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Career fairs and internships

An aerial view of a career fair

Internships can provide students valuable real-world experiences important for career exploration and the development of career-ready skills.

Some of those skills and competencies include:

  • empathy
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • digital literacy
  • leadership
  • professionalism and work ethic

Internships come in many different forms: paid, unpaid, sometimes with academic credit (sometimes not), in person or virtual, during in the academic year in Champaign-Urbana, or abroad in the summer.

The internship search

ATLAS Internship Program

Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences has an internship program that encourages LAS students to integrate knowledge in their course of study with technology to help gain a unique and versatile skill set. Semester-long internships are offered internally within ATLAS as well as externally at various departments in the College of LAS and other university-affiliated organizations.

The College of LAS also offers internships in:

Additional internships (on and off campus) may be found:

Internship scholarships

Students pursuing an unpaid internship with public service agencies and not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for the University YMCA's Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program.

Alumni and friends interested in supporting LAS pursuing internships are encouraged to give to the Life + Career Design Lab (please note internship fund in the "Why I gave today" section).

Unpaid internships

Some internships may be unpaid. Students are encouraged to learn about the Test for Unpaid Interns established by the United States Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Career and internship fairs

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 preparation workshops available before some fairs. These workshops help students know what to expect and how to get the most out of the experience.

Campuswide fairs open to LAS students:

ACES + LAS Career Fair
1:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
Engineering Career Fair
Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
Illinois Business Career Fair
2-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

Internship courses in LAS

Some LAS units provide an academic experience in tandem with an internship to help students make connections between their academic and professional goals. Speak to your academic advisor if you are interested in this kind of experience. General information about earning academic credit for an internship may be found on the Career Center's internship page.

These internship courses are offered by various LAS units:

  • LAS 199, Professional Development Seminar (open to all LAS students)
  • ANTH 498, Senior Capstone Seminar (internship option for ANTH students)
  • ATMS 492, Capstone Undergraduate Research (internship option for ATMS students)
  • CHBE 210, CHBE Internship (open to CHBE students)
  • CHEM 295, Chemistry Internships (open to CHEM students)
  • CMN 204, Internship in Teaching Communication (open to CMN students)
  • CMN 304, Communication Internship (open to CMN students)
  • ESE 401, Capstone Experience (internship option for ESE students)
  • ECON 199, Internship Course (open to ECON students)
  • ENGL 199, Internship Seminar (open to ENGL students and other majors with instructor permission)
  • GEOG 392, Geography & GIS Internship (open to GEOG students)
  • PS 491, Internship section MH1 (open to PS students and other majors with instructor permission)
  • PS 491, Internship section WA (required for students participating in the Illinois in Washington academic and internship program in Washington, D.C.)
  • HIST 398, Internship in Public History (open to HIST students)
  • MCB 198, Internship (open to MCB and Biochemistry students)
  • MATH 399, Math/Actuarial Internship (open to MATH and Actuarial Science students)
  • SOC 400, Internships (open to SOC students)