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(Archived) Career Development 2016-2017

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.

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  • 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 25, 2017 Columbia UniversityPostbac Premed Program — New York, NY — June 15, 2017
April 14, 2017

University of California Medical Schools UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium — Various locations around California — May 8, 2017

March 28, 2017 UC Berkeley Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program — Berkeley, CA
Feb 1, 2017 University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Master of Medical Sciences — Burlington, VT
Dec 7, 2016 The Ohio University Discovery PREP — Columbus, OH — April 1, 2017
Oct 23, 2016 University of Pennsylvania Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) — Philadelphia, PA — March 1, 2017
Aug 16, 2016 North Park UniversityPost-bachelor's second degree program — Chicago, IL
May 18, 2016 The Ohio StateDISCOVERY Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) — Columbus, OH

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 27, 2017 Iowa State UniversityOne-year Medical Master's — Ames, IA — June 1, 2017
April 1, 2017 Georgetown UniversityMaster's Degree Program in Systems Medicine — Washington, D.C. — May 15, 2017
March 16, 2017 Mercer University School of Medicine Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences — Macon, GA — March 24, 2017
March 16, 2017 Mercer University School of Medicine Master of Biomedical Sciences — Macon, GA — March 24, 2017
March 16, 2017 Mercer University School of Medicine Master of Family Therapy — Macon, GA — March 24, 2017
March 6, 2017 Ball StatePhD in Human Bioenergetics — Muncie, IN
March 6, 2017 Ball StateMS in Exercise Physiology — Muncie, IN
March 3, 2017 Loyola UniversityMA in Medical Sciences — Chicago
March 2, 2017 Eastern Virginia Medical School Master of Surgical Assisting — Norfolk, VA
March 2, 2017 Des Moines University Master of Health Care Administration — Des Moine, IA
March 2, 2017 Des Moines University Master of Anatomy and Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences — Des Moine, IA
Feb 28, 2017 Saint Louis UniversityMaster of Public Health — St. Louis, MO
Feb 1, 2017 University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Master of Medical Sciences — Burlington, VT
Jan 23, 2017 U of I MS of Engineering in Bioengineering — Urbana, IL— March 11, 2017
Dec 16, 2016 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Non-Thesis MS in Biological Science Program — Milwaukee, WI
Dec 13, 2016 University of IllinoisMaster of Public Health — Urbana, IL — 4:30 to 5:30 pm January 26, 2017
Dec 8, 2016 University of IllinoisCollege of Business Graduate Programs — Urbana, IL
Dec 2, 2016 Columbia University MS in Nutrition Science — New York, NY
2 Nov 19016 Loyola University MA in Medical Sciences — Chicago, IL
Nov 7, 2016 Harvard Medical SchoolMaster of Medical Sciences in Immunology — Boston, MA
Nov 1, 2016 University of Nevada, RenoMaster of Public Health — Reno, NV
Oct 28, 2016 Univ. of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology MS & PhD Programs — Los Angeles, CA
Oct 28, 2016 University of Michigan PhD in Chemical Biology — Ann Arbor, MI — December 15, 2017
Oct 24, 2016 Tufts UniversityPublic Health & Professional Degree Programs — Boston, MA
Oct 23, 2016 University of Southern CaliforniaPh.D. program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics — Los Angeles, CA
Oct 17, 2016 Iowa State UniversityOne-Year Master's in Biomedical Sciences — Ames, IA
Oct 13, 2016 University of MassachusettOne Year Microbiology MS— Amherst, MA — December 1, 2016
Oct 12, 2016 University of Illinois ChicagoMEd in Science Education — Chicago, IL — February 1, 2017
Oct 3, 2016 Case Western Reserve University Anesthesiologist Assistant Program — Cleveland, OH
Sept 9, 2016 Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair
Sept 9, 2016 University of Pennsylvania VMD-PhD COmbined Degree Studies — Philadelphia, PA
Sept 4, 2016 Big Ten+ Graduate School Exposition
Sept 13, 2016 Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair


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Post Date Company / Institution — Details
Feb 6, 2017 Office of Volunteer Programs / U of I — Looking for a paid internship for the 2017-18 school year or summer job? Check out opportunities with the Office of Volunteer Programs.
Jan 31, 2017

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities - U of I. Are you a life science or bio-engineering major interested in philosophy, politics, history, and literature? Are you a humanities major who also dabbles in biochemistry, molecular biology, endocrinology, or neuroscience? Are you interested in exploring how the sciences and the humanities are together generating new areas of research?

