Weekly Round-up

Students are invited to apply for the YWCA Women in Leadership (WIL) Internship Program. WIL is an opportunity for women and women-identifying students (any year or major) to develop marketable skills and discover their strengths. For more information, contact kate@ywcauofi.org or visit http://ywcauofi.org/womeninleadership . To apply, visit: bit.ly/WILapp2020.


In late March and early April, the National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.

Information Sessions for juniors and seniors (students graduating before August 2021):

Friday, March 27th:  1:30-2:00 or 2:00-2:30 or 4:00-4:30 pm

Information Sessions for freshmen and sophomores (students graduating after August 2021):

Monday, March 30th: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30 or 3:00-3:30 pm

Wednesday, April 1st: 1:00-1:30 or 1:30-2:00 pm

Thursday, April 2nd: 3:00-3:30 or 3:30-4:00 pm

Friday, April 3rd: 2:30-3:00, 3:00-3:30 or 4:00-4:30 pm

All sessions will be held online. For more information regarding online sessions visit https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/1826


As the University makes the transition to online instruction, the Writers Workshop will continue to support students. Students can get writing feedback via online consultations. Moreover, it is also available for virtual class presentations and collaborations by request through Zoom or other interfaces.


The School of Labor and Employment Relations is hosting a virtual Information Session for students to learn more about the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) Program. Interested students will be joined by LER staff for an overview of the curriculum and current students as they share their experiences in the program. Other topics will include admissions requirements and career opportunities in the field.  Interested students are asked to RSVP in Handshake or email to jboys@illinois.edu in order to receive the Zoom invitation.


The Division of General Studies (DGS) is seeking undergraduate student leaders to assist with New Student Registration program. As summer peer advisors, the students will:

  • Learn about the academic advising profession by being an integral part of New Student Registration
  • Collaborate with DGS academic advisors, administrators, and other campus partners
  • Serve as a point person for roughly 1,500 students
  • Facilitate morning small group meetings for DGS students during New Student Registration
  • Assist new students with registration of courses for the fall semester

The DGS Summer Peer Advisor position will assist students with the following skill development: teamwork, collaboration, presentation skills, small group facilitation, mentoring, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Candidates must be available for full day training May 18-21, 2020. Peer advisors will be responsible for working approximately 20-25 hours per week from June 1-July 9, 2020.

The pay for this position is $10 per hour.

Required qualifications:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others
  • Knowledge of the Course Explorer website
  • Knowledge of UI Integrate Self Service
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 or above

Interested students are asked to email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Jessica Arnold (jarnold7@illinois.edu) by 5 pm on April 6, 2020. Application received after 5 pm will not be considered.

Alumni Profile: Heather Gernenz, Publicity Manager at the University of Illinois Press

We talked to Heather Gernez, Publicity Manager at the University of Illinois Press, about her experience of working at a press and the challenges she faced before starting her career as Publicity Manager. We also asked her for some suggestions for our undergraduates who want to pursue a career in the field Heather is now. This is what she said:

What is your current job? What challenges did you face to get there?

I’m currently the publicity manager at the University of Illinois Press. My primary responsibilities include sending books out to reviewers, setting up interviews and events for authors, and managing the press’s social media accounts.

I first started working for the press as student worker in the marketing department in my junior year of college. I had been working at Barnes and Noble as a bookseller since high school and knew I wanted to pursue a career in publishing. After college, I continued working at Barnes and Noble, and also began working at the UIUC library in Collection Management Services as an academic hourly. I applied to so many jobs in publishing during this time, mainly editorial positions, which is what I thought I wanted to pursue, but never had any luck. Looking back now, I think if I had been applying to jobs in publicity I would have been a lot more successful based on my previous experience. The work I did for my predecessor during my time as a student worker at UIP was definitely my favorite, but somehow I never made the connection that I should pursue publicity work! I did actually interview for an assistant acquisition editor position at the press, but didn’t end up getting it. A fact I am grateful for now, as I know it’s not the right type of work for me.

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Internships at ATLAS

Recently we had the chance to talk to some staff and interns of ATLAS about internships. The conversation provided us with valuable information about internship opportunities at ATLAS, application procedure, the possibility of continuing internships for more than one semester, and the prospect of transition from unpaid internships to paid positions.

How do you invite internship applications? Do you advertise them or do you accept applications throughout the year?

We invite applications year round, as we constantly have new positions coming in, and have started interns at mid-semester in the past. We also do specific calls for applications if we have a position that needs filled and we don’t have applicants that fit that position.

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Alumni Profile: Steve Haruch, independent journalist and filmmaker

Recently we interviewed Steve Haruch, a writer, journalist and independent filmmaker based in Nashville, TN. He graduated with a B.A. from UIUC in 1996 (English/Rhetoric double major), and went on to earn an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Washington in 2000. After a series of teaching, copywriting and other odd jobs, he landed at the Nashville Scene, where he worked as a staff editor for seven years. Since then, he has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR’s Code Switch and The Guardian, among other outlets. He edited People Only Die of Love in Movies: Film Writing by Jim Ridley (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018) and is currently producing a documentary film about the history of college radio. He is particularly interested in talking with students from minority backgrounds. In the interview, Haruch talked about freelancing, a career option that offers freedom of work.

What is your current job? What do you like about it?

I’m a freelancer, so my current job is really a series of jobs, mostly involving writing in some way. These are strung together in a manner that resembles regular work but is more open-ended and irregular.

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