Research Park Project Coordinator Intern – Spring 2020/Summer 2020

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Posted: 1.6.20

Research Park Project Coordinator Intern – Spring 2020/Summer 2020

University of Illinois Research Park and EnterpriseWorks Staff

Do you love leading projects? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere? Do you get excited about entrepreneurship? Do you enjoy working with different types of people? The Project Coordinator position at the University of Illinois Research Park and EnterpriseWorks provides you the chance to apply your organizational and problem-solving skills to manage a variety of projects for a diverse group of clients including startups at EnterpriseWorks. We are looking for someone who is self-motivated and can not only identify problems but is driven to create solutions.

Research Park is a technology hub for corporate operations focusing on innovative, cutting edge research and development. EnterpriseWorks is an award-winning incubator at the Research Park that focuses on science and research-based start-up companies commercializing technology from the University of Illinois. We have a multifaceted team of professionals and interns dedicated to helping our startups and corporations thrive in the Research Park.

Previous University of Illinois Research Park interns have gone onto work at companies including but not limited to: Leo Burnett, Google, Facebook, IBM, Denodo, All State, Blue Bunny, Yelp, Solstice, and Surface 51.

This position will begin training during Spring 2020 and continue full-time through Summer 2020. Upon successful performance review, the role will continue into Fall 2020.

What You’ll Do

As a Project Coordinator, you will be responsible for managing a wide range of projects. This includes assembling a team of interns to best fit the needs of each project and providing support to that team throughout the duration of the project. You will kick off projects by meeting with clients to gauge the scope of work, set client expectations, and determine timelines and deliverables. You will also create contracts outlining the agreed upon terms. You will help the team meet deadlines and ensure projects are executed and delivered successfully. The ideal candidate will be able to lead intern teams by providing support, tools to collaborate, and freedom to work. It is important to know when to step back, not micromanage, while also making sure the project is moving forward.

Eligibility Requirements:

You MUST meet these requirements to be eligible for this internship.

  • Graduation date must be December 2020 or later (Preference for May 2021 or later)
  • Must be available to work 12-20 hours/week during Spring 2020 and 40 hours/week during Summer 2020. Ideal candidates will continue on through future semesters.
  • Must be a full-time enrolled student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the time of employment


  • Strong ability to maintain clear communication with management on project status
  • Ability to manage several projects at once and previous project management experience
  • Strong multitasking, time management and production skills
  • Ability to self-manage and complete projects in a timely manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with clients
  • Strong organizational and teamwork skills
  • Ability to quickly grasp a basic understanding of complex technologies
  • Being creative and flexible with projects

Nice to have:

  • Graduate-level candidates preferred
  • Project Manager experience in any student organization or other organization
  • Have a business perspective and marketing knowledge

For your application, please prepare:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining how your experience makes you a good fit for this position
  • Project timeline you relied on in the past along with a detailed description of your process managing that project. If you do not have a timeline from a previous project, please create one to submit with a detailed description.

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  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, we are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.
  • Hourly wage will be $12-$14 per hour based on experience and will be paid by the University of Illinois.
  • Demonstration of strong leadership skills and effective project management can lead to a promotion to a Project Manager and then Senior Project Manager positions.

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