Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Career Development seeks to provide career guidelines, resources and opportunities to School of MCB students in an effort to help them achieve their major-related career objectives. MCB facilitates connections between employers and students and fosters personal growth and professional development throughout their job search. Whether you are seeking a career in industry, government, higher education, or hoping to gain practical experience through a summer internship, we can help.Schedule an appointment with one of our career coaches, Tina Knox or Tim Bowers, today!
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.
Use the links below to learn more about career options and services for MCB students.
Handshake @ Illinois: Employers and Opportunities at Your Fingertips
Illinois' campus-wide recruiting platform, tens of thousands of jobs and internships are posted here annually.
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
From the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Are you career ready? https://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/career-readiness-defined/
Partial List of Companies Where Our Recent Grads are Employed
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN - "Mayo Clinic Employee Expereinces" podcast series.
- 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: http://www.thenarap.org/.
Resume and Personal Statement Reviews
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and/or personal statement to schedule an appointment.
Are you a pre-health student? Looking for career enrichment opportunities? Check out ExploreHEALTHCareers.org. You can search by career, type and location.
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 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 2021 Virtual Career Fair
Thursday September 23, 2021Virtual
- Illinois Career & Internship Fair
Thursday April 1, 2021Virtual
- Illinois Grainger Engineering Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fair
Wed February 17, 2021Virtual
- Illinois Gies Business Virtual Fair- Spring 2021
Thu February 11, 2021Virtual
- Spring 2021 Statistics and Mathematics Virtual Career Forum
Tue February 9 to Wed February 10, 2021Virtual
- Illinois Part-Time Job Fair - Spring 2021
Tue February 2, 2021Virtual
- 16th Annual Graduate & Professional School Virtual Fair
Thu October 22, 2020Virtual
- Illinois ACES + LAS 2020 Virtual Career Fair - Registration Open Now!
Thu September 24, 2020Virtua
- Gies Virtual Career Fair- Fall 2020
Thu September 17 to Fri September 18, 2020Virtual
- Illinois Engineering Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair
Wed September 9 to Thu September 10, 2020Virtual
- Illinois Part-Time Job Fair Fall 2020
Tue September 8, 2020Virtual
|Post Date||Company / Institution — Details|
|Sept 21, 2021||
Brightseed drives health by connecting plants and people at a molecular level. We believe nature has the answers to address the most pressing health challenges of our time. Yet, millions of compounds in the plant kingdom remain unexplored! We built the technology to uncover them using systems biology and machine learning. Brightseed's Forager® is the first and only artificial intelligence designed to understand how plant bioactive compounds impact human biology. Enabled by Forager, we see a future of proactive health, where chronic disease is a thing of the past and feeling great is not an exception. At Brightseed we develop proprietary bioactives and work with partners to enable bioactive applications across industries such as agriculture, packaged food and beverage, specialized ingredients, supplements, personal care, and pharma.
Biology Scientist Position:
Please visit Handshake@Illinois for more information.
|Sept 2, 2021||
On-campus EMTS needed
IEMS is looking for registered EMTs to join and staff various sporting events. The is a paid position, and there is no set requirement for hours. Having EMTs on site is critical to successful and safe games, and that is why it is incredibly important to find students to work these events. This is a great way for Pre-Health students to experience working in the medical field. To apply, students need to email their Illinois EMT license and CPR certification to email@example.com.
Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Aug 17, 2021||
Accurate, Innovative, High-Quality Diagnostics
At InBios, we believe an accurate diagnosis is the first step to effective treatment. Specializing in the design, development, and manufacture of immunodiagnostic devices for infectious diseases, InBios International Inc. strives to improve health outcomes globally by providing superior quality products that are accurate, easy to use and cost effective. Founded in 1996 in Seattle, WA, InBios has 70+ employees and more than 25 products, including FDA-cleared ELISA kits for Zika, dengue and West Nile.
Go to Handshake@Illinois for more information
|Aug 5, 2021||
The University of Illinois Foundation is hiring students to become Student Development Representatives for the upcoming fall semester. They are currently in the application/hiring process with the plan for our next group of students to start on October 4th.
The job consists of multi-communicational outreach to alumni and friends of the university. They offer extensive training and consistently work to prepare thir students for their future professional careers.
