Engineering Career Services (ECS) helps connect employers and students through on-campus interviews, job postings, career fairs, events, and workshops. ECS serves all engineering and computer science students, as well as students receiving degrees in physics, mathematics and statistics. Chemical engineering majors are recruited through both ECS and the Chemical Sciences Placement Office (217-333-1050).
ECS provides access (free of charge) to our 39 room interview suite. Interview rooms can be requested via Handshake @ Illinois under the “Interview” tab or feel free to reach out to our Senior Recruiting Coordinator, Katherine Darr at 217-244-4453 directly for assistance.
The Engineering Career Services Team
Amy Fruehling, Director
Lauren Stites, Senior Assistant Director
email@example.com – student advising
Kristina Wright, Assistant Director
firstname.lastname@example.org – student advising
Ulyssia Dennis, Career Coach
email@example.com – student advising
Andrea Franklin, Career Coach
firstname.lastname@example.org – student advising
Katherine Darr, Senior Recruiting Coordinator
email@example.com – Handshake @ Illinois for employers, on-campus recruiting
Donna Shubert, Recruiting Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org – career fair, career partner program
Elaine Goss, Administrative Assistant
email@example.com – receptionist, office management, general student and employer questions
Engineering Career Services Location
Suite 3270 Digital Computer Lab, MC 270
1304 West Springfield Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-1960
Fax: (217) 244-4456
Recruiting Principles & Guidelines for Employment Offers and Acceptances
We endorse the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ principles for professional conduct and the policies of the University of Illinois Career Services Council. (Full text may be reviewed at http://www.naceweb.org/principles/ and http://hireillini.com/recruitment-policies/, respectively.) These principles provide a framework for professional relationships among colleges/universities, employing organizations, and candidates. The principles follow from three basic precepts for career planning, placement, and recruitment:
- All parties benefit when there is open and free selection of employment opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, i.e., where job candidates can choose optimum long-term uses of their talents that are consistent with personal objectives and all relevant facts;
- All parties benefit when the recruitment process is fair and equitable; and
- All parties benefit when candidates make informed and responsible decisions.
If you must rescind an offer, you shall contact the students and appropriate career services office immediately. Internship or full-time offer reneges are a serious breach of the student use agreement; should this occur, please contact the appropriate career services office immediately.
All employers should extend offers in writing and be prepared to exhibit written offers to the appropriate career services office. Illinois does not condone the use of exploding offers or any other practice that puts unreasonable pressure on student. These offers do not afford a candidate the appropriate amount of time to either accept or decline and put enormous pressure on students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process. We understand that firms need to know their hiring needs prior to the start of recruiting, however, it is in the firm’s and students’ best interest if students are granted ample time to make informed decisions.
|Offers resulting from:||For:||Cannot expire before:|
|Internships or Co-ops||Full-time conversion offers OR extension of internship offers resulting from previous internship/co-op.||October 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Fall Interviews||Full-time or internship offers||December 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Spring Interviews||Full-time or internship offers||April 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
On occasion, students may request an extension beyond the dates given. Each request should be considered on a case by case basis, and be accommodated if possible. Please feel free to contact a member of the Recruiting Team to discuss any questions or concerns related to this policy. The possibility of negotiating decision deadlines should be clearly stated to students at the time the offer is made for both full-time and internship positions.
Fall 2017 Recruiting Calendar
|Classes Begin||August 28|
|Labor Day - No Classes||September 4|
|Consulting Consortium||September 8|
|ECS Career Fair||September 12-13|
|OCI Recruiting Dates||September 18-December 13|
|Business Career Fair||September 19-20|
|Employment Expo||September 25-26|
|Civil Engineering Fair||September 27-28|
|ACM Reflections Conference||September 29-October 1|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 18-25|
|Reading Day||December 14|
|Final Exams||December 15-21|
Spring 2018 Recruiting Calendar
|Classes Begin||January 16|
|Business Career Fair||January 31|
|Illinois Engineering Spring 2018 |
|Founder's Startup Fair||February 8|
|OCI Recruiting Dates||February 12-May 2|
|Civil Engineering Fair||February 22|
|Engineering Open House||March 10|
|Research Park Career Fair||March 13|
|Spring Break||March 19-23|
|Illini Career & Internship Fair||April 10|
|Illinois Recruiter's Forum||April 24|
|Reading Day||May 3|
|Final Exams||May 4|
Handshake @ Illinois
Handshake @ Illinois is now the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s centralized career services management system that allows employers to post full-time, part-time and internship/co-op opportunities online. Handshake @ Illinois is located at http://engineering.illinois.edu/careers. Through this database, you’ll also receive important messages/announcements from our office about registering for career fairs, requesting interview rooms, and other employer campus engagement activities. There is no cost to register for a Handshake @ Illinois account. To learn more about creating an account click here. Here’s a link to assist with posting your jobs click here.
