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Professional Development

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Grainger Engineering is invested in your success when you’re a student and after you leave the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our unique, specialized centers provide the resources to make you the most prepared and innovative job candidates upon graduation.


Engineering Career Services

Engineering Career Services (ECS) is committed to helping you reach your career goals. No matter where you are in your college career, you can utilize our resources to find internships, co-ops and full-time jobs. We’ll help prepare you with resumes, cover letters, and practice interviews and we’ve spent years cultivating relationships with the companies that you want to work for.

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Technology Entrepreneur Center

Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) is unique to Illinois and knows how to get ideas off the ground. Through TEC, you’ll get the education, experiences, and resources to become leaders in innovation. TEC will help you join the next generation of world-changing visionaries, leaders, and entrepreneurs able to navigate the complex concepts inherent in the simultaneous processes of technology innovation and market adoption. TEC also administers the annual Cozad New Venture Competition and the Illinois Innovation Prize, among several other programs.

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Center for Academic Resources in Engineering

Located on the 4th floor of Grainger Engineering Library, the Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) is a state-of-the-art facility that provides innovative learning and resources for all engineering students. This dynamic learning community merges services and expertise to support you as an engineering student as you work to realize your academic and professional aspirations.

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Illinois Leadership Center

A resource at the University level, the Illinois Leadership Center can provide you with opportunities to develop or enhance essential leadership skills. Think about earning their Leadership Certificate. You’ll experience a multi-semester program designed to develop your leadership skills by working with a Leadership Coach and creating a Leadership Portfolio that showcases your growth.

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Center for Technical Consulting Resources

OTCR Consulting is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's premier student-run consulting firm. OTCR specializes in business strategy, technology strategy, and technology implementation. Since its founding in 1999, OTCR has grown to be a diverse club of seventy-five undergraduate and graduate students.

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Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) is a hub of innovation and hands-on support for those who want to discuss and work with higher education trends, models, projects, and resources. CITL uses leading pedagogical approaches, research-based methodologies, innovative instructional technologies, and comprehensive assessment practices to strengthen teaching efforts and improve student learning outcomes.

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College Teaching Effectiveness Network

CTEN, the College Teaching Effectiveness Network, is a graduate student-run organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is open to graduate students from all departments and stages of their graduate career. Its mission is to sponsor seminars and workshops of interest to graduate students who are currently teaching college-level classes and/or preparing for an academic career. Workshops address issues relevant to being an effective teacher at the college level.

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