Apply by contacting ( 217) 300-7272 (UIF Hiring Hotline).
|Aug 5, 2021||
Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc
QC Biochemist/chemist II. More information can be found on Handshake@illinois:. https://illinois.joinhandshake.com/jobs/5141620
|July 22, 2021||
Graduate Hourly Research - Laboratory of Viral Pathogenesis
|July 21, 2021||
This role will be responsible for performing, analyzing, and documenting experiments to support multiple R&D endeavors. They will work closely to assist scientists and engineers to develop and test workflows and hypotheses. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully carrying out laboratory SOPs independently. This role requires excellent verbal and written communication.
|July 21, 2021||
Post-Baccalaureate Research Internship
|May 4, 2021||
Fall 2021 OMSA Tutoring Positions Available
The Office of Minority Student Affair’s Academic Services Center is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021 tutors. We are particularly interested in applicants who can provide tutoring support for the following courses: ACCY201, ACCY202, CHEM101, CHEM102, CHEM104, CHEM232, CS105, CS125, ECE110, ECE120, ECON102, ECON103, FR101, FR102, FR103, IB100, IB150, MATH112, MATH115, MATH124, MATH213, MATH220, MATH221, MATH231, MATH234, MCB150, PHYS101, PHYS102, PHYS211, PHYS212, PSYC100, SPAN122, SPAN130, SPAN142, STAT100 For more information click here
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.
|Post Date||Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline|
|March 28, 2021||University of Deroit Mercy— The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) New York, NY — March 1, 2021|
|March 28, 2021||University of Illinois Chicago— 2021 Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI) Chicago, IL — April 1, 2021|
|March 28, 2021||SUNY College of Optometry— Eye-CARE Camp New York, NY — June 25, 2021|
|March 28, 2021||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center— Molecular Imaging Summer Program and Chemical Biology Summer Program New York, NY — February 1, 2021|
|March 28, 2021||University of Michigan— UM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program 2021 February 1, 2021|
|March 28, 2021||University of Michigan— Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute February 3, 2021|
|March 10, 2021||Bristol Myers Squibb — Various summer internships — Several locations|
|March 1, 2021||Campbell University — Ransdell Family Health Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (HPREP) — Buies Creek, NC — March 15, 2021|
|Jan 19, 2021||Texas A&M University — Summer Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics (SURGe) Program — College Station, TX — February 15, 2021|
|Jan 14, 2021||The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Clinical and Research Undergraduate Summer Programs — Birmingham, AL — February 12, 2021|
|Jan 13, 2021||Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine — Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program — Athens, OH — February 1, 2021|
|Jan 11, 2021||SENS Research Foundation — SRF Summer Scholars Program — Several locations — January 15, 2021|
|Jan 11, 2021||Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Technology — Repperger Research Intern Program — Several locations — February 15, 2021|
|Dec 22, 2020||The Ohio State University — Discovery Prep — Columbus, OH — Rolling admissions (roughly the beginning of Apil 2021)|
|Dec 10, 2020||Loyola University — Loyola Adventures in Urobiome Data Summer Research — March 1, 2021|
|Nov 30, 2020||UC Davis — Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (April 22-23) — January 31, 2021|
|Nov 20, 2020||City Internships — Summer 2021 Programs|
|Nov 18, 2020||University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine — Summer Pathway Programs — Feb 8, 2021|
|Nov 18, 2020||UW-Madison — Biological Interactions: Phenotype, Genotype, and Environment Research Program — Feb 15, 2021|
|Nov 18, 2020||Johns Hopkins Medicine — Summer Internship — Nov 8, 2020|
|Nov 18, 2020||Memorial Sloan Kettering — Chemical Biology Summer Program — February 5, 2021|
|Nov 18, 2020||Summer Health Professions Education Program — February 5, 2021|
|Oct 28, 2020||National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences — Summer Internship — March 1, 2021|
|Oct 28, 2020||Office of Intramural Training and Education — Summer Internship in Biomedical Research|
|Oct 28, 2020||National Science Foundation — Research Experience for Undergraduates|
|Oct 23, 2020||U.S. Department of Energy Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists — Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship — Jan 12, 2021|
|Oct 20, 2020||University of Pennsylvania and Washington University St. Louis — Center for Engineering Mechanobiology — Feb 1, 2021|
|Oct 10, 2020||Mayo Clinic — Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship — Nov 8, 2020|
|Oct 10, 2020||Stowers Summer Scholars — Medical Research Experience — Kansas City, MO — February 1, 2021|
