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Career Development

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

MCB Career Spotlights: Different types of careers you can pursue with an MCB major.

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

  • 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

Announcements

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 tacruz@illinois.edu with your resume and/or personal statement to schedule an appointment.

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Are you a pre-health student? Looking for career enrichment opportunities? Check out ExploreHEALTHCareers.org. You can search by career, type and location.


Career Fairs

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*COVID-19 update*

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.

Job/Internships

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The academic hourly employee will conduct research on bacterial cell cycle regulation in the research lab
of Dr. Paola Mera in the Department of Microbiology. The job requires conducting a variety of scientific
tasks and maintaining the laboratory’s inventories (i.e., supplies and strain collection).

Post Date Company / Institution — Details
Jan 19, 2021 The Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC) is hiring for the 2021-2022 academic year! Application will be going live on Monday, January 25th. We'll be accepting applications for the following positions... Communication & Marketing Specialist Leadership Certificate Program Specialist Data Analytics Specialist Graf Intern Podcast Intern* Photographer* Job descriptions for each of these positions can be found on the employment page on our website. Please note some positions (*) require additional items to be included with your application. Those details can also be found on the employment page.
Dec 3, 2020

Gap Year Opportunity: 2021-2022 Spine Research Assistants at Rush University Medical Center – Dr. Kern Singh — Application deadline: March 31, 2021

Dr. Singh is searching for motivated pre-medical students to work in the capacity of a research
assistant. Our team will be composed of 2 clinical research coordinators/fellows (4th year medical
students), 3 research assistants, as well as Dr. Singh and his clinical staff. We are looking for
hardworking, self-motivated, and honest people for this position.
Position Title: Clinical Research Assistant
Positions: 3
Where: Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, Spine Service, Chicago, IL
Duration: 1 year
When: Approx. mid-May 2021 to mid-May 2022
Salary: Funding for pre-medical students is limited; as such, we are looking for students who are
local and/or have financial support available.

Nov 18, 2020

Remote sales representative/affiliateMatchingdonors.com is a national nonprofit organization that connects people in need of organ transplants with living, altruistic donors. Since 2004, MatchingDonors.com has helped thousands of people get their lifesaving transplant.

Full time or part time, remotely

In these uncertain times, the ability to work flexible hours on your own schedule from home and still make a lot of money is more important than ever. This is a perfect work remotely from home sales person/affiliate opportunity that allows you to earn a great income while saving lives. You can work from anywhere in the world; this opportunity is not just for United States based sales representatives/affiliates.

Nov 18, 2020

 Dr. Paola Mera's Lab — Jan 4, 2021

The academic hourly employee will conduct research on bacterial cell cycle regulation in the research lab
of Dr. Paola Mera in the Department of Microbiology. The job requires conducting a variety of scientific
tasks and maintaining the laboratory’s inventories (i.e., supplies and strain collection).

Oct 28, 2020

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship — Deadline Nov 4, 2020

The WW Pennsylvania Teaching Fellowship is looking for talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields to teach in high-need Pennsylvania secondary schools in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Teaching Fellowship includes: admission to a master's degree program at one of three well-established partner universities teacher certification in science or mathematics education extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom a $32,000 stipend during their first year while completing the master’s degree once Fellows are certified teachers (have completed their master’s degree), they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools after graduation, Fellows commit to teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for three years: PA Fellows who attend the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University must complete their Fellowship commitment in Foundation-approved public schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) PA Fellows who attend Duquesne University must complete their Fellowship commitment in Foundation-approved schools in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) or the surrounding area support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education lifelong membership in a national network of WW Fellows who are intellectual leaders.

Oct 23, 2020

Arthrex

Arthrex, a world leader in orthopedic surgical device design, research, manufacturing and medical education, is committed to one mission: Helping Surgeons Treat Their Patients BetterTM. Learn more about their company culture, their full-time positions, and their internship opportunities.

Oct 23, 2020

SLU's MPH-Maternal and Child Health Program

Join Saint Louis University’s HRSA Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice (MCH COE) for a virtual open house on October 27 Become an MCH Scholar at SLU and address the critical shortage of public health professionals working to improve women and children’s health in the US. Please join us on October 27 at 1:00 p.m. CDT for our first Virtual Open House to learn more about the Saint Louis University Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice (MCH COE), including information about scholarships and the strong job market for students with Master of Public Health degrees in Maternal and Child Health (MPH-MCH). The Open House will take place virtually, via Zoom, on October 27 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT, and will be a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know the MCH COE leadership team, learn more about the MCH COE goals and activities, and ask any question you may have. We hope to see you all there and look forward to meeting you!

Oct 20, 2020

RUSH Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Fellowships 2021-2022

Dr. Adam Yanke is seeking ambitious medical school bound students who are interested in pursuing a year-long clinical research fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Yanke works with the renowned Division of Sports Medicine and is also the Assistant Director of the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush University. Dr. Brian J Cole and Dr. Adam B. Yanke direct the Cartilage Restoration Center. Drs. Cole and Yanke are both leaders in developing innovative biologic methods for addressing early cartilage damage in the knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, ankle and hip. This unique position will allow the research assistant to work closely with gap year medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty at Rush. The research assistant will also have extensive opportunities for publication and presentation of research at various conferences.

