Cline Center for Advanced Social Research

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The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research equips and empowers a new generation of social scientists, humanists, and data scientists to take up key challenges that threaten humans, like climate change, civil unrest, sustainability, inequality, and public health. By applying advanced computational techniques at extreme scales to discover innovative solutions hidden in unstructured data.

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CHI Overhead Doors

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C.H.I. Overhead Doors creates garage doors with exceptional quality, craftsmanship, and value. Their mission from the beginning was to be the best partner for our customers by building a quality, damage-free product, with all components in place, and delivering on time with our company drivers. Keeping our core values in place, C.H.I. Overhead Doors has grown to become an industry-leading manufacturer of overhead doors. They offer commercial, residential, and rolling steel doors to customers in the United States as well as other countries around the world. C.H.I. continues to grow with a dedicated purpose: to celebrate heritage, tradition, and values, and to provide our customers with A Better Experience.

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Chesterbrook Academy

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Chesterbrook Academy Preschool Champaign expertly combines academics and structured play for students ages 6 weeks to Pre-K. They have been part of the community of Champaign since 1995. Chesterbrook Academy Preschool is a caring place where your child can grow, learn, and thrive from their passionate and caring teachers.

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Champaign Caterpillar Innovation Center


The Caterpillar Champaign Innovation Center brings together resources from key fields for the company’s research and development efforts, including engineering, computer science, operations research, and statistics, to drive innovative development through data analysis. The CIC also utilizes simulation technology to optimize product and process designs while reducing overall development time and cost. The center addresses engineering design issues such as materials processing, manufacturing processing, and structural analysis.

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Position and Skills at Caterpillar Innovation Center

  • Caterpillar previously has hired students studying agricultural & biological engineering, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, industrial engineering, and statistics.
  • Caterpillar looks for students with strong technical, communication skills, and have involvement in student organizations on campus.


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Computer Application and Systems Integration (CASI), is a technology and business services company delivering robust solutions for multiple industries since 1993. CASI has been developing and licensing mission-critical solvers for solutions of linear systems for over a decade. These are widely used in the areas of Engineering Analysis and VLSI Simulation. These solvers are used by over 70,000 users worldwide.





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The Carle Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Building, constructed in 2017, covers 52,000 square feet and is solely occupied by Carle Hospital. The building is home to over 50 physicians, physician assistants, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. It also includes diagnostic, athletic performance, and rehabilitation spaces.

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Capital One Illinois Digital Campus Lab

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Tenant Directory 14 Tenant DirectoryThe Capital One Illinois Digital Campus Lab is the company’s first university-based lab site, focusing on research and experimentation in data science. A variety of software development groups within Capital One provide research opportunities and innovative projects. Projects may involve development for web, tools, large scale data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, databases, open-source, cybersecurity, automation, or mobile apps, among others.





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Positions and Skills at Capital One

  • Capital One has previously hired a technology incubator intern. The Capital One Digital Campus Lab seeks students from many disciplines including computer science, math and statistics, finance, and information science.


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BP opened a center at Research Park to develop sustainable IT solutions. The center provides bp with access to the next generation of talent to explore digital solutions and technologies that enhance the modernization of IT services for bp.

bp is a global producer of oil and gas with operations in 70 countries. bp has a larger economic footprint in the U.S. than in any other nation, and it has invested more than $100 billion here since 2005. bp employs about 14,000 people across the U.S. and supports more than 111,000 additional jobs through all its business activities.

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BlooMD is focused on finding natural sources of bioactive compounds that could be used in human health, animal health, and food preparation. Using its proprietary insights, they screen a library of plant materials to isolate and test plant-made compounds for activity against common fungal and bacterial pathogens. BlooMD started in 2020 with Daphne Preuss and Shawn Carlson.

