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Economics students continue into a variety of careers and graduate programs, and our Econ Career Center and the University of Illinois Campus provides numerous services and resources to explore and connect students and recent alumni to these opportunities.
View our Econ Job Sheet which lists some positions and companies where our econ alumni work immediately following graduation.
Quotes from recent Econ Graduates about their companies:
"I am loving Madison. It’s surrounded by lakes and there’s always something to do downtown...Work at Epic is also going well. I wanted to let you know that Epic will be recruiting at the Employment Expo. It was at the Expo this past spring semester that I first spoke to an Epic employee and started my application process with them." -Valeria, Access Implementation, Epic, Graduated: May '15
"In preparation of KPMG’s upcoming recruiting season, I will be on campus for a few events, including the business career fair, this upcoming week. Hopefully I will see some economic majors who are interested in KPMG!" -Eric, Economic and Valuation Services, KPMG, Graduated: May '14
"I was hired into the HR Outsourcing program and found it to be a really valuable experience. Though I have since left that role and found a role in Marketing, they have positions open... The Economics major (and Econ advising team!) at Illinois was certainly a huge help in getting started with my career and I’d love to help other students." -Eileen, U.S. Marketing, Aon Risk Solutions, Graduated: May '15
"I started working here as an Integration Consultant in July and it has been a great learning experience for me. I was always looking for a job that applied both the business/problem solving skills I acquired from my econ degree along with my passion for computer science -- and I think this position is a perfect fit. It's a relatively new (established in 2004) and young company so the transition from U of I to the real world hasn't been as ruff as I expected it to be. Since the company is new, there is a lot of room to work on different projects with a variety of different departments. We have just opened up a new office in downtown Chicago and we get weekly perks as well!" -Shree, Integration Consultant, Textura, Graduated: May '15
There are many ways to find internships and jobs: campus job/internship postings in I-Link, various career fairs, and within different campus career offices.
We encourage students to start building experiences early in their academic career and become familiar with the different resources available so you are a more qualified and prepared candidate.
Employers post jobs on I-Link, a job search website where you can find relevant jobs and apply, and also find upcoming information sessions and other career and internship opportunities. Make sure you have a relevant profile and updated resume which will present you to a possible employer.
To access your I-Link account please visit https://i-link-illinois-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Some of you may have logged into I-Link differently in the past, but ALL student accounts will now be accessed through this link. Once you have logged in, you will be prompted to complete your profile. As soon as you’ve completed all of the required fields, you can begin using the system!
Questions/Issues with your I-Link? Email email@example.com
The campus hosts numerous Career Fairs to Hire Illini, and they are open to all students and recent alumni. We encourage you to attend all the fairs to explore various opportunities, as many companies hire for numerous positions.
The Career Center
All students are welcome to visit The Career Center on campus. They offer numerous services for all students across campus, including workshops, resume reviews, info sessions, and many more. https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/
INTLconnect for International Students
UIUC offers career services specifically for international students on campus. There are many workshops specific to international students, as well as help on career searches in the U.S. and abroad. http://www.intlconnect.illinois.edu/
Many of these documents were created with economics students in mind, providing you with guidance and resources for internship/career and graduate school preparation. Click on the links below to open the documents.
Economics: Building your Career on Campus and Beyond
Economics: What can you do with an Economics Degree?
Economics: References and Letters of Recommendation
Economics: List of Occupations for Economics Majors
Economics: Major Resource Kit
Action Words (for Resumes)
4-Year Career Prep List
Sample Cover Letter
Selling your LAS Degree (at the Business Career Fair)
Finding and Applying to Careers in the Federal Government
Your Final Semester