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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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  • On-campus Recruiting Events
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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

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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:

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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
April 19, 2022

Research Coordinator

Dr. Brian Cole, the Head Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls, and Chicago White Sox is looking for a Research Coordinator for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. This would be a perfect position for an eager pre-med who is planning to take a gap year while applying to medical school. Job description for the position.

March 25, 2022

Career in Optometry  

Are you interested in a career in optometry? Looking for an exciting career in health care? Join us for our next Career Connection focusing on optometry. Two recent MCB graduates, Diana Masolak ’19 and Annie Czerwinski ’20 will be on Zoom talking about their experience applying for and getting into the Illinois College of Optometry. They’ll talk about what it’s like to be an optometry student and provide you with advice on how to become a competitive applicant. Bring all your questions to this hour-long information session. Topic: Career Connections: Optometry Time: Mar 31, 2022 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 857 6964 0711 Password: 201387 More information here.

Feb 20, 2022

Medical Scribe Job  

Dr. Gupta is looking for a medical scribe full-time in Libertyville IL.We are looking for a candidate able to work full-time on all weekdays. You will not be asked to work weekends and certain major holidays. Schedule is flexible for MCAT exams and/or medical school interviews. As a medical scribe, your primary role is to assist Dr. Mohina Gupta with medical charting during patient encounters More information here.

Feb 20, 2022

Clinical Research Assistant Position  

The Department of Pharmacology & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking applicants for our annual Graeme Carnegie Fellowship for Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research. The 10-week fellowship is a research-intensive opportunity designed for sophomore and junior undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in biomedical sciences or related fields. The program is planned for June 6, 2022 through August 12, 2022, and fellows will receive a stipend of $4,500. The application deadline is March 14, 2022. More information here.

Feb 20, 2022

UIC Carnegie Fellowship Summer Research  

Are you pre-med? Are you planning a gap year? If so, consider applying to this Clinical Research Assistant Position with Dr. Kern Singh at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. 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. The duration is for 1 year. More information here.

Nov 15, 2021

Pediatric Student Research Program (PSRP) 

The Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, offers a Pediatric Student Research Program (PSRP), open to current full-time undergraduate and graduate students as well as high school seniors.

Under the direction of three Washington University faculty, David Wilson, MD, PhD, Ashley Steed, MD, PhD and Cliff J. Luke, PhD, PSRP has been created with the purpose of introducing research to young investigators and to further their existing interest in research. The program includes seminars, mentored research and clinical shadowing experiences during the eight-week scenario, June 6, 2022 through July 29, 2022. Selected participants work alongside experienced researchers. Opportunities range from bench to clinical to community-based research. Students participate in lab meetings to gain insight into the infrastructure of the research operation and to witness the collaborative process of sharing techniques, new endeavors, and successful investigative outcomes.

A full list of prerequisites, qualifications, and additional application and program information can be found in the attached PDF document and on the PSRP website

Oct 27, 2021

Novartis Group of Companies  

Novartis is currently looking for a talented scientist with some experience in cellular and/or biochemical assays. It is a junior scientist position. Some lab experience is good enough as long as the person has a good attitude and is eager to learn. Apply here.

Oct 27, 2021

City Internships Summer 2022 Programs 

For 2021/22, all program varieties now include:

    A summer/semester-length placement with a leading employer in the student's chosen field
    Full 12-unit Career Navigator readiness course & 12-unit Future Leaders commercial skills course,
    A complement of on-the-ground coaches & mentors, and calendar of social, cultural & travel events.
Apply here.

Oct 19, 2021

Illinois Pre-selection for Mayo Clinic’s 2022 Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship. 

This opportunity is ideal for sophomores or juniors who are interested in careers in biomedical research. Past SURF Scholars have come from all across the Illinois campus. We are accepting applications until Nov. 7 and we encourage students to start the application early because they will be asked to submit two letters of recommendation. Apply here.

Oct 7, 2021

Shield Illinois is Hiring  

Join the fight against COVID-19. Positions at collection sites and customer service available now. To apply fill out form here.

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 here

May 4, 2021

Abbott Diagnostics  

Our location in Abbott Park (Lake County), IL currently has an opportunity for a Scientist who will be part of Abbott’s Virus Discovery Program. This program seeks to anticipate the next epidemic and quickly fill the need for accurate diagnosis. Using a metagenomics approach, combining unbiased next-generation sequencing with robust bioinformatic pipelines, we can catalog all known pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) in a specimen and predict the presence of highly divergent viruses for both acute and chronic illnesses that are otherwise undetectable with conventional molecular methods More information here

May 4, 2021

Last Chance! Ortho Molecular Products - Looking to Hire May/June 2021 Graduates - Medical Sales!  

