Employment Opportunities

The Illinois Leadership Center’s (ILC) team consists of professional staff members, graduate and undergraduate student employees.

We are no longer accepting applications for AY2021-2022 at this time.


Undergraduate Student Positions

The ILC employs undergraduate students and provides them with professional experiences to develop their leadership and career development competencies. Below are learning outcomes established through our student employment program. Throughout the academic year, students will participate in mandatory professional development sessions, and will be invited to participate in voluntary staff social events.   

Learning Outcomes:

  • Enhance personal communication skills (oral & written)
  • Develop an appreciation for diversity
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Exercise responsible independence
  • Develop leadership competencies
  • Adapt to and utilize new technologies
  • Increase career readiness

Traditionally between January to March each year, the ILC recruits and hires undergraduate students for employment for the next academic year. Please note that some positions may not have openings and will not be available to apply for during the hiring process. All applicants must include a resume with their applications.

resume is a document used and created by a person to present their background, skills, and accomplishments to a potential employer. This document is considered a standard element of the job application process in the United States and many other countries. If you need assistance preparing a resume for this application, we encourage you to utilize The Career Center. They provide in-person and online resume reviews as well as a variety of print and electronic resources.

Currently, we hire and employ undergraduate students for six (6) distinct types of positions:


Specialists work in one of three primary teams to provide support for the ILC’s programs and services:

click here to view job description for the specialist position


Graf Interns

Graf Interns work in one team to assist in the coordination and management of student leadership development programs such as:

click here to view job description for the graf interns position


Graphic Designers

Graphic Designers create visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate the ILC’s audiences, as well as manage the ILC's social media presence.

To apply for this position, applicants must provide a portfolio of past work.

click here to view job description for the graphic designer position



Photographers capture photos and produce videos for ILC events and programs.

To apply for this position, applicants must provide a portfolio of past work.

click here to view job description for the photographer positions


Podcast Intern

The Podcast Intern produces episodes for the ILC's podcast (https://anchor.fm/madetolead) and serves as the main host.

This internship is primarily for Communication majors and eligible for course credit, but any undergraduate student is welcome to apply. To apply for this position, applicants must submit an audio sample. Click here for the sample instructions

click here to view job description for the podcast intern position


On-Site Coordinator

The On-Site Coordinator (OSC) works closely with the Co-Lead Facilitators, Cluster Facilitators, and Program Coordinator (ILC's Assistant Director) to assist with the planning, and manage all on-site logistics the week of The Institute: https://leadership.illinois.edu/institute

This position is only available to sophomore, junior, or senior students who have previously attended The Institute by LeaderShape program. 

click here to view job description for the podcast intern position


Please contact Clair Bryan at cebryan2@illinois.edu if you have any questions. 


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Graduate Student Positions

Graduate Assistants (GAs), Research Assisstants (RAs) or Graduate Interns (GIs) 

Graduate student workers serve as a member of the Illinois Leadership® Center professional staff. Our graduate students work closely with the full-time pro staff members and undergraduate students at the Center. 

Expectations: Responsibilities of our graduate student workers include assisting the professional staff with the oversight of ILC's programs and services such as: advising undergraduate student employees, participating in assessment & research projects, assisting with the marketing and promotion of the Center, planning collaborative programs & workshops with various campus departments, facilitating workshops or completing other tasks as needed.

Hours: GAs & RAs work a standard 20 hours/week. GIs work varies hours based on needs and availability. 

GA & RA positions are traditionally monthly paid assistantships. Typically, the Center employs students enrolled in graduate programs within the College of Education but this is not a requirement for employment. For more information about graduate student employment, please click here.

GI positions are traditionally unpaid internships. Typically, this internship is used for course credit with program approval. 

The ILC is no longer accepting applications for Graduate Assistant positions for the 2021-2022 academic year at this time.



Professional Staff Positions

Professional staff within the Illinois Leadership® Center have experience in leadership education and leadership development, and often possess a background in higher education administration.  All employment vacancies, when they occur, are posted at the University of Illinois employment website.



Click here to see the ILC Student Employee Supervisor Kit