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Bayer Crop Science

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Bayer Crop Science Innovation Center uses the latest in digital tools and data to drive agricultural innovations, which increase efficiency and reduce the amount of water, land, and energy necessary to meet the world’s food fuel and fiber needs. These tools benefit farmers, consumers, and the planet. Bayer Crop Science seeks to deliver world-class innovation, set new standards in sustainability, and drive digital transformation. In 2016, Bayer acquired Monsanto. Currently, they operate as two separate legal entities, but they are working toward the integration of the two companies. In 2018, Monsanto opened a new innovation center at Research Park.

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Positions and Skills at Bayer Crop Science

  • Bayer has offered internships in software engineering, data science, agriculture business analyst, and automation engineering.



AXIS Research Center

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AXIS is a leading global specialty insurer and reinsurer, providing clients and distribution partners with a range of risk transfer products and services. AXIS was built to help our clients navigate the challenges of a volatile world. Our business strategy is the philosophy that we will win with our partners.

AXIS Insurance provides customized property, casualty, professional lines and other specialty coverage across the globe. On the other side, AXIS Re supplies risk transfer products to insurance companies comprising a variety of specialties from catastrophe to property to general liability.

At the AXIS Research Center, we introduce students from a variety of majors to a career trajectory they might not otherwise encounter in their course of study. ARC interns support ongoing data-handling processes and innovate new tools and workflows to enhance AXIS’s global operations.

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HabiTerre is a farming financial risk modeling company. They help financial institutes, public agencies, and individual producers to quantify, manage, and reduce financial risks in the farming-related business. HabiTerre aims to monitor and model every crop field’s financial risks in the United States and worldwide. They have developed revolutionary approaches to rate historical and real-time financial risks for each crop field by integrating advancing technology in three domains, satellite/corp modeling, artificial intelligence, and agricultural finance modeling.


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Ameren Innovation Center

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Ameren was created by the combination of three Illinois utilities (CIPSCO Incorporated, CILCO Inc. and Illinois Power Company) and Union Electric Company of St. Louis. The name comes from combining the words American and Energy. Employing more than 8,500 personnel, Ameren powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers across a 64,000-square-mile area. The Ameren Innovation Center collaborates with students and faculty from the University of Illinois and other companies across multiple industries at the Research Park. Their goal is to foster an exploratory environment that focuses on innovations to help Ameren better meet the future needs of its customers. The innovation center works on solving relevant problems and developing instrumental tools for the company.


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Positions and Skills at Ameren

Tenant Directory 25 Tenant DirectoryAmeren hires a wide range of interns year-round. The company looks at freshman to Ph.D. applicants for data analysis, application development, and operations roles. Additionally, Ameren has hired more than 20 different majors and encourages all majors to apply.

  • Data: The Data Science team deals with vast volumes of data using modern tools and techniques to find unseen patterns, derive meaningful information, and make informed decisions.
  • App Development: The application development team focuses on designing, building, and implementing software applications for many internal Ameren projects.
  • Technology: The technology team will work in the physical space to implement innovative battery, solar, and robotic technology to contribute to the development of sustainable energy solutions for our customers.
  • iOps: The iOps team leads the internal side of the Center and removes all barriers that the other teams may face. Marketing the Center to potential applicants and internal management falls under the job description for the iOps team.

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AirScout enables producers to shift from reactive to proactive crop management, solving problems before they appear. AirScout’s patented aerial thermal imagery and AirScripts™ prescription-generating app put tools directly into the hands of farmers and agronomists, allowing them to identify problems before they can be detected with other imagery formats. Their precision ag technology gives farmers advanced warning of developing crop problems and allows for strategic scouting and action within hours.

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AGCO Acceleration Center

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Tenant Directory 31 Tenant DirectoryAGCO is a global leader and manufacturer of agriculture equipment and technology. AGCO Corporation delivers agricultural solutions to farmers worldwide through a full line of tractors, combine harvesters, hay and forage equipment, seeding and tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems. The AGCO Acceleration Center is specifically dedicated to advancing technology and innovation across AGCO’s family of brands. At the Acceleration Center, we focus on developing new-to-market solutions and advanced technologies to help farmers protect their harvest and their animals to feed a growing world population.