|Oct 2, 2020||University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine — Summer Undergraduate Opportunities — Iowa City, IA|
|Post Date||Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline|
|March 6, 2020||Keck Graduate Institute — Summer 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 Birmingham — Short Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons (STEP-UP)— Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020|
|Jan 23, 2020||The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020|
|Jan 23, 2020||The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Summer 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 Birmingham — Kidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020|
|Jan 23, 2020||The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Summer Program in Neurobiology (SPIN) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020|
|Jan 23, 2020||The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020|
|Jan 23, 2020||The University of Alabama at Birmingham — Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020|
|Jan 21, 2020||U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research — Summer 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 Boulder — Young 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 University — Summer 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. Louis — Summer undergraduate research opportunity in mechanobiology — Feb 1, 2020|
|Dec 4, 2019||Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program — 10 Week Summer Research — Ashburn, VA — Jan 7, 2020|
|Nov 20, 2019||Indiana University — Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences (SUREBS) — Bloomington, ID — Jan 15, 2020|
|Nov 18, 2019||American Society for Microbiology — Undergraduate Research Fellowship — Washington, DC — Feb 15, 2020|
|Nov 18, 2019||Stowers Institute for Medical Research — Summer Scholars — Kansas City, MO — Feb 3, 2020|
|Oct 31, 2019||Detroit Mercy Dental — Summer Enrichment Program — Detroit, MI — Late February 2020|
|Oct 31, 2019||University of California-Los Angeles — Bruins-In-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research — Los Angeles, CA —Jan 5, 2020|
|Oct 17, 2019||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — Molecular Imaging Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 2, 2020|
|Oct 17, 2019||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — Chemical Biology Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 2, 2020|
|Oct 9, 2019||University of Pittsburgh — Summer Research — Pittsburgh, PA|
|Post Date||Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline|
|April 15, 2019||Muscular Dystrophy Association — MDA Summer Camp Volunteer — Nationwide Campuses|
|April 15, 2019||Horizons School of Technology — Software Engineering Bootcamp — San Francisco, CA|
|March 8, 2019||Berkeley School of Optometry — Opto-Camp — Berkeley, CA — May 17, 2019|
|Feb 7, 2019||Loyola University Maryland — Baltimore Health Immersion — Baltimore, MD — Feb 25, 2019|
|Jan 31, 2019||Johns Hopkins Medicine — Emergency Department Volunteer Program — Baltimore, MD — Feb 8, 2019|
|Jan 29, 2019||Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine — Aspire Medical School Preparation — Chicago, IL|
|Jan 24, 2019||University of Alabama at Birmingham — Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2019|
|Jan 22, 2019||University of California at Los Angeles — Bruins-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 Chicago — Summer Pharmacy Institute — Rockford, IL — April 1, 2019|
|Jan 22, 2019||Boston University — Summer 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 Program — Gateways 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 Research — Summer 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 Healthcare — Information Technology & Biomedical Informatics Internship — Rochester, MN — Dec 15, 2019|
|Dec 11, 2018||University of Illinois Social Work — Banner Day Camp — Lake Forest, IL|
|Dec 11, 2018||Summer Science Program — Teaching Assistant and Residential Mentor — Dec 31, 2018|
|Dec 6, 2018||Center for Engineering MechanoBiology — Research Experience for Undergraduates — Philadelphia, PA or St. Louis, MO — Feb 1, 2019|
|Dec 4, 2018||Des Moines University — Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program — Des Moines, IA — Feb 15, 2019|
|Dec 4, 2018||University of Michigan Medical School — UM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program — Ann Arbor, MI — Jan 18, 2019|
|Dec 4, 2018||Medical College of Wisconsin — Diversity Summer Health-Related Resarch Education Program — Milwaukee, WI — Feb 1, 2019|
|Nov 30, 2018||University of Chicago — Pritzker School of Medicine Summer Pipeline Programs — Chicago, IL — January 18, 2019|
|Nov 30, 2018||Fulbright Commission — UK Summer Fulbright Institutes — United Kingdom —February 6, 2019|
|Nov 30, 2018||University of Nebraska — Summer Research Program — Lincoln, NE — March 1, 2019|