2024 Illinois iSchool (School of Information Sciences) Networking & Career Fair

Friday, September 6th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Illini Union
Handshake registration opens May 1

IMPORTANT: MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE–SEPTEMBER 7 IS HOME FIELD FOOTBALL!

Quicklinks

The iSchool is known for students with rich technological knowledge combined with an understanding and interest in how technology and people influence each other. At this nice event, you’ll meet approximately 1,000 students interested primarily in roles including:

  • Data Science, Data Analytics, & Data Engineering–including AI, Cloud, Data Architect, Data Curation/Management, Data Viz, Decision Science, IoT, ML, NLP, product manager, program manager, project manager, supply chain, and related roles
  • Business Intelligence and Consulting
  • IT & Cybersecurity
  • HCI/UX

Please Note: Although many of our students, especially in the MSIM Program, are hired in software engineering roles, we recommend the Illinois Grainger Engineering Fair for employers focused on software engineering and dev roles.


Student Attendance

We expect over 1,000 students this year. Last year’s fair was attended by 900+ students and 200 employer representatives from over 50 companies and attendance grows significantly each year. The fair is open to all students at Illinois, so expect to meet iSchool students as well as students from our business, engineering, liberal arts, and fine arts colleges.


Costs

Credit card payments can be made online.

Before June 1From June 1 on
UIUC Department75100
Nonprofit200300
Corporate/Government Single350450
Corporate/Government Double750850
Bridge the Gap350450
Fair Pricing

Timeline

Registration Timeline

May 1-31Early bird registration
June 1Standard registration opens
Aug 1Registered employers — boxed lunch selections due (you’ll receive a link to the form through email)
Aug 16Employer registration closes. Last day for refunds
Aug 26First day of classes. RSO Fair Prep Collaborations Begin

Timeline of Events


…………………………….September 5
11 AM – 3 PMResume Reviews at the iSchool (register through RSOs)
5:30– 7:30 PMBridge the Gap: Corporate Networking Night for Underrepresented Undergraduates in STEM. Meet women, Black, LatinX, LGBTQ+, and
students with disabilities from the iSchool and members of related RSOs. This event is offered only in conjunction with the fair.
…………………………….September 6
9 AMSet up for fair begins
10 AMBreakfast for employers opens with presentations from three RSOs:
– PHM Professional Information Sciences Fraternity
– Women in Data Science (WiDS)
– Illinois Data Science Club (iDSC)
10:30Boxed lunches delivered to employer booths (2 per table)
11 AMFair opens to students
3 PMSoft close

Hotels

The first football game of the year is on campus on September 7th, so you’ll want to make hotel reservations as early as possible. We recommend the following venues.

Illini Union Hotel (0 m)
217-333-1241

Townplace by Marriot (.3m)
217-344-1600

Hampton Inn (.6 m)
217-337-1100  

Hyatt Place (1.6 m)
217-531-2800

Hilton Garden Inn (1.8 m)
217-352-9970

Homewood Suites (1.8 m)
217-352-9960  

Holiday Inn (2 m)
217-398-3400 

Comfort Suites (2.1 m)
217-328-3500

I Hotel (2.7 m)
217-819-5000

Shipping 

Mail your fair materials in advance to the Illini Union at the address below. Be sure to bring your tracking number with you to the event, in case there is difficulty locating your items.

ATTN: iSchool Career Fair (Sept 6)
1401 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801 and/or

ATTN: iSchool Bridge the Gap (Sept 5)
1401 W Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Return Shipping

If you need return shipping, please secure your package and affix a pre-printed label from the shipping company to the item before dropping it off at the shipping station on your way out of the fair. The shipping station is located at the student entrance to the event. NOTE: Packages that are not securely selaed will not be accepted by the carrier.


Parking

For your convenience, parking spots have been reserved on-campus during our networking events in the following locations: 

Bridge the Gap on September 5
Once you get your tags from the check-in desk, you can park in the Circle Driveway, Illini Union, 1400 W. Green St, Urbana, at bagged meters # 1 – 16 and in parking lot D10, at tagged Meters # D2 – D16. You will also receive your parking tag for the fair at this time.

Career Fair on September 6
The following meters have been reserved for your use on S. Matthews Avenue in Urbana. Please note, single booths include ONE parking spot and double booths include TWO parking spots.

If you plan to bring addtional vehicles, you have the option to download the mobile meter app or purchase a day permit from campus parking. These can be purchased and mailed advance or picked up in person.

  • From Green Street, North to Springfield: Meters 70731-70775 (meters are on both sides of street)
  • From Green Street, South to W. Oregon Street: 80501-80527, and 80560-80599  

Contact Us

For assistance with registration, payments, and logistics, please contact Kristin Sexton, Stewardship and Donor Relations Coordinator.

To discuss recruiting, experiential learning activities, class visits, and academic programs, please contact Michele Plante

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