On-Campus Recruiting

Welcome and thank you for recruiting at the University of Illinois College of Engineering!

ECS helps connect employers and students through on-campus interviews. We serve all engineering and computer science students, as well as students receiving degrees in physics. Chemical engineering majors are recruited through both ECS and the Chemical Sciences Placement Office (217-333-1050).   To learn a little more about recruiting engineering students, view the 2016 ECS Corporate Brochure.  A complete listing of ECS services can be found in the ECS Recruiter Resource Guide.

ECS provides access (free of charge) to our 39 room interview suite. Interview rooms can be requested via Handshake. Or if you prefer you may contact our Senior Recruiting Coordinator, Katherine Darr at 217-244-4453 directly for assistance.

To get an idea of what Illinois Engineering students are looking for from their ideal employer, check out this video:  http://chicagocreativespace.com/u-of-i-students-on-chicago-tech/.

We look forward to helping you to make the most of your recruiting efforts at Illinois.

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.

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.

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.

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.


2016-2017 Recruiting Calendar

**  On-campus recruiting dates — although official on-campus recruiting is held during these dates, positions may be posted on the online job board at any time. In addition, interview rooms are available outside of on-campus recruiting dates upon request. Also, please note that there are no “officially defined” midterm exam periods, and different courses may have different exam schedules.

Fall Semester 2016

Activity Dates
Classes Begin August 22
Consulting Forum September 2
Labor Day – No Classes September 5
ECS Career Fair September 7-8
On-Campus Recruiting ** September 12–December 7
Business Career Fair September 14–15
Employment Expo September 19–20
Civil and Environmental Engineering Job Fair September 22
Thanksgiving Break November 19-27
Reading Day December 8
Final Exams December 9-16

Spring Semester 2017

Activity Dates
M.L. King Day January 16 (no classes)
Classes Resume January 17
Employment Expo January 30
Business Career Fair February 1–2
ECS Career Fair February 7–8
Founder’s Start-Up Career Fair February 9
ECS Career Fair Interview Week – Room Only February 10–17
On-Campus Recruiting** February 20–May 3
Civil and Environmental Engineering Job Fair February 23
Research Park Career Fair March 9
Engineering Open House March 10–11
Spring Break March 20–24
ECS Employer Reception April 3
Illinois Recruiter’s Forum April 4
Illini Career and Internship Fair April 5
Reading Day May 4
Final Exams May 5–12
Commencement May 13
ECS Virtual Career Fair May 17