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Campus career fairs
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.
As a student in the College of LAS, you 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.
Upcoming career fairs
ACES + LAS Career Fair
In person, Thursday, September 22, 2022
Virtual, Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Past career fairs
- ACES + LAS Career Fair
Thursday September 23, 2021
- Illinois Career & Internship Fair
Thursday April 1, 2021
- Société de Chimie Industrielle Virtual Career Fair and Forum
Fri March 25, 2022
- Illinois Grainger Engineering Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fair
Wed February 17, 2021
- Illinois Gies Business Virtual Fair- Spring 2021
Thu February 11, 2021
- Spring 2021 Statistics and Mathematics Virtual Career Forum
Tue February 9 to Wed February 10, 2021
- Illinois Part-Time Job Fair - Spring 2021
Tue February 2, 2021
- 16th Annual Graduate & Professional School Virtual Fair
Thu October 22, 2020
- Illinois ACES + LAS 2020 Virtual Career Fair - Registration Open Now!
Thu September 24, 2020
- Gies Virtual Career Fair- Fall 2020
Thu September 17 to Fri September 18, 2020
- Illinois Engineering Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair
Wed September 9 to Thu September 10, 2020
- Illinois Part-Time Job Fair Fall 2020
Tue September 8, 2020
Mentorship and advice from professionals
The MCB Professional Mentorship Program brings together physicians, dentists, researchers, and other professionals, many of them alumni, and matches them with motivated students.
MCB Career Connections is a virtual series featuring clinicians, R&D specialists, and more. In these one-hour sessions professionals share insights with students about their career path and welcome questions from MCB students.
MCB Advising hosts several workshops and career talks throughout the year.
External websites with job listings and resources
Benchspace is a monthly newsletter with excellent job opportunities for recent graduates or soon-to-graduate students who are planning on pursuing graduate or medical school.
BioSpace is a digital hub for news and careers related to life sciences. Their Jobs page is a good single source for positions in the biological sciences.
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.
JobScan Get past resume robots. Ninety percent of large companies use applicant tracking systems to search for qualified candidates from large applicant pools. These systems help employers by analyzing resumes and CVs, surfacing candidates that best match the position and filtering out those who don't. JobScan has researched the top systems used by thousands of companies and built an algorithm based on the common patterns among them.
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has recently updated their Career Readiness Competencies.
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.