Employers

Leikki by Ian Leighly, BFA Exhibition 2017

Employers are invited to contact FAA Career Services at faacareersvcs@illinois.edu to join job fairs, set up site visits for graduating students, and connect with our more than 33,000 alumni.

How to Post a Job

The University of Illinois uses the I-Link system and is part of the NACElink OneStop network. First-time users should set up an employer account in I-Link.

Unpaid Internships

The College of Fine and Applied Arts follows the guidelines of the Fair Labor Standards Act when advising students about accepting unpaid internships. The Department of Labor notes the six criteria used to determine whether an internship qualifies for exclusion from payment:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Providing class credit is not sufficient to exempt employers from paying interns. Contact the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor for additional information.

Speculative Work

The College of Fine and Applied Arts follows AIGA guidelines for ownership of intellectual and creative property. Students are discouraged from entering competitions to create materials that promote clients, products, or events. Students also should avoid providing work for free—spec work—with the expectation of later payment. However, students should seek out opportunities to submit their existing creations to competitions judged by professionals in their field.

Offer Deadlines for Office-Based Positions

In accordance with University of Illinois policies, employers must allow students three weeks to consider offers of full-time employment or internships. This timeline does not apply to performance-based job offers.