If at any time you experience difficulties using the system, please contact the ECS office at (217) 333-1960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Campus Interviews (OCI)
ECS serves all engineering students through on-campus interviews. Chemistry and chemical engineering majors are recruited through the Chemical Sciences Placement Office http://scs.illinois.edu/ (217-333-1050). However, these students may also register with ECS and interview along with other engineering students through the ECS Office.) ECS provides access (free of charge) to our 39 room interview suite. Interview rooms can be requested via Handshake @ Illinois under the “Interviews” tab. To see the current and upcoming on-campus interview seasons please click on Recruiting Calendar tab.
For information on requesting day after career fair interview space please visit: http://ecs.engineering.illinois.edu/recruiting-students/career-fairs/.
To learn a little more about recruiting engineering students, view the ECS Corporate Brochure.
Both recruiters and students check-in in room 3300 Digital Computer Laboratory (DCL) located at 1304 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL (third floor, east side). We implemented a new recruiter check-in procedure which greatly reduces your wait time in the morning. All recruiters will receive a link to the Pre-Check-In Form and important campus logistics approximately one week before the campus visit.
PayByPhone is the most convenient option for parking on our campus. There are two available options to pay by phone depending on your parking location. If you are parked in a University Parking Lot, follow directions for Option 1 below. If you are parked at a metered location on the street, follow directions for Option 2 below.
OPTION 1 (University Parking Lot)
Call the number on the meter from your cell phone. Or you can Download the free app, or use the mobile web (paybyphone.com). PayByPhone users love the text message reminders as well as the ability to add more time from anywhere without having to rush back to the meter. Other great features include email receipts (ideal for submitting travel expenses), managing your account online, and adding multiple vehicles.
The PayByPhone meters are located in campus lot B1 (located at the south end of the parking lot across the street from DCL) and in campus lot B4 (which is the parking garage located at the corner of University Avenue and Goodwin/Mathews). Make sure you park at a meter with an “I” on it (if you park anywhere else in the lot you will get ticketed). Here’s a map of the campus lots B1 and B4: DCL Parking Lot Map.
OPTION 2 (Street metered parking)
Download the free app, or visit www.mobilemeter.us/. Please note the Zone you are parked in (indicated on signs along the street) as well as your meter number as you will need to enter both along with payment information and license number.
If you prefer, you may still pay with change at street metered parking on two sides of our building; cost is $1 per hour for up to 10 hours. There is a change machine in Grainger Library across the street, southside.
Other parking options: Hampton Inn Hotel and the Illini Union Hotel both offer complimentary parking to hotel guests and are within a 5-minute walk to DCL.
If you are interviewing both in the morning and the afternoon ECS provides a box lunch to recruiters and greeters; this is only during our normal on-campus interview season.
You are responsible for building your own interview schedules. Following are three templates you can use. You can also consider using Doodle (free service).
- Interview Schedule Template 30min
- Interview Schedule Template 45min
- Interview Schedule Template 60min
Our office has eliminated excess paper. You are required to print your own schedules, resumes, etc. Please be prepared to hand us a paper copy of your updated interview schedule at check-in or feel free to email them to Katherine Darr at email@example.com. We do not make copies of any material. There is a Fed Ex copy shop a few blocks from DCL at 524 E Green St (#101), Champaign, IL 61820. You can email your document and they will deliver if not too busy. Here’s the link: http://local.fedex.com/il/champaign/office-0137/copy-print-services.html. They are open 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM Monday through Friday.