Interested in joining the AGCO Acceleration Center? Check out our open positions on the AGCO Careers Page and apply online.


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Positions and Skills at AGCO

  • AGCO hires a wide range of positions, including data analysts, designers engineers, software engineers, and more.


ADM Science and Technology Center


In September 2022, ADM celebrated the grand opening of the new ADM Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Research Park. The facility quadruples ADM’s footprint and reflects a significant expansion of its capabilities.

In addition to its focus on process and financial modeling as well as business intelligence and business development, the new center’s portfolio will allow the addition of human nutrition research and development, wet chemistry, sensory science, data science, computational fluid dynamics, and customer interface and applications.

“Our partnership with the University of Illinois has been a win for ADM, the university and its students, as well as the industries in which ADM operates, and we are so excited about this new facility and the future of our collaboration,” said Todd Werpy, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Science Officer at ADM. “University of Illinois students and visiting scientists have helped ADM tackle big challenges and have developed business cases for important research projects. For the university and its students, the new facility will provide hands-on experiences working on real projects that are making an impact not just on ADM, but also on the world.

“The expansion strengthens our relationship with the university, leading to more value for ADM, more opportunities for students, and more innovation to unlock the power of nature in order to enrich the quality of life.”

The ADM Science and Technology Center will create opportunities for students across campus including chemical engineering, chemistry, information science, computer science, food science and human nutrition, technology management, agricultural and consumer economics, animal science and business programs just to name a few.

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ABOUT ADM: Archer Daniels Midland Company is one of the largest agricultural processors in the world. Serving as a vital link between farmers and consumers, they take crops and process them to make food ingredients, animal feed ingredients, renewable fuels, and naturally derived alternatives to industrial chemicals. Since everything at ADM begins with agriculture, they have built long-lasting partnerships with the farming community. Farmers are essential to the overall economy, and that’s why ADM creates thousands of products from their crops. Found in 1902 and incorporated in 1923, ADM is headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, and operates processing and manufacturing facilities across the United States and worldwide. Through their extensive global distribution facilities and capabilities, ADM makes a significant contribution to the world’s economy and quality of life.


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  • ADM hires interns and professionals from the fields of computational work, engineering, and biotechnology.


AbbVie Innovation Center

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AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013. Our mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that address complex health issues and enhance people’s lives. Our ~50,000 employees are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists and regulatory experts located around the globe. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio.

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The AbbVie Innovation Center (AIC), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Research Park, is a hub for project enhancement and experimentation within AbbVie’s technology organization, especially in support of scientific research and development. The AIC is the flagship site for Information Research Academic Partnerships (IRAP). IRAP’s student co-op program facilitates collaboration between students and AbbVie project teams, exploring innovative solutions to ongoing challenges within the enterprise. Driven by the transformative power of technology, IRAP provides students incredible opportunities to develop skills in fields like software development, machine learning, data science, communications, design, and business systems analysis. 

IRAP’s three pillars of Innovation, Collaboration, and Culture form the foundation of the program, propelling its students and staff to constantly push boundaries.  

Positions and Skills at AbbVie Innovation Center

· IRAP offers co-op positions in software development, data engineering, business systems analysis, computational and statistical analysis, technology research, visual and UX design, and communications.

· IRAP looks for candidates who are self-motivated, organized, able to work in cross-functional teams and have a passion for learning.

· Students commit to 12-15 hours per week during the Fall and Winter/Spring terms and 35-40 hours per week during the summer.

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Abbott Laboratories

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Abbott Laboratories at Research Park primarily researches human nutrition products from pregnancy to elder care and pharmaceutical manufacturing quality. Abbott’s nutritional products ingredients like prebiotics, which aid in the healthy development of the immune system and Glucerna, which aids in helping lower blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes.

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Positions and Skills at Abbott Laboratories

  • Abbott recruits heavily from food science and human nutrition, but its roles are not limited to those students.
  • Interns can work on a wide range of nutrition-relation projects, including preliminary research, topic evaluation, and increasing awareness of the best practices in nutrition science.

