[Virtual Career Connections Series] Exploring Career Opportunities at the Research Park
From Ning Zulauf on 04/28/2020
[Virtual Career Connections Series]
Exploring Career Opportunities at the Research Park
presented by Dr. Jennifer Kim of the University of Illinois
Did you know? The University of Illinois Research Park employed around 800 interns and has 2200 employees across 125 companies. They also host more than 200 events annually. For more information, please check out this video.
I am not a researcher nor an engineer, just a business student. Are there opportunities at the Research Park for me?
You are NOT JUST a business student! As a business student, you have a lot to offer. Please join us as we chat with Dr. Jennifer Kim from the University of Illinois Research Park to learn more about what business intelligence is needed at the Research Park and how you can be a part of it. She will share an overview on the types of non-traditional opportunities that business students should consider, how to engage with industry professionals as well as career tips on searching for opportunities in this current job market.
Who should watch this
- Students interested in exploring non-traditional career possibilities with their business degree
- Students interested in learning how your business education can be applied in cutting edge technology solutions and innovative business process management from startups to multinational corporations
As the Assistant Director for Talent and Programming at the University of Illinois Research Park (UIRP), Dr. Jenny Kim helps the companies in the Park grow both their student and full-time workforce. She also helps to coordinate the UIRP’s intern team that supports internal and startup client projects. Before joining the UIRP team, Jenny was a career adviser and led employer relations at the Graduate College Career Development office. She is also a two-time alum of the University of Illinois-- earning both a Bachelor’s in Biology and a doctorate in Neuroscience.
About the University of Illinois Research Park
The Research Park at the University of Illinois is a leading innovation hub for technology commercialization with a unique environment that cultivates startups and increases capabilities for established companies. The mixed-use composition promotes creative collisions and interdisciplinary collaborations, strengthening the bridge between campus and community. Located on campus, Research Park has more than 120 companies and growing, employing over 2,100 people in high-technology careers. At any given time more than 800 student interns are gaining valuable experiential learning and work experience while making real contributions to internal corporate R&D and product development programs.
Multinational and publicly traded corporations in the Research Park include ADM, Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, AGCO, Ameren, Bayer, BP, Brunswick, Capital One, Caterpillar, CME Group, Corteva AgriSciences, Deere & Company, Graybar, Littelfuse, NVIDIA, Forcepoint (a subsidiary of Raytheon) Riverbed, State Farm, Synchrony, and Yahoo (Verizon Media Group). The Research Park also has over 50 startup companies that are commercializing the technology. EnterpriseWorks, the Park’s 43,000-square-foot business incubator for early-stage tech firms, is operated by the University of Illinois to help launch successful scientific and research-based startup companies. Check out their website here: https://researchpark.illinois.edu/
ABOUT THE VIRTUAL CAREER CONNECTION SERIES
Organized by Gies Career Services, this series aims to connect students with industry professionals and to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about various roles, industries, career tips and the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s global job market. These are challenging times and financial markets are suffering. You might ask, “What will happen to my job search? Are any companies even hiring?” In light of the current situation, Career Services is launching this series where we invite individuals to not only share their experience, insights and career tips but to also share how they have overcome challenges in an economic downturn.