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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.

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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


2018 ACES and LAS Career Fair

Date: Thursday, October 4, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC),

201 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

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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.

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.


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Post Date Company / Institution — Details
Nov 14, 2017 City Internships — The official launch of the admissions process for our summer 2018 City Internships (CI) programs. All interested students may apply via

Program summary
All CI programs feature a series of career-readiness classes, workshops and events centered around an internship placement at a leading company.

All programs are open to students from any year, with any major. Students may choose to join a program in one of 18 cities, with a placement in one of 9 career fields.

18 Destinations: New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, ZurichSydney, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires.

9 Career fieldsBanking & Financial services; Consulting & Professional services; Law & Politics; Technology & Engineering; Marketing, Advertising & PR; Media, Entertainment & Journalism; Art, Fashion & Design; Start-ups & Entrepreneurship; Charities, NFPs & NGOs.

Our one-page notice board flyer and 13-page student prospectus provide, respectively, summary and detailed information for those new to CI and our programs.
Nov 30, 2017

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

#1 — The U.S. Army Research Lab Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program — The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) has Summer Journeyman Fellowships available for undergraduate-PhD students.  

Over the 2018 summer, students can participate in research at one of the Army Research Lab facilities in Aberdeen, MD, Adelphi, MD, or White Sands, NM in one of five research areas:

  • Computational & Information Sciences (May consider international students pursuing STEM degrees at U.S. institutions)
  • Human Research & Engineering (May consider international students pursuing STEM degrees at U.S. institutions)
  • Sensors & Electron Devices (May consider international students pursuing STEM degrees at U.S. institutions)
  • Vehicle Technology (U.S. Citizens ONLY)
  • Weapons & Materials (U.S. Citizens ONLY)

#2 — The U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research Summer Internship Program — The U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research, located in San Antontio, TX has just posted their opportunity for the 2018 Summer Internship Program.  This opportunity is open to only Bachelor level candidates.  U.S. Citizenship is REQUIRED.  Applications close Tuesday, January 2, 2018. The intent of the undergraduate student internship is to provide an opportunity for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large.  This mentored research experience will expose interns to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation’s premier military trauma research institute.

Nov 30, 2017

UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography — Are you considering applying to grad school and interested in oceanography as a career path? Contemplating a career in scientific research and development?

The Marine Physical Laboratory, at UC San Diego’s world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is currently seeking inquisitive, motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science to apply for the 2018 MPL Summer Internship Program.

Undergraduate college students majoring in Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology are encouraged to apply. This ten-week internship will offer qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world and learn about marine science and technology while earning a modest salary.

UCSD is an equal opportunity employer, with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Nov 14, 2017

Multiple Podiatric Medicine Internship Opportunities — We’re (AACPM) excited to share a new resource now available on the American Association of College of Podiatric Medicine’s website.  We’ve collected all the Podiatric Medicine Internship opportunities in one location – from winter to summer, our colleges have an opportunity that fits your needs.

August 28, 2017 Abbott Operations Intern
June 27, 2017 City Internships The Global Vanguard Program centers around an internship placement with a leading company. It is a semester-length program and is focused on students acquiring permanent, post-program employment. The Vanguard program is therefore most popular with rising seniors and recent graduates. Places are available in London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sydney and Hong Kong. Those interested must apply by Friday, July 28th. Early application is advised; places are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Job Postings

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Post Date Company — Position — Type — Location — Application Deadline
Nov 26, 2018 Rush University Medical Center — Spine Research Assistant (2 needed) — Full Time — Chicago, IL — March 31, 2019
June 14, 2018 U of I Instructional Laboratory Specialist in Comparative Biosciences (Gross Anatomy Lab) — July 6, 2018
June 14, 2018 Oak Ridge Institute for Science and EducationMultiple Research Opportunities— Full Time — Ongoing
April 24, 2018 Mobile Science CampLead Instructor — Summer Seasonal
April 19, 2018 Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center— Research Specialist — Full Time — Urbana, IL — April 30, 2018
April 17, 2018 Northwestern University— Science Education Fellow — Full Time — Chicago, IL — May 1st
Mar 29, 2018 Accenture — Informatics Analyst — Full Time — Orlando, FL
Mar 27, 2018

