Recruiting and Research Collaboration

The University of Illinois boasts one of the largest computer science departments in the nation with 1,713 undergraduates and 1016 graduate students. With a top-tier student body and a broad faculty base, our students have opportunities to explore the full depth and breadth of the computing challenges that lie ahead.

Illinois Computer Science students are the next generation of entrepreneurs, researchers, scholars, academicians, and business and industry giants. A hands-on education at Illinois means our students learn from the best in the classroom and in the laboratory, preparing them for leadership positions in the academy and industry. Odds are, one or more of your company's senior leaders is an Illinois alumnus. CS alumni play a pivotal role in nearly every high-tech company in this country and around the world.

There are many engagement opportunities to explore--you can recruit at the Campus-level, from the College of Engineering, or directly from Illinois Computer Science--and we can help you create a custom recruiting strategy for your company.

Recruit at the Campus-Level

The Career Center at Illinois offers opportunities to reach students from a wide variety of majors or for postions that do not require a specific major. They can also assist in connecting recruiters with unit-specific career services.

Recruit in The Grainger College of Engineering

Engineering Career Services (ECS) offers a wide range of services and programs to assist you with your recruiting needs and in accessing the more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from top-ranked programs within the College. Companies can post to the Handshake online job board for free. And job-seeking Engineering at Illinois alumni also have access to post resumes on Handshake.

Recruit within Illinois Computer Science and ECE ILLINOIS

For companies who are looking to recruit exclusively CS and ECE students, please explore our Corporate Connection Affiliates Program, the Startup Corporate Connection, or our diverse and flexible Ad Hoc opportunities.

Corporate Affiliates Program

The Corporate Connection provides a main point of entry for partnering with Illinois Computer Science and ECE ILLINOIS.

Your company should join the Corporate Connection if it:

  • Is committed to recruiting at Illinois
  • Hires or would like to hire ECE and/or CS students
  • Wants to collaborate with leading experts to address research challenges
  • Is looking for input into education, curriculum development, and research direction
  • Would like a high level of service that is coordinated, efficient, and effective

Learn more about the Corporate Connection program on the official program website.

Startup Corporate Connection

Illinois Computer Science has a vibrant ecosystem for innovators and entrepreneurs. We created the Startup Corporate Connection program to help get the word out about these unique career opportunities. To qualify for this free program, startups must be less than 5 years old and under 100 employees.

Ad Hoc Events

Even if The Corporate Connection is not a fit for you, we can still work with you to get your messaging to our students and the CS community. Some examples of popular events to host at Siebel Center are:

  • Tech talks
  • Corporate days
  • HACKS/competitions

Work with CS Student Groups

The CS Student Organizations have many opportunities for companies to enagage. We encourage you to learn about them, connect with them directly, or CS can advise you on what student organizations might be the best fit for your company.

Senior Design

Learn how your company can sponsor a CS 492/4 Senior Design project, which gives company representatives the opportunity to pitch their projects to all the enrolled students at the start of the fall semester. After reviewing student resumes, company reps can help select students for their project.

Research Collaboration

Illinois Computer Science has a global reputation for developing revolutionary technology--where groundbreaking research addresses real-world problems. The demand for computer science research, education, and application has exploded because computing underpins just about every aspect of modern life. The arts, science, business, medicine, and engineeering all benefit from the computational power, modeling, and thinking found in computer science. Our faculty and students are bringing their expertise to bear on many of society's most challenging problems.

Our collaborative culture allows industry partners to learn from and work with some of the best CS faculty in the world. Our internationally recognized faculty includes 14 ACM Fellows, 15 IEEE Fellows, 8 Sloan Research Fellows, and 32 NSF CAREER Award winners. And our faculty generated $34.8 million in research expenditures in 2017. The Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science has some of the best classrooms, research and instructional labs, and informal meeting spaces on the Illinois campus. And CS researchers have access to Blue Waters, one of the fastest supercomputers at a university anywhere in the world.

Innovation is our business. Partner with us to make it yours.

Contact Us

For more information on recruiting or research collaboartion opportunties with Illinois Computer Science, please email Associate Director for External Relations Cynthia Coleman at: