Undergraduate Research in the College of Pharmacy — Chicago, IL — February 1, 20166
Oct 1, 2015 University of Michigan — Medical Scientist Training Program "UM-SMART" — Ann Arbor, MI— January 15, 2015

Workshops and Seminars

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Opportunity Details
Midwestern University Healthcare Professions Career Day

Midwestern University would like to invite you to attend our Healthcare Professions Career day on Thursday, April 6th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  If you have an interest in any of our professional degree seeking programs, then this event will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about those degree programs, speak with faculty representatives and students, and tour our beautiful campus facilities. To learn more and RSVP click here!

Doctor of Physical Therapy Preview Day

Des Moines University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Visit Day: 
June 17, 2016

You're invited to apply to be a guest DPT student for the day! With the competitiveness of graduate health science programs increasing annually, consider gaining a leg up on the competition by visiting Des Moines University prior to applying! This day is filled with ways for you to engage with the campus community while you investigate if DMU is a good fit for your graduate education. DPT Preview attendees are given priority consideration in the application and admission process for Des Moines University's DPT program!

The DPT Preview event will host a maximum of 15 students and an application is required. Applicants must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to be considered. The application deadline is May 1, 2016. 

Click here to register.

You are invited to attend Discover DMU on Wednesday, November 11, 2015!
Join us on campus for an interactive exploration of Des Moines University's graduate programs!
  • Hear about admission requirements directly from the admissions staff, and what you can do to be a competitive applicant.
  • Learn about campus resources, including financial aid, multicultural affairs and student clubs.
  • Tour the campus, visit the library, and check out the award-winning wellness center.
  • Participate in activities based specifically on your area of interest:
    • Pre-Physician Assistant students will hear from the program director, Joel Rand, and will have the opportunity to interact with current students.
    • Those interested in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program will see a hands-on demonstration of Osteopathic Manual Medicine.
    • Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy students will visit the physical therapy classrooms and learn more about the program's focus on manual therapy.
    • Individuals interested in the Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Public Health programs will experience individualized tours of campus and the opportunity to ask detailed questions about the curriculum.
    • The anatomy lab will be open for students interested in the Master of Science in Anatomy program.

Career Resources

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SMCB provides links to realiable and trusted resouces for its students concerning career choices. These resources are monitored routinely and new items are added on an ongoing basis. So, please be sure to check back from time to time.

  • The Career Center. The Career Center serves all students of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign regarding professional and career development. Through collaborative and innovative programs, services, and resources, the staff seeks to educate and empower students to actively plan their futures as contributing members of a global community.
  • Workshop - Career Options With An MCB Degree,from Oct 29th 2013. What you can do with a degree in MCB? What are your future professional goals? What options do you have in the “real world”? MCB Advisor Brad Mehrtens will present on various career options one has with a degree in MCB.
  • Job Search 101 videos. Provided by the Career Center.
  • Pre-health advising: For help furthering your pre-health career, the university has pre-health counselors located in the Career Center. Make sure to subecribe to the Health Careers Chronicle weekly email and participate in a mock interview. In addition to the counselors the center has many excellent resources on its website.
  • The U of I's Virtual Job Board, an excelllent resource for current on-campus openings. There are typically one or more laboratory positions available at any given time.
  • I-Link at the Career Center. Students can search for internships, employment opportunities, as well as sign-up for interviews, and view a full calendar of career programs and events.
  • MCB Intership Overview: A guide to finding biology-related internships in industry, government and academia.
  • "Making the Most of Career Fairs" - an article from Science Magazine adapted by Heather Minks, Director of Biotechnology Career Services.
  • How to Attend and Get the Most Out of a Virtual Job Fair - a good article on utilizing this valuable resource.
  • 11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs - an interesting article from the Undercover Recruiter.
  • - provides tons of information for current and prospective graduate students. A master’s degree is becoming more popular because of the excess in bachelor’s degree holders competing for a fixed number of jobs. They have built a directory that contains over 90,000 program listings and allows you to determine which program features are most important to you so you can identify the program that best matches your personal interests and career goals. They have also created a database of over 5,000 scholarships for graduate and post-graduate study areas which interested student can pursue to help finance their education.
  • Accredited Online Schools & Colleges - The site provides a comprehensive and informative resource that sorts out schools with accredited degree programs. It can be specifically filtered according to the degree level and the subjects/programs of your choice. If you type the name of your school in the 'Search for a school' box, it will appear that it's included in the list of Schools offering Accredited degree programs. This is free to use and will remain open to all users.
  • The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today's world of work in the United States. It was developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission (now part of the NC Commerce Department) during the 1990s.[1] John L. Holland's vocational model, often referred to as the Holland Codes, is used in the "Interests" section of the O*NET.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics has lots of valuable data that can be used when investigating careers. The various professional societies pertinent to biologists can be found on the site via a simple search. The following is an incomplete list of the societies.