Information Systems / Information Technology

 

Quick Facts

2014 Median Salary
$61,000 (Bachelor)

As both business and society increasingly rely on IT, demand for Illinois ISIT graduates continues to grow.

2014 Top Hiring Employers
Protiviti
Ernst & Young
Accenture
Baxter Healthcare
FTI Consulting
PricewaterhouseCoopers
W.W. Grainger

full list

 

What do ISIT majors do?

The ISIT major provides students the skills necessary to understand and manage information, information technology development, systems analysis, e-business management, and electronic commerce. Information Systems (IS) professionals are interested in the application of information technology to business activities. They are concerned with the design and implementation of information systems to support the information processing needs of an organization.

What kinds of jobs do ISIT majors get?

 

Information Systems ManagementConsulting
Professionals in this field manage information and process data to be analyzed within complex networks. A person in this position is the link between hardware/software and the people who need the data to complete their projects.

Sample ISIT Management Full-Time Posting
IT Associate at General Motors
The IT associate role is involved in all aspects of the SDLC (software development lifecycle) – from requirements, specifications and design, to coding, testing and deployment. The IT associate will work as part of high-energy, passionate, solution-focused teams that thrive on solving problems and building solutions in areas such as: Mobile application development, Software development, Packaged-applications engineering, Data engineering, Business intelligence, Enterprise technology, Plant launch, Information Security and Risk Management, Infrastructure design and Telecommunications.
Sample ISIT Management Internship Posting
Information Technology Internal Audit Internship at Sears Holdings
A technology-focused internship with Audit requires motivated individuals with an information technology background that can identify and assess risks in business processes and the technology supporting them. Our associates work to improve business results by independently reviewing operations and systems throughout the organization’s many business units and evaluating how effective our internal controls address risks. As an Intern on the IT audit team, you will be executing audits of business and IT processes as well as our network, applications, and the related systems, databases, and other supporting technologies under the supervision of Auditors and Senior Auditors.
Consultants assess, design and combine leading information management and operational processes, approaches, technologies and controls to help enable sustained business value and risk management in support of the client’s business.

Sample IT Consulting Full-Time Posting
IT Advisory (ITA) – KPMG
Assess, design, and combine leading information management and operational processes, approaches, technologies, and controls to help enable sustained business value and risk management in support of the business. Information Technology (IT) organizations and their leaders often need a business focus that helps enable them to better organize and prioritize their IT investments based on factors including business value created, return on investments, and management of risk.
Sample Consulting Internship Posting
Advisory Technology Risk Consultant Security & Privacy Summer Internship – Deloitte
Security and Privacy professionals design and implement solutions to integrate security into the processes to enable business growth and manage reputational risks. Security and Privacy professionals build on foundations in Information Technology and Business to design and implement risk management organizations, processes and systems to address the growing challenges of cyber threats and other information technology risks.

How do I get a job in ISIT?

Landing a great internship and full-time job in ISIT is a process and preparation begins from your very first semester as a College of Business student. Your first step is to plan ahead using the charts below. Then you want to make sure you are proactively preparing yourself to secure an internship on your way to your future career. Everyone’s college experience is different, but below are typical job search sequences for ISIT majors.

Traditional 4-YearTransfer (2nd Year)Transfer (3rd Year)
1st Semester Apply for BCS Job Shadow
Begin completing internship checklist
2nd Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity*
Summer Work a part-time job for experience and/or take summer classes
3rd Semester Apply for second BCS Job Shadow
Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or summer internship
4th Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship and/or
winter internship (to be done in 6th semester)
Summer Summer internship or
Part-time job or
Classes (if you will have a winter internship your 6th semester)
5th Semester Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Participate in winter internship (if applicable)
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Information Technology Summer Camp – Procter & Gamble
    The Emerging Leaders In Technology Experience (ELITE) is a 5-day summer camp which provides students with the opportunity to experience the real work of the Information & Decision Solutions (IDS) function and develop leadership and collaborative skills, while gaining a strong understanding of the consumer packaged goods industry, as well as the P&G culture. The seminar is designed as real-world, real-contribution experiences. Each attendee is provided with the technical, business, and organizational training necessary to accomplish this objective. Every effort is made to design a project that can be brought from the initial stages to closure within the time frame of the assignment. At the end of the seminar, you will have the opportunity to apply for an Internship for the following summer.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Liberty Mutual
    The typical intern/co-op student is an undergraduate who will handle projects or some of the work normally performed by an entry-level, professional employee. Assignments can include: application development, software development, desktop support, system analysis and design, quality assurance, security and risk analysis, hardware support or middleware/midrange technologies.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.
3rd Semester Apply for BCS Job Shadow
Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship/co-op
Begin completing internship checklist
4th Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship and/or
winter internship (to be done in 6th semester)
Summer Summer internship or
Part-time job or
Classes (if you will have a winter internship your 6th semester)
5th Semester Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Participate in winter internship (if applicable)
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Information Technology Summer Camp – Procter & Gamble
    The Emerging Leaders In Technology Experience (ELITE) is a 5-day summer camp which provides students with the opportunity to experience the real work of the Information & Decision Solutions (IDS) function and develop leadership and collaborative skills, while gaining a strong understanding of the consumer packaged goods industry, as well as the P&G culture. The seminar is designed as real-world, real-contribution experiences. Each attendee is provided with the technical, business, and organizational training necessary to accomplish this objective. Every effort is made to design a project that can be brought from the initial stages to closure within the time frame of the assignment. At the end of the seminar, you will have the opportunity to apply for an Internship for the following summer.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Liberty Mutual
    The typical intern/co-op student is an undergraduate who will handle projects or some of the work normally performed by an entry-level, professional employee. Assignments can include: application development, software development, desktop support, system analysis and design, quality assurance, security and risk analysis, hardware support or middleware/midrange technologies.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.
5th Semester Begin completing internship checklist
Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Information Technology Summer Camp – Procter & Gamble
    The Emerging Leaders In Technology Experience (ELITE) is a 5-day summer camp which provides students with the opportunity to experience the real work of the Information & Decision Solutions (IDS) function and develop leadership and collaborative skills, while gaining a strong understanding of the consumer packaged goods industry, as well as the P&G culture. The seminar is designed as real-world, real-contribution experiences. Each attendee is provided with the technical, business, and organizational training necessary to accomplish this objective. Every effort is made to design a project that can be brought from the initial stages to closure within the time frame of the assignment. At the end of the seminar, you will have the opportunity to apply for an Internship for the following summer.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Liberty Mutual
    The typical intern/co-op student is an undergraduate who will handle projects or some of the work normally performed by an entry-level, professional employee. Assignments can include: application development, software development, desktop support, system analysis and design, quality assurance, security and risk analysis, hardware support or middleware/midrange technologies.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.