 Sept 15, 2020

 Microbiologist Position 

I am seeking a microbiologist with experience culturing and isolating DNA from bacteria and fungi and an interest in lichens. Tasks include developing culturing procedures for lichens and maintaining pure cultures of their mycobiont and photobiont components; using morphological, molecular, and chemical methods to accurately identify lichens; and conducting stress tolerance research on lichens. Work is located at the Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in NW Champaign. B.S. in microbiology required. M.S. or Ph.D. preferred. Hours and schedule are negotiable. Please send resumes to Ryan.R.Busby@usace.army.mil. 

Sept 2, 2020

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC)

Microbial Water Technician (Hourly Assistant) Position

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs. We are seeking an individual to obtain and analyze samples for Legionella pneumophila, incubate the samples, and identify the species of Legionella present. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

July 15, 2020

Stepan

Located just 30 miles North of Chicago, Stepan is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals. Stepan was founded over 80 years ago and has 19 global manufacturing locations with a support network of over 2,000 employees.  

Seeking a talented individual to join the Antimicrobial Product Development team. He/she will play a key role in supporting disinfectant formulations and customer requests to support the Biocide business.      

Feb 24, 2020

ORISE EPA

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are advertising research opportunite


s that would be a good fit for MCB students. Some examples include; Mechanisms of Chemical and Non-Chemical Stressors Impact on Health and Susceptibility Variations, Evaluating the Effects of Chemicals on Human Cell Culture Models.

Summer Enrichment

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.

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Summer 2021

Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
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 BirminghamClinical 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 TechnologyRepperger 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 DavisNeuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (April 22-23) — January 31, 2021
Nov 20, 2020 City InternshipsSummer 2021 Programs
Nov 18, 2020 University of Chicago Pritzer School of MedicineSummer Pathway Programs — Feb 8, 2021
Nov 18, 2020 UW-MadisonBiological Interactions: Phenotype, Genotype, and Environment Research Program — Feb 15, 2021
Nov 18, 2020 Johns Hopkins MedicineSummer 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 SciencesSummer Internship — March 1, 2021
Oct 28, 2020 Office of Intramural Training and EducationSummer Internship in Biomedical Research 
Oct 28, 2020 National Science FoundationResearch Experience for Undergraduates
Oct 23, 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and ScientistsScience Undergraduate Laboratory Internship — Jan 12, 2021
Oct 20, 2020 University of Pennsylvania and Washington University St. LouisCenter for Engineering Mechanobiology — Feb 1, 2021
Oct 10, 2020 Mayo ClinicSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship — Nov 8, 2020
Oct 10, 2020 Stowers Summer ScholarsMedical Research Experience — Kansas City, MO — February 1, 2021
Oct 2, 2020 University of Iowa Carver College of MedicineSummer Undergraduate Opportunities — Iowa City, IA

Summer 2020

Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
March 6, 2020 Keck Graduate InstituteSummer 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 BirminghamShort Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons (STEP-UP)— Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSurgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer 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 BirminghamKidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer Program in Neurobiology (SPIN) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 23, 2020 The University of Alabama at BirminghamPreparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2020
Jan 21, 2020 U.S. Army Institute of Surgical ResearchSummer 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 BoulderYoung 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 UniversitySummer 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. LouisSummer undergraduate research opportunity in mechanobiology — Feb 1, 2020
Dec 4, 2019 Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program10 Week Summer Research — Ashburn, VA — Jan 7, 2020
Nov 20, 2019 Indiana UniversitySummer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences (SUREBS) — Bloomington, ID — Jan 15, 2020
Nov 18, 2019 American Society for MicrobiologyUndergraduate Research Fellowship — Washington, DC — Feb 15, 2020
Nov 18, 2019 Stowers Institute for Medical ResearchSummer Scholars — Kansas City, MO — Feb 3, 2020
Oct 31, 2019 Detroit Mercy DentalSummer Enrichment Program — Detroit, MI — Late February 2020
Oct 31, 2019 University of California-Los AngelesBruins-In-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research — Los Angeles, CA —Jan 5, 2020
Oct 17, 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterMolecular Imaging Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 2, 2020
Oct 17, 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterChemical Biology Summer Program — New York, NY — Feb 2, 2020
Oct 9, 2019 University of PittsburghSummer Research — Pittsburgh, PA

Summer 2019

Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
April 15, 2019 Muscular Dystrophy AssociationMDA Summer Camp Volunteer — Nationwide Campuses
April 15, 2019 Horizons School of TechnologySoftware Engineering Bootcamp — San Francisco, CA
March 8, 2019 Berkeley School of Optometry Opto-Camp — Berkeley, CA — May 17, 2019
Feb 7, 2019 Loyola University MarylandBaltimore Health Immersion — Baltimore, MD — Feb 25, 2019
Jan 31, 2019 Johns Hopkins MedicineEmergency Department Volunteer Program — Baltimore, MD — Feb 8, 2019
Jan 29, 2019 Loyola University Stritch School of MedicineAspire Medical School Preparation — Chicago, IL
Jan 24, 2019 University of Alabama at BirminghamSummer Undergraduate Research Opportunities — Birmingham, AL — Feb 15, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 University of California at Los AngelesBruins-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 ChicagoSummer Pharmacy Institute — Rockford, IL — April 1, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 Boston UniversitySummer 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 ProgramGateways 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 ResearchSummer 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 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