Recruiting at the University

The talent attraction team plays a pivotal role in the university’s growth and success. Our primary objective is to actively engage, and recruit talented individuals who can contribute to our vibrant and diverse institution. By focusing on inclusivity and diversity, we ensure that our recruitment efforts not only meet the current needs of the university but also foster an environment of innovation and excellence for the future. Through collaborative partnerships and innovative strategies, we continuously strive to enhance our recruitment processes, ensuring that we remain competitive in attracting talent to join our dynamic community.

Interested in a job and want to speak to a recruiter? Fill out our new General Interest Form

Meet the Recruiters

Tori Exum

Tori Exum

Director of DEI Talent Attraction Programs


Jason Knight

Jason Knight

Talent Strategy Recruiter


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Why Illinois

Our Why Illinois page offers a comprehensive overview of benefits at the university, highlighting our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It serves as a gateway for potential employees to explore over 10,000 faculty and staff positions, join our community of 56,000 students, and contribute to our status as a pre-eminent public research university with a global impact.


Jobs page for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, highlighting the diverse job opportunities and the inclusive community at the university.

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Our primary goal is to recruit talented individuals who enrich our diverse institution, fostering innovation and excellence through inclusivity and diversity.

Summer Youth Program

The Office of the Chancellor and Illinois Human Resources is pleased to offer the 2024 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP offers a unique eight-week experience for students, ages 15-19, from Champaign, Rantoul, and Urbana.

Cost to Unit

There is no cost to your unit for a student.

Work Dates

June 3, 2024 through July 26, 2024

Work Schedule

Student work schedules can be flexible but must not exceed 7.5 hours per day. The program will pay for up to 20 hours per week in the unit and an additional 2-3 hours of Professional Development scheduled by our office and held outside of your unit each Friday.

Rate of Pay

$14.00-$15.00 per hour

You may submit your request for a Summer Youth Program employee. Your participation in this important program is encouraged. Please register no later than Friday, May 10, 2024. This date will close sooner if we reach full capacity of units requesting a student. Please note that requesting a student does not guarantee we will be able to provide you with a student. Most students will review jobs and make selections based on their skills and interests, other will be placed and learn new areas.

If you have any questions, please contact Tori Exum at texum@uillinois.edu.

Summer Youth Program Employment Request Form