Summer Intern Professional Development Workshop Series

The annual Research Park & EnterpriseWorks' Summer Intern Professional Development Workshop Series are held weekly in the EnterpriseWorks atrium from 12-1 pm. Each workshop focuses on a unique aspect of the professional world, giving useful advice on everything from networking to negotiation. All Research Park interns are encouraged to attend and enjoy free lunch at the workshops. We will start serving lunch at 12 pm and will stop promptly at 12:15 pm to start the program. Lunch is first come, first served.


June 5: How to Manage Personal Finance

Topics that will be discussed include how to budget, save an emergency fund, pay down debt, set financial goals, and improve your credit report and score.

Presented by Kate Rogers, AVP, Affinity and Card Strategy, U of I Community Credit Union


June 12: Negotiation Strategies

Join Interns from across Research Park for our Intern summer workshop series with Prof. Loewenstein from the College of Business. He will provide an in-depth look into tactics and methods for your next Negotiation.

Presented by Prof. Lowenstein, Professor in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois


June 19: Teamwork

It has been proven that teamwork DOES make the dream work. Join us for another intern workshop in our series and learn about effective teamwork from the Illinois Leadership Center. Teamwork is important to us here at the Research Park and we want to share that with you.

Presented by the Illinois Leadership Center


June 26: LinkedIn-- Live It & Love It

Elizabeth Chominski from the Business Office will give this workshop about everything to do with LinkedIn. In this workshop you will learn how to build a LinkedIn profile that stands out and represents your unique self. You will also gain insights on how to find people on LinkedIn to build your professional network.

Presented by Elizabeth Chominski, Senior Associate Director, Gies Business Career Services at the University of Illinois


July 10: Stress Management

What is stress? What are the things we stress about? How does stress affect my well-being? In this psychoeducational workshop, Graduate Assistants at the University of Illinois Counseling Center will address these questions and provide an overview of what research says about ways to cope with stress. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how stress impacts one's life, learn stress management techniques, and how to develop resiliency.

Presented by the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois


July 17: Networking for Introverts

Are you intimidated by the idea of networking? In this workshop we’ll open up the toolbox and uncover ways to make networking easy, interesting, and fun.  You’ll learn how to approach networking events with a plan and a strategy, how to start a conversation with pretty much anyone, and how to follow up with new contacts in a meaningful way. You’ll have a chance to practice on each other, and you’ll set some straightforward goals and create a networking plan to achieve them.

Presented by Lauren Stites, Associate Director, Engineering Career Services at the University of Illinois


July 24: Personal Branding

What is your personal brand? Nell Madigan will focus on marketing yourself for success through finding your unique value of promise. We will think about our individual attributes and how that translates into your placement in the marketplace.

Presented by Nell Madigan, Associate Dean, School of Labor and Employment Relations