The Division of Student Affairs’ Involvement to Industry Conference is returning to Illinois State University on Thursday, March 4. This year, the conference is specifically focused on juniors and seniors who may be searching for a job or internship in 2021.

“This is a great opportunity for upcoming graduates to grow their network with young alumni within their career cluster,” said Renee Carrigan, career advisor in Career Services.

The time commitment for the Involvement to Industry mini conference is just two hours this year, with the opportunity to join virtually or in person. The conference will cover a variety of topics including negotiation, benefits, seeking mentors, and finding balance while establishing a professional identity. Both Career Services representatives and young alumni from seven different industries will lead discussions. The conference will once again feature a RED[bird] Talk, a keynote address to all attendees.

This year’s RED[bird] Talk is Niko Cinquepalmi, a student recruiter for FS GrowMark Agricultural Cooperative System. In his role, he prospects student talent who will shape the future of agriculture in a rapidly evolving industry, and places them in positions to leverage innovation, home-grown cooperative principles, and unparalleled customer service to drive GrowMark’s vision. 

Julia Durnell, a graduate student who attended the conference as an undergraduate last year says, “The biggest thing I gained from the conference is the understanding of how important every experience and role you have had in college truly is to your future. Everything you do creates many different skillsets that can be applied to your career post-graduation.”

Participation in this program is free; students just need to register in advance. More information and registration are available on

Durnell shares that the conference “is the perfect place to network! It is also a great way to start thinking about what experiences you have had in your time at Illinois State and how you can apply them to your future career.”