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  • City Internships

    Some of our academic partners have queried whether our Student Aid offering is still open, and I can confirm that it is. The calculator for your students to check their eligiblity is still available at

    Our Global Explorer Programs in Chicago, San Francisco, Melbourne, Medellin, Santiago and Shanghai are filling very quickly, and I anticipate there will be no places remaining after the New Year. As such, I would like to take the opportunity to ask interested students to apply sooner rather than later.

    Students can of course continue applying to our other larger and longer-running Internship Program locations; which as you know include London, Los Angeles, New York City and plenty more.Students may be directed to apply now at:

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020 - Now accepting student submissions!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 30, 2020. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 26 - May 2), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates. 

    All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on URS, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit:

    The deadline for applying to the URS is March 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

  • Decoma Day Camp Summer Jobs

    We run a small, private day camp in one of the northern suburbs of Chicago and are looking for staff for the summer of 2020- group counselors and activity specialists. 

    Winter break is the perfect time to set up an interview.In addition we are going to be making an appearance at the U of I job fair held on April 2nd.  We will be hiring on the spot for any students looking for an AWESOME summer job. If you could pass this on to your sorority members we would be very appreciative!

    Decoma Day Camp is located in Northbrook, IL and we serve campers aged 3-13. We are a traditional day camp and offer every activity "under the sun".  We are currently looking for staff: group counselors and activity specialists.  If you are looking for a fun summer job look no further! Check out for more information.

    Feel free to send me an email to set up an interview over winter break if you will be home and in the Chicago land area.  

    Come meet with us at on Thursday, April 2nd 2020, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Career Center201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

  • HACU Accepting Applications for Leader-in-Residence Program, Undergraduate Students

    The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has announced applications are being accepted for the HACU Leader-in-Residence Program, a competitive program where students from HACU-member institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico receive leadership and career development training.

    Selected students will receive a scholarship to participate in the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute,  the Student Track component of HACU’s 34th Annual Conference, October 31-November 2, 2020, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista, Fla. HACU Leader-in-Residence application deadline: June 26, 2020 Selected students are designated as a "HACU Leader-in-Residence" at their home institution. Benefits of the program include:

    HACU Conference Scholarship: ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute Scholarship (Includes round-trip airfare, hotel lodging, and conference registration) Participation in Leadership Development webinars throughout the year Certificate of Completion upon meeting all of the requirements of the leadership program Complimentary HACU Student Affiliate Annual Membership 

    For additional program information and to apply click here. Download a flyer here.

  • BSW Brown Bag Presentations by BSW Students

    Two of your colleagues will be presenting Brown Bag presentations on Monday, December 9th (Allison Palmer) and on Thursday December, 12th (Talia Schecklong).

    Alli’s presentation: “A presentation focused on the similarities and differences between two military members and the social work implications of their experiences.”

    12 PM - 1 PM
    ROOM 2015

    Talia’s presentation: “Mental health and substance use in the military: Cultural Competency”

    12 PM - 1 PM
    ROOM 2015

  • AUDITIONS - INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre - Spring 2020


    Wednesday, December 4, 5 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 5 p.m.or by appointment during finals week

    Armory Free Theatre (Armory Room 160)(You will only need to come to one audition session.)

    Students can elect to receive 2 hours of course credit by enrolling in Theatre 400M.

    Come prepared with a 1-2 minute monologue. (It doesn’t need to be memorized.) Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Open to all university students. Though useful, no previous experience is required.

    Auditions will be heldFor the following spring shows:

    written by Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown 

    written by Victor Ruiz

    Questions? Please call 217-244-0212 or email

    INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre takes on subject matter that is timely and often difficult to address. This requires a willingness to be open-minded and curious about social issues and justice on the part of all who participate in the project.Past topics have included hate crimes, sexual assault, body image, gender identity and transphobia, racism, socioeconomic status, and suicide. Join us for our 25th anniversary year!

    INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre is sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Anthropology Open Lab Day

    Anthropology is hosting an Open Lab Day information session for students to learn more about two related labs - Biological Anthropology and Archaeology.

    The open lab day will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 3:00 pm-4:30pm. Meet in Davenport Hall 109A at 3pm. Professors Kate Clancy (Bio), John Polk (Bio), and Lisa Lucero (Archaeology) will present on each lab and answer any questions. 

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institutes - Information Session 12/6

    Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are fully funded opportunities for high-achieving freshman and sophomore students to explore a topic of interest in a multi-week summer program in the UK. Applicants must be US citizens.

    The 2020 summer institutes are not yet announced, but to get an idea the 2019 offerings included summer programs on climate change, the performing arts, social justice, education policy, international politics, post-conflict studies, media culture, global leadership, technology and innovation …and more!

    The National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting an information session for students to learn about the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes. The information session will take place in 1090 Lincoln Hall on Friday, December 6th from 3:00-4:00 pm.

  • Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Bailey Scholarship for Cause Driven Leaders


    The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impactand commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. University of Illinois - Urbana campus undergraduate students in all programs are eligible to apply.

    For more information or to apply online,

    Application deadline: February 16

    Contact: Kasey Umland
    Director, Bailey Scholarship Program
    University YMCA

  • Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Hourly Job Opportunity

    We are looking for undergraduate students to annotate emotions in text. Anyone who is hired will be compensated approximately $15/hour.

    To apply, please complete this survey We will contact you within 1 week of your application.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jose at

    Summary of the project:

    Capturing and Understanding Emotions in Text

    Analyzing data to capture various emotions is very important for a wide number of applications, such as consumer engagement, experience in healthcare, advertising, etc. Also important is exposure to, or strong motivation to learn about emotions in text communication. This undergraduate opportunity will be part of a larger project in our lab that investigates new and better ways for people to interact with machines as well as with one another.

    The selected candidate will:

    -Not be expected to have previous experience
    -Work with a faculty mentor and/or graduate students with experience in Language and Emotion.
    -Annotate/code textual data to capture important affective information;
    -Learn about the challenges and opportunities of processing user-generated data (i.e., social media) and learn about the role of emotions in human-computer and human-human interaction.

    To apply, please complete this survey We will contact you within 1 week of your application.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jose at