BS-MAS Curriculum Update Sessions – Mar. 30

Accountancy Sophomores and Juniors:

The Accountancy Advisors are offering two BS/MAS Program info sessions on Monday, March 30.

Session 1: 3:30-4:10 p.m., Deloitte Auditorium in BIF
Session 2: 4:15-4:55 p.m., Deloitte Auditorium in BIF

Get answers to the following questions:

–What will the MAS look like in fall 2016 and beyond?
–Do I take ACCY 405 or 415 for my audit class?
–What’s the deal with FIN 300?
–If I was recently admitted to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS program, what are my next steps?
–I’m not in the program yet, but plan to apply…what’s the process?

RSVP not required…feel free to just show up at either time! Attire is casual.

Scholarship Opportunities


The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component.  Awards range from $600-$1800.  Eligible applicants must have been involved in the program (academic or extracurricular) for a minimum of one semester before traveling. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need.


Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who receives an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student.

APPLICATION PERIOD for Summer 2015/Fall 2015 

(For internships and trips that occur between May 16, 2015 -January 17, 2016)

Applications Open: March 16

Application Deadline: April 15

For more information or to apply, visit: or attend an info session!

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • March 19 at 4pm in Wahl Room at the University YMCA
  • March 20 at 12pm in Wahl Room at the University YMCA
  • March 30 at 5pm in Wahl Room at the University YMCA

Writers Workshop Call for Peer Tutors

The Writers Workshop announces the peer consultant program for 2015-2016.  We are looking for students from all majors who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors next year with good grades and excellent communications skills; they should also enjoy working with other students.  If you are considering a career in teaching, writing, editing, consulting, or helping people learn English, this is the kind of valuable experience you (and your resume) need!

HOW THE PROGRAM WILL WORK:  Peer consultants will apply this spring and, if selected, begin their training in the fall of 2015.  They’ll take WRIT 203-Issues in Tutoring Writing-for 3 credit hours in the fall which will include at least 2 hours of class meeting and 3 hours of observation each week.  In addition, there will be course readings, responses, and a final research paper.  After the training semester, consultants will work with undergraduate writers on a regular weekly schedule in the spring of 2016 for independent study credit.  Consultants who have finished their first year may be chosen to continue consulting for an hourly wage.



1. Please send a letter of application to which includes the following:

  • Your contact information (email and phone)
  • The month and year you expect to graduate
  • Your GPA
  • Your major
  • The writing/composition courses you have taken or tested out of
  • Your experience with writing and helping others with their writing

(Put “undergraduate consultant” in the subject line.)

  1. Please ask one of your professors who is familiar with your writing to send a brief letter of recommendation to
  1. Call 217-333-8796 for an appointment to bring your own writing to the Workshop and meet with one of the current consultants. When you call, mention that you are applying to be a peer consultant.

Our web address is

Champaign County Public Defender Internship



Are you interested in how criminal courts work?  Would you like to see an arraignment, a preliminary hearing or a real criminal trial?  Want to sit in on meetings with clients or witnesses?  Would you like to help an attorney prepare cases for court?  The Department of Political Science and the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office plan to offer an internship for academic credit in Fall, 2015.   Jamie Thomas-Ward, the Director of Pre-Law Services, will provide academic supervision of these internships. Unlike other internships that require a substantial research project done in conjunction with the internship itself for an award of academic credit, the regularized nature of these internships is such as to allow an award of credit based on a series of structured academic assignments requiring integration of internship experiences with readings on the political systems, the legal system and constitutional and human rights. This is a class that meets once per week, and a requirement of about six hours per week of work at the internship site.

If you’re interested, send an e-mail expressing your interest to me before Friday, March 20.  It will be sufficient for you to say, “I want to participate in the Public Defender Internship Program.”  We’re trying to gauge the interest in this program.  You’ll need to follow-up your expression of interest with other materials.  Still, admission is competitive: We expect to have five openings in Fall, 2015. After Friday, if there is insufficient interest among political science majors, the course will be open to students in other majors across campus.

What, specifically, can you expect to be doing as part of this internship?

  • Watching criminal court proceedings such as arraignments, bond hearings, motion hearings, and trials
  • Reviewing criminal case files (such as police reports) with Public Defender clients both at the office and at the Champaign County Jail
  • Organizing materials for case files
  • Discussing case information and strategy with the Public Defender attorney staff
  • Contacting potential witnesses to testify at sentencing hearings; and
  • Other research and projects as needed.

The Public Defender’s Office is a fast-paced environment. Ideal students for this program are: interested in criminal law proceedings; willing to take a variety of assignments; able to work independently when given appropriate support; and able to devote 90 hours during the semester to the Public Defender’s Office.