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Bio-humanities research group for the academic year 2017–2018.

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 14, 2017 Northwestern University — Science in Society Mentor — Fulltime — Chicago, IL —April 29, 2017
April 1, 2017 The University of Charleston School of PharmacySummer internship — Internship — Charleston, WV
March 3, 2017 University of Illinois TRIO Upward Bound College Prep Academy (various position) — On Campus — March 16th
March 3, 2017

AbbVie — Study Management Associate I — Fulltime — Chicago, IL

AbbVie, is hiring 40 people for the department of Oncology Clinical Program Development. They are hiring individuals with zero career experience for entry-level positions and recruit heavily out of U of I. The job board can be found at and the position of interest is called "Study Management Associate I."  

One of our recent graduates brought this to our attention and says the following, “I would highly recommend that any MCB job-seeker applies. Even if they want to go back to school for some kind of advanced degree eventually, having this legitimate career experience is quite valuable. I truly believe AbbVie is a great company with fantastic culture and compensation, not to mention a strong pipeline of investigational products.”

Feb 27, 2017

Northwestern UniversityScience Education Fellows — Fulltime — Evanston, IL — March 24, 2017

We have a job opportunity for graduating seniors and recent college graduates with science majors who are interested in working in the Chicago community. We are looking to hire five Science Education Fellows to mentor and tutor small groups of Chicago Public Schools students for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. Small group sessions focus on teaching biology as well as helping the students build the skills necessary for academic success. More about these full-time, paid positions can be learned at

Jan 26, 2017 U of I Leadership Center various — Part Time — Urbana, IL — February 10, 2017
Dec 2, 2016 University of IllinoisLaboratory Technician (Academic Hourly) — Part Time — On Campus
Aug 4, 2016 Project: VisionYouth Programs Coordinator — Fulltime — Chicago, IL
Aug 2, 2016 U of I Research Technician in Physiology Laboratory — Full Time — On Campus — Immediately until filled

Summer Enrichment

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Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
Feb 20, 2017 University of ChicagoThe 2017 Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) — Chicago, IL — March 13, 2017
Feb 8, 2017 Michigan State UniversityCollege of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer program (MSU CVM ESP) — East Lansing, MI — March 15, 2017
Feb 6, 2017 Boston University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) — Boston, MA — March 3, 2017
Jan 12, 2017 Avid CNA School Summer CNA Certification Exam Prep Course — Streamwood, IL
Jan 12, 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) — Boston, MA — February 4, 2017
Jan 5, 2017 University of Illinois Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Toxicology Program (suretox) — Urbana, IL — February 2, 2017
Jan 4, 2017 Frontier Nursing University Courier Rural and Public Health Summer Service Learning Program — Lexington, KY — February 9, 2017
Jan 4, 2017 Boston University Summer Program in Neuroscience — Boston, MA — February 28, 2017
Jan 3, 2017 Various 2017 Genes and Addictive Behavior REHU Program — Various — February 6, 2017
Jan 3, 2017 University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship — Ann Arbor, MI — January 31, 2017
Dec 16, 2016 Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program (UCRIP) — Nashville, TN — February 1, 2017
Dec 8, 2016 Michigan State UniversityBiomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program — East Lansing, MI
Dec 6, 2016 SENS Research Foundation 2017 SRF Summer Scholars Program — Various — February 6, 2017
Dec 1, 2016 The Ohio State SUCCESS Summer Program — Columbus, OH — January 7, 2017
Nov 21, 2016 UIC College of Pharmacy @ RockfordSummer Pharmacy Institute — Rockford, IL — April 3, 2016
Nov 17, 2016 Northwestern UniversitySummer REU in Nanotechnology — Evanston, IL — February 13, 2017
Nov 7, 2016 University of VermontSummer Medical School Prep Program — Burlington, VT
Nov 2, 2016 Association of American Medical CollegesSummer Health Professions Education Program — Various — March 1, 2017
Oct 25, 2017 UICCollege of Pharmacy Summer Undergrad Research Fellowships — Chicago, IL — February 1, 2017
Oct 14, 2016 Mayo ClinicSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program— Rochester, MN / Jackson, FL — December 1, 2016

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.