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LAS in C-U Internship Fair

Student interviewing

A local internship fair sponsored by the College of LAS

3:30-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6
Rooms B & C, Illini Union

Come meet local employers and learn how to expand your skills beyond the classroom. These employers seek undergraduate LAS interns both during the school year and in the summer. Register on Handshake @ Illinois to learn more about the participating employers and the types of internships available.

Fair preparation workshops

How to work the LAS in CU Internship Fair

4-4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
1090 Lincoln Hall

Have you thought about attending the LAS in CU Internship Fair, but you aren't sure what to expect or how to make the event work for you? At this workshop, you will learn and practice networking skills, so that you can meet potential employers, learn more about internship opportunities, and position yourself to be hired. NACE competencies covered: career management; professionalism; oral/written communications. This workshop is for undergraduates in the College of LAS.

Internship Essentials

4-4:50 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2
1002 Lincoln Hall

Gaining experience while in college is important to finding employment after graduation. This workshop will include the basics of internships. It will cover how to find an internship, how to convert your internship to a full-time position, and how to search for internships and other opportunities using different search engines including Handshake @ Illinois, our campus-wide career services platform.

Register on Handshake @ Illinois to see an up-to-date list of participating employers.

Some of last year's employers included:

  • AbbVie
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
  • Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab
  • Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
  • Champaign County Health Care Consumers
  • Champaign Police Department
  • Common Ground Publishing
  • Family Support Services of CU
  • Human Kinetics
  • McKinley Health Center – Health Education
  • Prairie Center
  • Presence Covenant/Presence United Samaritans Medical Centers
  • Promise Healthcare
  • Smile Politely
  • State Farm
  • United Way of Champaign County

  • University of Illinois Police
  • University of Illinois Research Park
  • Urbana Adult Education
  • Urbana Business Association
  • Urbana Park District
  • Wesley Food Pantry

Register on Handshake @ Illinois to see an up-to-date list of the kinds of internships available.

Last year, employers sought interns for work in:

  • Academic research
  • Actuarial science
  • Business intelligence
  • Communication
  • Community organizing
  • Community outreach
  • Copy editing
  • Data analysis
  • Database construction
  • Data modeling
  • Data visualization
  • Editorial
  • Education
  • Event planning
  • Fitness
  • Fundraising
  • Graphic design
  • Health administration
  • Human resources
  • Information technology/computer science
  • Instructional design and development
  • Interpreting
  • Knowledge management
  • Landscape architecture
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia
  • Natural resource management
  • Nonprofit management
  • Politics
  • Prototyping
  • Program development
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Public policy
  • Publishing
  • Recreation and park administration
  • Social media
  • Sports management
  • Technology user support
  • Typesetting (book and journal)
  • Volunteer management
  • Website design
  • Wellness
  • 3-D design

Before the fair:

  • Review the list of participating employers and research those that interest you
  • Update your resume and have it reviewed
  • Practice your elevator speech
  • Prepare questions to ask employers

Day of the fair:

  • Dress appropriately. LAS in CU is a business casual internship fair. This means you don't need to wear a suit (unless you want to). However, you should make some effort to look nice
  • Gather items to take to the fair, like a portfolio with notepad and pen, copies of your resume, and research notes and questions for the employers you plan to see
  • For the positions that interest you, inquire about how to apply. Note: each employer will have different next steps, so jot down some notes about the preferred process

After the fair:

  • Send a quick thank-you email within 24 hours to contacts you made at the fair. Refer back to something from your conversation and attach a resume. Reiterate your interest in the company and the positions they have available
  • Keep a file of all contacts made with the employer, including dates and application materials sent to them

These tips were modified from The Career Center's website.