The student workforce at the Research Park is many things: talented, creative, hardworking and full of ideas. But if there is one word that sums up the talented University of Illinois student workforce available to companies within the Research Park, it would be: invaluable.
Student interns and employees make up approximately a third of the day-to-day workforce at the Research Park. Their value stems from their ability to produce results. Highly skilled graduate and undergraduate students hired as employees and research assistants can supplement full-time staff year round, as well as in the traditional summer internship period.
There is nothing “typical” about student workers at Research Park companies; they are hired from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Many come from engineering- related majors; others from finance, psychology, actuarial science, food and nutrition science, business, architecture, communications, and much more. Student interns are not only highly productive, they are cost-effective. Wages for student interns, employees and research assistants are substantially lower than full-time hires (40-50 percent less). Hiring interns is a recruiting strategy for many Research Park tenants; interns are prepared for full-time employment through training as well as familiarization of company culture and structure.
Here’s what they are saying about
student interns at the Research Park
“Jay has been very adept at understanding and adapting new technologies to his and our needs. His hard work will help pave the way for the growth of our local shopping initiative.”
“The most exciting thing about working with Jack is to watch as the outline of a problem is explained to him, and then it just gets done, period.”
“Megan has had a significant impact at Caterpillar by helping deliver timely, high quality, value added simulation results to Cat component development groups essentially helping transform Caterpillar from a "Fix-it" (test-based) organization to a "Prevent It" (simulation-based) organization.”