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Career Services

Committed to Your Success

The success of our students, past and present, is our number one priority at First Institute. We offer lifetime placement assistance to help our graduates find great jobs, no matter how long ago they completed their training.

Our Career Services Department can help you with every part of your career search, from ongoing career-direction advice to job search strategies, interview techniques to networking opportunities. We actively reach out to industry employers to ensure all First Institute curriculum is up-to-date and students are learning the skills they need to excel.

Connecting You with Prospective Employers

While First Institute cannot guarantee job placement, our Career Services Department maintains contact with prospective employers to advise them of talented students’ abilities and availability. To learn more, please contact Career Services at 815-459-3500.

Employers – Interested in Our Students?

We’re always seeking new partners for our externship program which allows students to gain valuable real-world experience and learn from industry professionals in their work environment. With comprehensive, hands-on training and a well-rounded understanding of their chosen field, our students are eager to take part in this valuable opportunity.

If your company or business would like to participate in our externship program by hosting one of our students, please fill out the form to the right.

All externships are typically unpaid.

Dental Assisting Externship Program – Students complete 120 hours in an 8-week period.

Medical Assisting Externship Program – Students complete 160 hours of in a 10-week period.

Hire Our Graduates

Don’t waste your budget on help wanted ads. First Institute can match you with one of our highly trained graduates. To learn more, contact Career Services at


What Employers are Saying

“Massage therapy is in-demand right now. We’re hiring because we have the demand.”


Tricosi Salon & Spa


Cassandra, Tricoci Salon & Spa

Employers are looking to hire First Institute graduates right now.

“[Massage therapy] is a career where you’re genuinely helping people. And I think the best massage therapists absolutely have that.”


Owner - Elements Salon


Suzanne, Owner – Elements Massage

At First Institute, you can train for a rewarding career. Hands-on training helps you make a real difference in the lives of others.