Career Services Staff

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Location: 214 David Kinley Hall (DKH)
Email Address:
Phone: 217.333.2682

Katie Kennealy, Assistant Director of Career & Alumni Affairs
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Katie oversees all of the career development and employer relations activities for the Department of Economics. While she has been with the department since 2015, she has been working in career services for the last 20+ years with the majority of that time being spent on the Illinois campus. In addition to meeting with students and employers, Katie facilitates both the ECON 198 (Economics at Illinois) and ECON 298 (Internships) courses for Economics students. Katie has a true passion for career services and is always looking for new and innovative ways to assist students in taking those next steps with experiences outside of the classroom.

Rachel Becker, Graduate Assistant
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Rachel is a first-year master’s candidate in human resources and industrial relations at the School of Labor and Employment Relations. She graduated in the Spring of 2023 from UIUC with a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology and minor in French. During her time at Illinois, she has been involved with the University of Illinois Women’s Glee Club as a member and Vice President of the choir. In her free time Rachel likes to go on hikes, build Legos, and bake. Rachel cannot wait to help students within the economics department find their academic passions and grow their professional careers!  


Emma O'Connor, Lead Career Intern
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Emma is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in business and environmental economics & law. During her time at Illinois, she has been involved with her social sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, law fraternity Kappa Alpha Pi, and is also a student designer at Campus Ink. In her free time Emma likes to cook, paint, and go on walks. This year Emma can not wait to help incoming students to the economics department find their love for economics and growing their career.



Juhi Lokare, Career Intern
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Juhi is a senior majoring in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics and minoring in Statistics. During her time at Illinois, she has been involved with the Economics Club and Travel & Hospitality Association. Outside of school, she enjoys attending concerts and playing guitar. Juhi is excited to get to know more Econ students and share career prep advice! 




Alex Stonkus, Career Intern
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Alex is a senior majoring in economics and minoring in business. She is involved in her social sorority, Kappa Delta and LAS Leaders. In the past year she was a campus manager at the apparel company, South by Sea where she made merchandise for organizations on campus. Alex's favorite part of her last three years has been studying abroad in Paris in spring 2023. This year she cannot wait to meet all of economics students and help them achieve their career goals.