Cargill Innovation Lab at UIUC

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Cargill’s mission is to nourish the world safely, responsibly, and sustainably. As the world constantly changes, Cargill is constantly searching for fresh, new innovations. Cargill connects farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. Cargill combines 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, Cargill is building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.


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Positions and Skills

  • Cargill has offered internships and full-time offers in software engineering, data science, and UI/UX design.
  • Cargill seeks candidates who are team-oriented, innovative, analytical and have a basic foundation in technical skills.

John Deere Technology Innovation Center

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John Deere is a world leader in providing advanced products and services. They are committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land. John Deere continues to innovate through artificial intelligence, automation, and connectivity to help farmers sustainably feed our growing world. The John Deere Technology Innovation Center opened at Research Park in 2008 and has continued to focus on delivering customer-centered solutions from the corn production system through Focused Research and Accelerated Incubation. From Engineering to Information Technology, John Deere’s team is dedicated to driving technology in an environment of collaboration and innovation.



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Positions and Skills for John Deere Technology Innovation Center

  • John Deere is looking for undergrad, grads, and post-doc’s in analytics, robotics, IoT, UX, mobile, and agronomy. They hire for the school year and during the summer.

Brunswick I-Jet Lab

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Brunswick is an industry leader in the marine space who focus on lifestyle products like recreational boats, marine engines, active recreation, and activated workplace products. The Brunswick I-Jet Lab (Illini – Joint Explorations in Technology) works closely with Brunswick’s corporate to further accelerate Brunswick’s progress in modernizing the recreational boating experience. I-Jet Lab creates prototypes for mobile apps, websites, and products that improve customer experience. With over 175 years of experience, the Company has grown to become a world leader in each of its product categories.

In 2021, the Brunswick I-Jet Lab tripled in sized and moved to a new facility at 1907 S. Fourth Street, to accelerate support of the company’s  ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity and Electrification) strategy and vision to use technology and design to enhance the recreational boating experience.

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Research Park Brunswick Grand Opening on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Pictured from left to right: Laura Frerichs, Executive Director, Research Park; Susan Martinis, Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Trevor George, Site Director; David Foulkes, CEO; John Reid, VP Enterprise Technologies





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Positions and Skills for Brunswick I-Jet Lab

  • Brunswick has offered internship positions in electrical engineering, industrial design, materials science and engineering, project management, mechanical engineering, and human resources.
  • Brunswick looks for candidates who are adaptable, organized, detail-oriented, and effective communicators.

Illinois AgTech Accelerator

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Nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor and venture capital fund Serra Ventures partnered to bring programming for agtech startups to Champaign. Under the banner of the Illinois AgTech Accelerator, the programs are offered under gener8tor’s gBETA and gener8tor accelerator models.

gBETA AgTech is a free, seven-week accelerator program for early-stage companies designed to help startups gain early customer traction and improve business models.

The Illinois AgTech Accelerator recruits best-in-breed agtech startups worldwide to Champaign for an intensive, 12-week accelerator. Five selected startups for gener8tor AgTech spend three months focused on connecting with mentors, customers, corporate partners, and investors. Each startup receives a cash investment, office space, and access to gener8tor’s global network of mentors and investors.

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Ensaras, Inc. works at the intersection of wastewater treatment and analytics to provide novel insights and solutions for the wastewater sector. We work with wastewater dischargers to evaluate their treatment options and make informed and data-driven selections. We optimize treatment processes and reduce energy consumption at wastewater treatment plants using advanced analytics. We develop smart sensors embedded with in-device intelligence to help organizations meet their wastewater objectives.

At Ensaras, we have the skills, experience, passion, and commitment to address a variety of wastewater challenges with state-of-the-art analytical tools. Our team of experts in wastewater treatment, process engineering, resource recovery, data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are excited to be making the next generation of wastewater solutions a reality!

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