Univ. of Illinois' Energy Farm— Farm Research — Full Time — Urbana, IL

This position provides support for research on plant breeding and genetics of perennial grasses, especially bioenergy crops such as Miscanthus. The candidate must be able to work 40 hours/week. A farm background is desirable but not required. Experience working with research techniques is desirable. Ability to start work as soon as possible would be a plus. Experience and/or interest in plants and science are desirable. Proficiency with spreadsheet software is required. The successful applicant will be able to think and work independently, with minimum supervision, yet as part of a coordinated team. Please send your resume (including your GPA) and letter of interest to Joe Zimmerman at

Mar 12, 2018 Brigham & Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School— Technical Research Assistant — Full Time — Boston, MA
Feb 8, 2018 SIU Medicine — Genetic Counselor Assistant / Genetic Specialist — Full Time — Carbondale, IL — ASAP
Nov 13, 2017 Abbott NutritionOperations Management Intern — Part Time — Research Park
Sept 25, 2017 ScribekickMedical Scribe — Full Time — Various — Ongoing
Aug 14, 2017 University of Illinois DIA Content Tutors — Part Time — On Campus
Aug 14, 2017

University of Illinois — MCB communications office student assistant — Part Time — On Campus

The MCB communications office is seeking a student assistant to work a minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 15 hours per week this fall.  The position involves science writing for the non-scientist, photography, design, formatting, organizing protocols, and creativity. No specific experience needed, however, the ideal candidate will embrace technology and be committed to heuristic learning. Interested applicants should email Stephanie Adams at for more information or to set up an interview.

Summer Enrichment

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Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
Dec 12, 2018 Harvard T.H. Chain School of Public HealthSummer 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
Feb 22, 2018 University of Detroit Mercy School of DentistrySummer Enrichment Program — Detroit, MI — March 2, 2018
Feb 1, 2018 California School of Podiatric Medicine Summer Immersion Program — Oakland, CA — May 15, 2018
Jan 18, 2018 Harvard University School of Public Health Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology (note: Feb 1 deadline) / Fostering Advancement& Careers through Enrichment Training in Science (FACETS) / Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics / Summer Program in Biological Sciences — Boston, MA — Feb 4, 2018
Jan 16, 2018 Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicineSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program – Athens, OH — Feb 1, 2018
Jan 11, 2018 US Air Force Research Laboratory 2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program —Belcamp, MD — Jan 21, 2018
Jan 9, 2018 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program / Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) / Kidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 12, 2018
Jan 2, 2017 The National Institute on Drug Abuse 2018 NIDA Summer Research Internship Program (Application) — various — Feb 12, 2018
Dec 20, 2017 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (UIUC forms) — Jan 12, 2018
Dec 15, 2017 MIT MIT Summer Research Program — Boston, MA — Jan 16, 2018
Dec 11, 2017 UIC College of PharmacySummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship — Chicago, IL — Feb 1, 2018
Dec 9, 2017 Sens Research Institute 2018 Regenerative Medicine Summer Internship Opportunities — various — Feb 5, 2018
Dec 1, 2017 UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford Summer Pharmacy Institute — Rockford, IL — April 1, 2018
Nov 22, 2017 UIUC's College of Veterinary Medicine The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Toxicology (SURE Tox) — Urbana, IL — Feb 1, 2018
Nov 20, 2017 Caltech The WAVE Fellows program — Pasadena, CA — Jan 12, 2018
Nov 20, 2017 CaltechAmgen Scholars Program — Pasadena, CA — Feb 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2017 Summer Health Professions Education Program — Multiple health field related opportunities — various
Sept 27, 2017 National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Summer Opportunities Listings