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Career Networking & Internships

The Economics Alumni Relations & Outreach Office supports Economics Alumni by acting as a resource and facilitator for our alumni. These services combined with the networking opportunities offered by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Economics Student Career Services Office* and the campus Career Center* helps connect alumni and career opportunities of all experience levels.

*Recent alumni can utilize full resources of Economics Student Career Services and the campus-wide Career Center for one-year post graduation. The Alumni Career Services Office for the UI campuses, that was housed in Chicago at Illini Center, closed in Summer 2015, and services to assist the alumni population for the UI are currently under consideration by University administration. Until which time other resources are offered for alumni, this office will support our alumni to the best of our capacity.

Programs/services currently include:

1. Offering a method for alumni who are job seeking or alumni looking to hire a fellow Economics alumni

  • Economics alumni and students are invited to join our CareerSubgroup on Linked-In. This is a "closed" group where membership is restricted to Economics alumni, Econonics student and employers wishing to hire Economics alumni and students.
  • Note: you must request to join this group and may do so by being a member of the Economics Linked-In main group, whereby your membership is automatically approved or by requesting membership of the CareerSubgroup.
  • Job postings and resumes are permitted to be posted to the subgroup by members

2. Connecting Economics alumni with the Economics Career Services Office to hire Economics students that are preparing to graduate or recent graduates*

3. Assisting Economics alumni with student internship or spring break experiences for Economics students

  • The Alumni Relations & Outreach office works closely with the Economics Career Services Office to assist alumni in hiring Economics students for internships or spring break epxeriences.

4. Connecting Economics alumni with the campus Career Center to hire (paid and unpaid) Economics or other UI students that are preparing to graduate or recent graduates*


Helpful Online Resources

The National Career Development Association also offers links to many resources, services and tools which assist in exploring careers, planning for the future, searching for employment, and finding the additional training necessary to pursue your dream career.

Company Research

  •  Vault is a comprehensive online warehouse of information for students pursuing high-potential careers. This site offers employer profiles and rankings, industry blogs, message boards, its own job board, and more. As a student at the University of Illinois, you have additional access to exclusive reports and insider guides. Go to Vault and enter your Illinois email address to create an account.
  • WetFeet is another career information site that contains job search articles and employer profiles and reviews.
  • One Source offers profiles, news, analysis, and financials for over 17 million companies and has excellent search functionality.
  • LexisNexis Academic provides access to billions of searchable documents and records from news and business sources. This site delivers company/industry news, financial data, analyst reports, and information on small companies. It also has an extensive company profile and directory database.
  • Mergent is a searchable company database that pools financial data, annual reports, and industry news. Mergent has a large number of international companies and also gives you the ability to create reports in PDF, Word, or Excel formats.
  • First Research specializes in industry overviews, news, and analysis.
  • IBISWorld is a database of industry market research reports.
  • Occupational Outlook Quarterly is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and features projections of occupations, industries, the labor force, and the overall economy.

Salary Research

  • allows you to search for salaries by job title, company, and location. All data is employee-reported and also includes company offers a Salary Wizard that draws from a database of employer-reported salaries.
  • PayScale Cost of Living Calculator:  Compare how your earning potential changes when you consider jobs in different cities and states.
  • PayScale’s Salary Negotiation Guide:  Expert tips and tricks that anyone can use to negotiate the salary they deserve.

Job Boards

Below is a partial list of popular job boards and engines on the web. You can view a more extensive list here.

  • – global search engine and job board
  • – global search engine and job board; integrates with LinkedIn to identify potential contacts
  • – information systems/information technology
  • USA Jobs – federal government jobs
  • GuideStar – non-profit
  • – for international students seeking jobs in the US
  • – $100K+ jobs for experienced candidates
  • Going Global – job postings and employment outlooks for every major country in the world and state in the US; accessible through a direct link on your I-Link home page

Other Resources

The University of Illinois Library has more resources to help your research.

      • JOBipedia – Job search advice direct from recruiters and hiring managers.
      • Social Jobs Partnership – a collaboration between NACE, Facebook, the U.S. Department of Labor, DirectEmployers Association, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to leverage social networks to facilitate employment
      • Here is a list of some mobile apps which you might find helpful with your job search (featured in “The Five O’Clock Club”)
        • Charlie:  When you have a meeting with an important person, the Charlie App will comb the web, searching through hundreds of sources like LinkedIn and leading news sites, then send you a one-pager of everything you need to know about them – minutes before you head into the meeting. This is a powerful way to make a great first impression.
        • Job Interview Question-Answer: Nothing helps a job seeker more than strong interviewing skills, and this is a great free app that’ll let you hone yours. Using the app, you can video record your answers to some of the toughest interview questions you’ll face, then watch a professional interview coach answer the question and compare your answers. With this practice, you can answer with confidence once the real thing rolls around
        • LinkedIn Jobs: We all know LinkedIn, but few people know of LinkedIn’s custom job search app – and it’s a powerful one. You can search through job listings and even get notifications based on the types of opportunities you’re interested I
        • Switch: Switch is like Tinder for job seekers. Unlike a standard job application where you are required to enter your name, address and standard contact information, using Switch you can apply to jobs anonymously, with employers seeing just your credentials and not your identity. If your resume is strong, this is a no-brainer. Simply open the app, swipe right on jobs you are interested in, and wait for a match! You can chat with hiring managers and choose who you wish to share your profile with.
        • Business Card Reader: Here’s a tool that everyone should have. This ingenious app lets you take a picture of a business card, then it’ll use advanced text-recognition software to import all that data into a new contact in your phone. Say goodbye to fumbling with your phone when you meet a new contact – this app will do the work for you!



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