Are you seeking a career path and not just a job? Ortho Molecular is looking to hire five soon-to-be graduates for an entry-level, medical sales position in the nutrition industry. A perfect candidate would possess a strong science background, outgoing personality, competitive demeanor and a passion for health and wellness. Our Inside Sales Representatives are trained and mentored by the best in the nutrition industry to become highly skilled Account Executives through our accelerated program. Click the link below for our application. Interview spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The time to apply is NOW! Job description and application link:

April 21, 2021

The Career Center  

The Career Center is hiring two undergraduate interns for summer. These students will be responsible for a combination of outreach duties, providing review of student resumes/cover letters, leading career readiness presentations and workshops, and some other project-based work for our office. If you know students who are searching for a summer internship, encourage them to apply! We welcome undergraduate applicants from all programs and disciplines. Applications should be sent to me via e-mail by end of day on Monday, May 3rd. For more information here

April 20, 2021

Hands-On Learning Opportunities  

The FSHN-PPP & IBRL continually host classes, conferences, faculty research, and industry projects in the facilities throughout the year. A staff of student interns assist with these activities and gain experience working in the pilot plant and lab facilities performing a wide range of tasks. The FSHN-PPP offers either paid or for-credit opportunities for students across many disciplines at Illinois. For more information here

April 20, 2021

Academic Hourly - Pilot Plant Technician  

The Academic Hourly – Pilot Plant Technician will perform pilot-scale food and bioprocessing research and technical work in the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL). Primary responsibilities will include preparation and completion of research and testing projects, assisting with providing technical and safety training for users of the facility, and writing reports for completed projects.More information here

April 11, 2021

Intern at Abbott  

We are seeking a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) student to assist in the development of a PowerBI tool to monitor product life cycle data at North American Nutrition plants. More information here

March 29, 2021

Academic Hourly Job at Dr. Paola Mera’s Lab - Department of Microbiology  

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). More information here.

March 28, 2021

Enterpriseworks Part-time Student Lab Manager Summer 2021  

EnterpriseWorks is a 43,000-square-foot technology startup incubator at the heart of the University of Illinois Research Park. Its clients span from biotechnology to chemical sciences, software development to materials sciences. Through the commercialization of leading research across the University of Illinois, EnterpriseWorks startups are working to address challenges with transformative results. Application Link Here

March 10, 2021

The University of Chicago has a large-scale randomized controlled trial called the ‘Comprehensive Care Program’ (CCP) led by Dr. David Meltzer.  They

They are currently hiring for 2 Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) positions and would like to share this job opening with students graduating in 2021.

At CCP, they investigate whether providing care from the same physician in inpatient and outpatient settings leads to better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs for patients. CRCs will recruit patients and lead interactions to collect data. They will also directly supervise Research Assistants. Additional job responsibilities are explained in detail on the application portal: We are ideally looking for a 2-year commitment. 

Individuals who have worked in the CRC position with us have gone on to pursue careers in Medicine, Public Policy, and Public Health at institutes including the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Northwestern University.

March 4, 2021

Prof. Kranz Lab on campus

Dear MCB students:

My lab works on various aspects of immunology, specifically on the immunotherapy of cancer.  We would like to hire a full-time research assistant in May 2021.  The position requires that you have graduated by then. It would last, at a minimum, through May, 2022, and possibly 2023. 

Requirements are a GPA above 3.3, and some research experience over the past two years (realizing that COVID may have hindered your work).  If you are ambitious and have an interest in research, please send your resume to me at:

Dave Kranz
Phillip A. Sharp Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry, 352C Burrill Hall

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/affiliate is a national nonprofit organization that connects people in need of organ transplants with living, altruistic donors. Since 2004, 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.

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.

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 2022

Post Date Institution — Program — Location — Application Deadline
Mar 25, 2022 3 week Winter Summer CNA at Avid CNA School Zoom — Claremont, CA — May 23 - June 10, 2022
Feb 24, 2022 Keck Graduate Institute Multipl — Claremont, CA — June 10, 2022
Nov 6, 2021 University of Deroit MercyThe Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) New York, NY — Feb 15, 2022

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