All (non-career fair related) College of Engineering interviews scheduled through ECS are held in our 39-room interview suite located adjacent to the ECS office in the Digital Computer Laboratory (DCL). The physical address is 1304 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL (third floor, east side).
The “Visit Champaign County” website (http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org) has detailed information on traveling to Champaign-Urbana, hotels/lodging, and if time allows things to do during your trip.
ECS Career Partner Program
The ECS Career Partner Program is a unique opportunity for companies seeking to strengthen relationships with students, to support ECS efforts in preparing students for successful careers, and to expand your presence on campus. Partnership benefits for 2017 – 2018 school year include the following.
- Priority Career Fair Registration – guaranteed registration for ECS Career Fair during first two weeks registration is open. Based on your sponsorship level your registration fee is waived ($650 value) for 1 table at fall and/or spring career fair.
- On-Campus Interviews – preferred dates for on-campus interviews.
- Information Session(s) – based on your sponsorship level you’re entitled to 1 information session in the fall and/or spring coordinated by ECS.
- Priority invitation for presence/participation in ECS panels and other programming.
- Free parking during on-campus interviews.
- Free Career Fair material shipping handling.
For more information please visit this site: http://ecs.engineering.illinois.edu/for_employers/ecs-career-partner-program or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECS Career Fairs
Engineering @ Illinois hosts over 400 companies and 6500 students at our fall fairs and over 250 companies with over 3,000 students in attendance at our spring fairs. One of the many reasons why you should attend the Engineering @ Illinois Career Fairs and connect with top talent at Illinois!
The Fall 2018 Engineering Career Fair will be held September 11-12, 2018. Our career fairs are open only to all University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign current students and alumni.
For additional information please visit: http://ecs.engineering.illinois.edu/recruiting-students/career-fairs/.
Information Sessions/Tech Talks
We have a new Information Session Committee that will assist you with reserving space on our campus for your event if between the dates of January 29 and March 15, 2018. You must CLICK HERE to request an information session via this committee’s webtool process. Companies are required to register for an information session two (2) weeks prior to the requested dates. Information session requests are processed on a first come-first served basis and are not guaranteed due to space limitations. All efforts will be made to try to pair the company with a campus student organization whose work aligns with what companies are looking for in candidates.
Space requests to host an information session/tech talk at the Illini Union are requested via the following link: http://union.illinois.edu/plan-an-event/event-services/space-request-forms (click the “Illini Union Online Space Request Form” link). To contact Engineering student societies directly at http://ec.illinois.edu/societies/. Once you have confirmed the date, time and location for your event, we encourage you to post the event in Handshake @ Illinois (http://engineering.illinois.edu/careers) under the “Events” tab. By doing so, ECS will be able to help promote your event through social media, electronic signage and departmental messages.
Engineering Student Societies
Engineering Council is a union of engineering societies and committees dedicated to enriching the student collegiate experience through a distinctive array of programs and services. Engineering Council is the students’ voice in the College of Engineering and is designed to serve the needs of the engineering community. EC consists of an executive board that oversees 15 committees and over 80 professional and honorary societies.
We encourage all employers to contact applicable societies at http://ec.illinois.edu/societies/ to ask them to blast email their students with your recruiting information.
Looking for more information about our students? This page contains interactive and up to date statistics regarding current and former students enrolled at the University of Illinois: HireIllini – Student Enrollment Data.
Ways to Get More Involved
They are several ways that recruiters can get more involved with our office. Becoming an ECS Career Partner is one way, but other great ways are to assist with events like Walk-in Resume Reviews, Lunch & Learns, Career Boot Camp, and various workshops. For questions, current opportunities and/or to sign up when you know you’ll be on campus please contact Deon Robin, Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, at email@example.com or 217-333-1960.
Where are they now? A statistical overview of the successes of the 2015-2016 graduating class of the College of Engineering. These statistics include graduate outcomes (employment after graduation or continuing their education), demographic, as well as geographic information.