Below is my current resume, as of Spring 2020                                                                   


                                                                   Zain Bando

4940 Wallbank Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515 | (630)-340-0131 |


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

May 2022   Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Major GPA: 3.48/4.00


Fighting Illini Productions – Champaign, IL                                                                           September 2018-Present

BTN Student U Crew Member and Play-by-Play/Color Commentator

  • Managed the scorebox for 14 Illinois athletic events, including men’s basketball, wrestling, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and gymnastics, on the BTN+ streaming service
  • Communicated with producers and broadcast partners to ensure that events ran smoothly during the pre-game, gameplay and postgame of the event, as well as to build on-air chemistry and compare notes
  • Built graphics for each team that Illinois played, which included ranking, record and jersey color to reflect accuracy
  • Announced two games for BTN+; one in women’s softball, the other in women’s basketball


WPGU 107.1 Champaign, IL                                                                                                November 2018-Present

Social Media Manager for “Rollin’ Illini” Radio Show

  • Ran Facebook and Twitter accounts for the radio show, live-tweeting show topics and notable quotes from guests
  • Collaborated with the Illinois Wheelchair Basketball and Track Facebook accounts to promote events
  • Appeared as an occasional co-host for the radio show

FanSided Remote                                                                                                                           May 2019-Present

Freelance Mixed Martial Arts Writer

  • Wrote 24 articles for the UFC and Bellator subcategories of the FanSided MMA page
  • Communicated with editors through Slack to discuss pitches and edit stories

Perma-Seal Basement Systems Burr Ridge, IL                                                                               July-August 2019

Call Center Agent

  • Confirmed appointments for clients using VOIP dial and Salesforce software, handled cancellations through Slack
  • Persuaded doubtful clients to stay with Perma-Seal services, utilizing sales techniques and current deals


Beckwith Residential Support ServicesChampaign, IL                                                             August 2018-Present

Personal Assistant Manager

  • Managed team of 15 different personal assistants to help with my activities and daily living
  • Used GroupMe to schedule shifts with PA staff
  • Enforced personal expectations for all assistants
  • Provided constructive feedback to PA staff in end-of-year evaluations



Illinois Sports Consulting AgencyChampaign, IL                                                                December 2019-Present

Vice President of Corporate Relations

  • Recruit potential clients to start partnerships and improve their sports agencies

Disability Rights, Education, Activism & Mentoring Chapter at UIUC Champaign, IL        December 2019-Present

General Member

  • Empower people to have a better understanding of the disability community at the University of Illinois through discussion-based platforms and readings by renowned disabled writers

Disability Student Advisory CouncilChampaign, IL                                                                 August 2018-Present

Council Member

  • Provide feedback on how to make the Beckwith Residential Support Services a better program for students with disabilities