By Monday, March 23 students seeking to participate in the Public Defender Internship Program must submit (by e-mail or otherwise) a cover letter, resume and writing sample. The cover letter needs to address each of the following elements: 1) explain your interest in and motivation for undertaking this internship, 2) share your experience in working with only a modest level of direct supervision, and 3) discuss your plans for accommodating participation in the internship in your schedule (e.g., how many other credit hours do you plan to carry, will you be studying for the LSAT, do you have other significant time commitments).  All of those materials will be reviewed for a decision on acceptance into the program by the departmental internship committee.  At a minimum, students seeking to participate in this program need (1) to have completed 45 credit hours by Fall, 2015 (2) with at least one year of residence on this campus and (3) to have earned a cumulative UIUC grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  They must (4) have completed PS 101: U.S. Government & Politics  and (5) have no arrests or criminal convictions – as an adult or juvenile – or serious campus disciplinary violations involving campus or local law enforcement.  In addition to work in the Courthouse, students will need to attend a class for one hour per week on Wednesday afternoons.  Submit all applications to

Past students have really enjoyed this opportunity.  Questions on this internship?  Contact Jamie Thomas-Ward

Illinois MBA Joint Degree Information Session



Wednesday, March 18, 5 p.m.
BIF Commons

Whether you’re a junior or senior or already enrolled in a Graduate program at Illinois, it’s not too soon or too late to start thinking about an MBA joint-degree. The Illinois MBA joint degree allows you to increase your marketability by adding a comprehensive business skill set to your resume.

Popular joint degree options include, Law, Engineering, Labor & Employment Relations and Architecture and there are many more options!

Teaching Excellence Awards

Dear College of Business Students,

The Illinois Student Senate (ISS) is proud to announce that the nomination period for our annual Teaching Excellence Awards is now open! If there is a teaching assistant or professor that has demonstrated superb teaching skills and has made a lasting impression, then fill out the quick nomination form. All students may nominate, and each student can nominate as many instructors as they deem fit. This is the only award on campus that is completely facilitated through the student body, so many instructors find it a true honor to be a recipient of this award. Additionally, all nominations will be entered in a contest to be one of our five recipients of a $20 gift card! Visit to nominate today! Nominations close on March 15th at 11:50pm. Email Alyssa Neimark ( with any questions.

Happy nominating!

Illinois Student Senate
Academic Affairs Committee

Study and Intern in South Africa

Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m. in room 3019 Huff Hall

This program in South Africa provides students the opportunity to study in Durban and intern in Cape Town. Coursework at the University of KwaZulu Natal’s (UKZN) International School provides the foundation for understanding historical and contemporary South Africa. Students will take two courses at UKZN: Culture and Diversity in the Rainbow Nation & Zulu Language & Culture. Upon completion of coursework, students will move to Cape Town to complete a twelve- week internship. There are hundreds of internship placement opportunities in Cape Town; thus, placements will vary according to each student’s academic and professional goals. By linking coursework in Durban with an internship in Cape Town, students will not only gain an understanding of current affairs in South Africa, but also valuable professional experience.
*This program is available for the fall semester only*

$16,500 (includes tuition, housing, flight, and personal expenses)

Approximately: June 28 – November 3, 2015

March 15, 2015

Anna Fairbairn:
ACES Study Abroad:


Peace Corps Week March 1 – 7

Peace Corps Week March 1 – 7:

March 3 Returned Peace Corps Panel Discussion @ 6pm in The Career Center Conference Rm 715 S. Wright St. Champaign (this event features Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from The Gambia, Albania, and Paraguay; volunteers are also UIUC alumni)

March 4 “Peace Corps Women! Reflecting Upon Our Experiences” @ 7pm A panel discussion from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at UIUC discussing their unique experiences as women participants in Peace Corps, exploring gender, relationships, service, and navigating culture. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and OIIR held at The Women’s Resources Center 703 S. Wright St. Champaign

March 5 Serving the Common Good: A Panel Discussion on Nonprofit and Public Affair Careers @ 6:30 pm in The UIUC Illini Union (sponsored by the Office of Volunteer Programs)

March 7 Coffee Chat with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Campus Recruiter 10:30-11:30am @ Caffe Paradiso 810 S. Lincoln Ave. Urbana – Returned Volunteers from China, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, and the Republic of Cabo Verde discuss their Peace Corps experiences over coffee. Open to the public!

Additional Spring 2015 Semester Events:

March 11 Peace Corps Application Workshop 6pm @ The Career Center Conference Rm

March 18 Peace Corps booth at the All-Campus Career Fair 12-4pm @ ARC

April 1 Peace Corps Information Session 6pm @The Career Center Conference Rm

April 14 Peace Corps Application Workshop 6pm @The Career Center

April 18 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers present at the Leaders for Global Change (LGC): International Service Learning Conference 10am-2pm @ UIUC’s YMCA

May 6 Peace Corps Information Session 6pm @The Career Center

**Events are often added throughout the year, and Peace Corps is represented at most Career Fairs and international-related workshops on campus.

Application DeadlinesApril 1st (October 2015 Departure) and July 1st (Feb./March 2016 Departure)

Go Government Webinar: Interviews and Security Clearances: What to Expect

Go Government Webinar:
Interviews and Security Clearances: What to Expect

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: Noon-1:00pm
Location: The Career Center Conference Room

So you’ve applied for a federal job: now what?  Join us as we discuss how to prepare for a federal interview and what to expect from the security clearance process.

The Partnership for Public Service’s Go Government webinar series are designed for career services professionals to share with students and alumni looking for federal opportunities.

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

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