Our Campus

Where can I find general information about COVID-19’s effect on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and services?

Please consult the University’s COVID-19 information page.

Our Services

Is career drop-in advising still available at the Career Center?

Career drop-in advising is still occurring during our normal scheduled hours of Monday-Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm, but is currently only available in phone or online format.  Call 217-333-0820 for phone advising, or join via Zoom for online advising.

Are resume/cover letter/LinkedIn profile reviews still available at the Career Center?

Reviews are still available, but have moved to an online format.  For resume and cover letter reviews, please submit them online through our website.  For LinkedIn reviews, please use career drop-in advising (instructions above).

Will the Illini Career & Internship Fair still take place?

The Spring Illini Career and Internship Fair cannot be offered as an in-person event this year. Instead we will be offering the Virtual Illini Career and Internship Recruiting Week for students.  Employers will host virtual information sessions for students April 6-10.  Students should go to Handshake to indicate interest and view sessions.

How are other career services offices on campus affected?

The following information has been provided to us by our partner offices regarding changes to their services.  Please consult the individual offices directly for the most up to date information on their services.

ACES Career Services: contact by e-mail if you need a resume reviewed or have questions about your job/internship search.

Business Career Services: one-on-one consultations available by phone or Zoom.

College of Applied Health Sciences: appointments delivered online through video conferencing tools such as Zoom.

College of Fine & Applied Arts Career Services: In person appointments suspended, schedule virtual appointment by e-mailing.  To have cover letter/resume/CV reviewed, e-mail materials.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Life & Career Design Lab: Virtual appointments.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Economics Career Services: All student appointments done by phone or Zoom.  Workshops scheduled for remainder of semester will be recorded and posted on website.

Engineering Career Services: All advising appointments over phone or via video chat.  Drop-in advising suspended. Upcoming workshops will be delivered virtually.

Graduate College Career Development Office: All workshops moved online. Individual career advising by videoconference or phone.  Experiential learning opportunities postponed until Fall.

School of Chemical Sciences Career Services: All appointments on Zoom or phone.

School of Labor and Employment Relations: Available by phone and e-mail.

The iSchool: Make an appointment online or e-mail with questions.

Jobs and Internships

How will my internship be impacted?

Employer polling conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) indicates that a large majority of employers still plan to continue with internships as planned, with some scaling back on-campus intern recruiting in favor of virtual, and some shifting their internships to remote (online) or project-based.  Reach out to your employer/recruiter directly to find out their company’s policy.  If your internship is for academic credit, also reach out to your college or academic department for guidance.

What about accepting and following through with job offers?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have broad impact across the globe, and its impact on summer internships and the job market are starting to unfold. The decision to accept an offer or proceed with an accepted offer must be carefully considered in light of the current situation. Career services is available to help navigate these extraordinary circumstances.  If you are seeking academic credit for your internship, we strongly encourage you to consult with your academic advisor and/or college for guidance. Regardless of how you decide to proceed, it is important to have good and prompt communication, act in good faith, be transparent, and not rush to make decisions.

How will my overseas internship be impacted?

Be aware of the risk assessment level for the country in question and any impact this may have on federally banned travel.  Use discretion even when no ban applies.

Be aware of the country in question’s own guidelines for incoming travel from the U.S.

Be aware of any issues with the country in question’s work authorization process.

Consider asking your employer if a remote or virtual internship may be an option.

If your internship is for academic credit, also reach out to your college or academic department for guidance.

How are international students impacted?

Be aware of the risk assessment level for the country in question and any impact this may have on federally banned travel.  Use discretion even when no ban applies.

Be aware of the country in question’s own guidelines for incoming travel from the U.S., whether your home country or another country.

Consider asking your employer if a remote or virtual internship may be an option.

If you stay in the U.S. for your internship, international students should plan to apply for CPT.  More information on CPT is available through International Student & Scholar Services.

More information on student visas related to COVID-19 is available through International Student & Scholar Services Covie-19 Page.

What additional resources can help me with my job/internship search?

In addition to the resources already available on The Career Center's website, we compiled a list of useful job search resources related to the Covid-19 pandemic including information on hiring/hiring freezes, remote work/internships, networking, and virtual interview preparation, among others.

Pre-Health

Are Pre-Health Advising Services available?

Yes, we offer 30-minute appointments via phone, Skype or Zoom and we are still holding Health Advising Drop Ins on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:30-3:00pm. You can schedule an appointment here or call 217-333-0820. For Drop Ins you may call 217-333-0820 or join in via Zoom here. For online resources please visit Pre-Health @ Illinois on Compass. If you do not see this in your dashboard, you may request access here.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for up to date information from application services as well as upcoming virtual events. If you are not already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Health Careers Chronicle, you can sing up here.

 

How will Credit/No Credit courses impact my application to a health professions school?

Schools and admissions committees are well aware that many campuses have moved quickly to online course delivery and the impact that may have on grading options. Currently there is no consensus among programs: some have indicated they will accept C/NC in prerequisite courses for spring 2020. Others have stated they won’t. We will continue to monitor this information as more schools and programs make decisions.

We would recommend maintaining the grade option for the sciences, especially prerequisite courses. Consider C/NC for other courses, which would allow for more time to focus on those science courses. Your performance this semester will be a testament to your resilience and adaptability, which are among the core competencies that professional schools seek in future practitioners.

Keep in mind, admission to any professional or graduate program involves much more than a review of transcripts: admissions committees utilize a holistic review of an applicant’s background, work and volunteer experiences, motivation, and characteristics.

 

How will the response to COVID impact admissions test availability (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, OAT) or the application process in general?

You can find information on admissions test date changes and application systems here.

 

Can someone assist me as I prepare to apply this spring/summer?

Absolutely! Pre-Health Advisors are happy to speak with you regarding the application process. We can help determine competitiveness, narrow down your list of schools to apply to, and walk you through the process. We also will review your application (AMCAS, AADSAS etc.) Schedule a 30 minute appointment for assistance. 

Can alumni utilize Pre-Health Advising services?

Yes! We are happy to assist along your journey to a career in the health professions. All of our services are available to alumni. Schedule a 30-minute appointment or join us for Drop Ins on Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30-3:30pm by calling 217-333-0820 or via Zoom.

How can I get my personal statement reviewed?

Current students may submit your document online here. Alumni please email the Word document to TCC-HealthGrad@illinois.edu and include your NetID.