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Career Development

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.

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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

From the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Are you career ready?

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:

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 with your resume and/or personal statement to schedule an appointment.

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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.


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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:
At Brightseed, you will be responsible for building out an innovative biological investigation capability to uncover the health benefits of natural molecules isolated from major domains of life including plants, fungi, and microbes. As part of your work, you will develop our internal capabilities to perform high-throughput screening in collaboration with our computation and chemistry teams. Ultimately, your work will result in the human health knowledge base as a crucial part of our Forager® platform and a portfolio of novel discoveries. This role will report to the Senior Director, Discovery, and is based in South San Francisco.

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

Please direct questions to 

Aug 17, 2021

InBios International, Inc.

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:.

July 22, 2021

Graduate Hourly Research - Laboratory of Viral Pathogenesis

Our laboratory is focused on animal infectious disease with an emphasis on molecular mechanisms
underlying viral virulence and host range of high-consequence viral diseases. We use comparative and
functional genomic approaches together with animal disease models to define and characterize the role
of specific viral and host genes in infection and immunity.

We are looking for an enthusiastic graduate or advanced undergraduate to join our group.

Key Responsibilities:
• Maintain cell cultures for virus-related research
• Grow and titrate virus stocks
• Perform gene cloning, gene expression and protein characterization
• Construct and characterize recombinant DNA viruses
• Perform PCR, RT-PCR and RNA Seq assays for detecting viral and/or cellular nucleic acids
• Perform confocal microscopy on virus-infected cell cultures
• Assist with data compilation and analysis

Preferred Qualifications:
• A BS degree or planned degree in biology, biochemistry, virology, microbiology or molecular
• Knowledge of basic molecular and cell biology techniques including : gene cloning and
expression, protein characterization, RT-PCR and fluorescence microscopy
• Research experience in virology/and or molecular biology/biochemistry. Experience with cell
culture methods, basic virology methods and basic molecular biology methods
• Familiarity with some bioinformatics analysis – RNA Seq and genome and protein annotation
• Excellent communication skills

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Contact: D. L. Rock -

July 21, 2021

Resarch Associate, Cell Line Engineering at Resilience

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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with DNA and RNA, perform molecular biology analyses including next generation sequencing
  • Present internally and externally about the science and methods you are working on
  • Perform phenotypic analysis on cells including fluorescence microscopy
  • Laboratory Operations: Manage electronic laboratory notebook (ELN), order and organize laboratory supplies; coordinate cell line management; dispose of biological and chemical waste; track research team laboratory trainings; help develop and pilot laboratory protocols and standard operating procedures with the project scientist; contribute to scientific manuscripts
  • Track new techniques and technologies in the field of genome engineering (i.e. CRISPR, single cell biology, next generation sequencing)


  • B.S or M.S. in a biology related field (e.g. molecular biology, synthetic biology, immunology)
  • 4 + years of wet lab experience including operating scientific instrumentation such as thermocyclers, fluorescent microscopes, gel electrophoresis.
  • Significant experience in bacterial and mammalian cell culture systems and trained in aseptic technique

Preferred Experience

  • Experience in designing plasmid sequences and maps
  • Experience in preparing, running, and analyzing flow cytometry data
  • Experience in interfacing with laboratory automation (e.g. automated liquid handlers)
July 21, 2021

Post-Baccalaureate Research Internship
University of Iowa, Iowa City IA

The Tootle lab is looking for a Laboratory Research Intern to assist with studies focused on uncovering the roles of nuclear actin during development. The duties for this Laboratory Research Internship position include basic genetic, molecular, and cell biology protocols involving Drosophila genetic manipulation, recombinant DNA and cloning, and Western blotting. This research project will also involve immunofluorescence on tissue samples and confocal microscopy. Candidates will also be asked to assist in experiments generating transgenic Drosophila lines. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal communication and organization skills, and will receive relevant on-site training but will be expected to work independently. Other duties include lab maintenance, cleaning and organization.

This Post-Baccalaureate Research Internship is designed for individuals who are seeking training, experience, and mentoring in a research setting and who plan to pursue a graduate or degree in science. You must have US citizenship or permanent residency to apply. More information on the Research Internship program can be found here:
A Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or similar is required.  Required qualifications include: Laboratory and coursework experience in molecular or cell biology and basic laboratory techniques.  Strong interpersonal skills along with a strong work ethic are required.  Excellent written, verbal, and organization skills are also required.  Desired qualifications include previous independent research experience using Drosophila as a model system. 
Please apply at:

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

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
March 28, 2021 University of Deroit MercyThe Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) New York, NY — March 1, 2021
March 28, 2021 University of Illinois Chicago2021 Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI) Chicago, IL — April 1, 2021
March 28, 2021 SUNY College of OptometryEye-CARE Camp New York, NY — June 25, 2021
March 28, 2021 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterMolecular 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 UniversityRansdell 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 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