Welcome and thank you for recruiting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering!
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).
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The Engineering Career Services Team
Amy Fruehling, Director
Lauren Stites, Associate Director
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Kristina Wright, Associate Director
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Ulyssia Dennis, Assistant Director
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Andrea Franklin, Career Coach
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Dallas Johnson, Career Coach
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Colleen McNamee, Career Coach
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Katherine Darr, Senior Recruiting Coordinator
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Elaine Goss, Administrative Assistant
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Engineering Career Services Location
Suite 3270 Digital Computer Lab, MC 270
1304 West Springfield Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-1960
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 here and here, 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. The Grainger College of Engineering 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:|
|Summer Programs||Internship offers resulting from summer activities, such as leadership conferences.||Three weeks after the start of fall semester or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Internships or Co-ops Conversion||Full-time conversion offers OR extension of internship offers resulting from previous internship or co-op.||Three weeks after the start of the subsequent academic term or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.|
|Fall Interviews||Full-time or internship offers||November 15 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 2019 Recruiting Calendar
|Classes Begin||August 26|
|Labor Day - No Classes||September 2|
|Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering Career Fair||September 10-11|
|Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering OCI Recruiting Dates||September 16 - December 11|
|ACM Reflections/Projections Conference||September 16-21|
|Illinois Geis Business Career Fair||September 18-19|
|Civil & Environmental Engineering Job Fair||September 25-26|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 23 - December 1|
|Reading Day||December 12|
|Final Exams||December 13-20|
Spring 2020 Recruiting Calendar
|Classes Resume||January 21|
|Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering Career Fair||January 28-29|
|Illinois' Grainger College of Engineering OCI Recruiting Dates||February 3-May 6|
|Illinois Geis Business Career Fair||February 4|
|Civil & Environmental Engineering Job Fair||TBD|
|Spring Break||March 14-22|
|Engineering Open House||March 27-28|
|Research Park Career Fair||TBD|
|Illini Career & Internship Fair||TBD|
|Illinois Recruiter's Forum||TBD|
|Reading Day||May 7|
|Final Exams||May 8-15|
Handshake @ Illinois
Handshake @ Illinois is The Grainger College of Engineering’s centralized career services management system that allows employers to post full-time, part-time and internship/co-op opportunities online. To log in or create an account, click here. 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. For a link to assist with posting jobs, click here.
If you have questions, please consult Handshake’s employer help center.
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 (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. Please note that we do not allow interviews or recruiting related activities during finals. Final exam dates are listed on the calendar. 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.
As visitors to our campus you are expected to abide by university policies and procedures, including sexual harassment policies. Please review our campus recruiting policies at http://ecs.engineering.illinois.edu/for_employers/principles_guidelines prior to your visit.
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). Recruiters receive a logistical email approximately one week prior to interview date.
MobileMeter is the most convenient option for parking on our campus allowing drivers to pay with a credit or debit card and add time remotely as needed. Users can get started by downloading the free MobileMeter app from the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play or by registering at http://www.mobilemeter.us/. MobileMeters are available in campus parking lots and street parking. You will need the zone number, meter number, license plate number and payment information to get started.
When visiting Digital Computer Laboratory the MobileMeters 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 and/or towed at your own expense. These meters also accept silver change, the cost is $1 per hour for up to 10 hours. There is a change machine in Grainger Library across the street from DCL. Other options include staying at a hotel, Hampton Inn Hotel and the Illini Union Hotel both offer complimentary parking to hotel guests and are within a 5-minute walk to DCL.
ECS provides a box lunch to all recruiters and greeters that will be interviewing both morning and afternoon during the normal on-campus interviewing season. More information is provided at check-in.
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. 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) Illinois’ Grainger 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 provides companies with unique opportunities to build your brand on campus and increase visibility, to strengthen your relationships with students, and to support our office in preparing students for successful careers. Please click here for a list of specific benefits and fees. Please contact us at 217-333-1960 for greater detail.
ECS Career Fairs
The Grainger College of Engineering 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. 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
Space requests to host an information session/tech talk at the Illini Union are requested via the following link: https://illiniunion.illinois.edu/EventServices/SubmitRequest.aspx (click the “Illini Union Online Space Request Form” link). Additionally, many student organizations would be happy to work with you to host an information session for their student members. Contact the Illinois’ Grainger College of 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 on Handshake @ Illinois (http://handshake.illinois.edu) under the “Events” tab. By doing so, ECS will be able to help promote your event through social media, electronic signage and departmental messages.
Whenever possible, recruiting events should be scheduled during the school week (Monday through Friday) when classes are in session during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students are unlikely to be available to attend events outside those times. Click here for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign academic calendars for current and future terms.
The Grainger College of 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 Grainger 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? Make sure to read the Illini Success 2017-2018 College of Engineering Report and the Illini Success Three Year Trends which includes post-graduation statistics and trends. Visit the interactive Hire Illini website for up to date statistics regarding current and former students enrolled at the University of Illinois.
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 217-333-1960.
Where are they now? A statistical overview of the successes of the 2017-2018 graduating class of The Grainger College of Engineering. These statistics include graduate outcomes (employment after graduation or continuing their education), demographic, as well as geographic information.