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The Department of Economics Career Center assists undergraduate and graduate students towards career goals (internships, jobs, and graduate school), providing workshops, individual appointments, informational sessions, and other services adding to their professional development. The office works directly with recruiters, alumni, and graduate programs to secure opportunities, and collaborates with other offices on- and off-campus.

Location & Contact:

Location215A DKH (David Kinley Hall)
Appointment check-in 214 DKH

Econ Career Workshops & Info Sessions:

Events Visit our Econ Undergraduate Events Page, Econ I-Link, and Econ Master Calendar for events.

Make sure to check the event information to see if registration is required and ensure you have all the details.

Career Advising Appointments:

AppointmentEmail to Schedule an Appointment:

During the fall/spring semester you may schedule appointments through the online system (select 'Economics Career Appointment').

Career Drop-Ins:

Drop InQuick questions about careers/graduate school? Resume Review? Check-in at the front desk in 214 DKH during the below times!

Mondays 2-4pm (Beatrice)| Tuesdays 9-11am (Runhong & Ann) & 2-4pm (Beatrice) | Wednesdays 9-11am (Runhong & Ann)


News Undergraduate Students may Subscribe to the Econ Undergraduate Listserv to receive emails with upcoming events/opportunities and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Graduate Students within the economics program should already be added to an email group and receive emails.
We encourage all Econ Students to connect with us on LinkedIn and our large alumni network!

Econ Career Center Staff

Please email or call 217-333-2682 to contact our Career Staff.

Ann George
Economics Career Graduate Assistant

Ann is a second-year MBA, dual degree MHRIR student focusing on Technology and HR management. Prior to joining the Illinois MBA/LER programs, she was with Infosys Limited for 5 years where she worked as a technology analyst. Ann did most of her schooling in Kuwait after which she went to India to do her Bachelors in Information Technology. At Illinois, Ann is also a project manager with EntreCORPS, and a mock interviewer at the University Career Services. Ann spent this summer as the HRIS intern at the University HR, Champaign, IL, working on HR info systems linked to University Hiring practices and productivity improvement. She is also working part-time as a career services intern with the Economics department. In her spare time, Ann loves to explore new restaurants and cuisines.

Beatrice Koka
Economics Career Graduate Assistant

Beatrice Koka is a second semester graduate student in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program. Prior to joining the Illinois LER program, she worked as a Diversity and Inclusion intern with COUNTRY Financial for a year and half, and later served as an AmeriCorps Employment Coach with the nonprofit Mid Central Community Action. Beatrice discovered her passion for HR diversity management from these experiences and loves coaching individuals to help them achieve their career goals. She currently serves as a Graduate Coordinator for the America Reads America Counts tutoring program, and enjoys staying involved as a student representative on the LER Student Recruitment Board. In the future Beatrice looks forward to working creatively as a Diversity and Inclusion HR specialist.

Runhong Lu
Economics Career Graduate Assistant

Runhong is a second-year graduate student, majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Prior to joining the Illinois LER program, she has worked in PHILIPS as an HR Generalist for more than 4 years, during which she gained practical hands-on experience regarding all HRM functions, including interaction with diverse people. She is currently the Vice President of Chinese Business Students and Alumni Association, actively engaging in a variety of events aiming to improve Chinese Business Students’ competence for future employment. Upon Runhong’s expected graduation she plans to be dedicated to compensation, HRIS, or managerial positions in a Fortune 500 company.
Melissa Newell

Melissa Newell
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

While Katie is out of the office, Melissa is the main contact for recruiters/offices:

Melissa oversees the Undergraduate Studies Office and the Economics Career Center, supporting all students on their academic and postgraduate goals. She has worked in the Department of Economics since 2012, and previously worked with the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Katie Kennealy
Economics Career Coordinator

Temporarily on leave- Please contact

Katie has over nine years of career service experience primarily on the UIUC campus, including developing student programming, working with students individually on their career goals, developing internship programs, and she excels in corporate relations and recruitment efforts.

Topics to Discuss with a Career Specialist:

Resume/Cover Letter Reviews
Job Search Preparation
Interview Preparation
Career Exploration
Career Fair Preparation
I-Link Questions
Professional Image (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. )
Job Offer Negotiations
...and any other career/internship/graduate school questions!

In addition to the Econ Career Staff, our Undergraduate Econ Academic Advisors discuss career planning with students to connect their academic pursuits and extracurricular activities align with their career aspirations. Students should schedule an appointment to meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester.