Cornell University

Our Services

We look forward to working with your student in Cornell Career Services! At the links below you will find an introduction to the programs and services we offer in the following areas:

Advising and Counseling

Career Counseling
In-depth assistance is provided for students who want to clarify career direction or determine occupations of interest. In addition, career advisors specializing in a wide range of areas of interest are available.

Workshops
Programs to assist with career planning, developing job-search skills, and applying for graduate and professional education are offered regularly. The basic job-search series covers resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job-search strategies, summer jobs, and internships.

Job-Search Advising
Professional advisors offer assistance with career planning and the job search.

Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
In addition to the information available on preparing these documents, a career or student advisor will review the content and presentation of resumes and job-search correspondence.

Interview Preparation
We offer a wide range of assistance in preparing for interviews, including simulated interviews, in which verbal and nonverbal communication skills are critiqued.

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Career Information Services

Career Libraries
A comprehensive collection of books, directories, job bulletins, and audio and videotapes is available to help students research career options and identify potential employers. The main library is located in 103 Barnes Hall, and each college office maintains a smaller collection of college-specific materials.

Employer Information
Annual reports, company literature and profiles, videotapes, and brochures supplied by organizations that recruit on campus help students research employers and prepare for interviews.

E-mail Communication
Students should register with our information system, Cornell Handshake, and indicate their career interests in their student profile. We will then send targeted notifications of events and opportunities on- and off-campus, such as alumni panels, networking events, special skill-building programs hosted by employers, employer receptions, etc.

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Job-Search Services

Resume and Cover Letter Assistance
In addition to the information available on preparing these documents, a career or student advisor will review the content and presentation of resumes and job-search correspondence.

Interview Preparation
We offer a wide range of assistance in preparing for interviews, including simulated interviews, in which verbal and nonverbal commmunication skills are critiqued.

Jobs for Cornellians
A listing of jobs exclusively for Cornell students is updated daily, providing job descriptions and application information for regional, national, and international employers.

Summer Jobs and Internships
Short-term positions—on campus, elsewhere in Ithaca, or away from campus—that can help students clarify career options and gain valuable career-related experience are posted.

On-Campus Recruiting
Over 650 employers, primarily from the corporate sector, visit campus each year to conduct interviews with students for summer and full-time employment.

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Other Employment Services

Employer Information Sessions
Employers organize sessions to introduce students to their companies, usually in conjunction with an on-campus recruiting visit. The sessions provide a forum for job seekers to meet potential employers and for undergraduates to learn more about a particular employer or career field.

Employer Career Fairs
Career fairs offer on-campus forums to gather information, develop networks, and meet employers from a variety of sectors, including corporate, environmental, and not-for-profit.

New York Recruiting Consortium
Employers representing banking and finance, consulting, retail, advertising, law, and various other fields interview Arts and Sciences and Human Ecology students in New York City in January.

Communications Consortium
Employers from a variety of career fields within the communications industry interview students from Cornell and four other colleges in April.

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Graduate and Professional School Advising

Advising and Programs
Services are offered on the graduate school application process, including personal essays, exam study guides, sample admissions tests, and registration materials for national tests. Directories of graduate study are also available.

Graduate and Professional School Days
Representatives from over 150 schools offer information and advice on programs of study and application procedures during Graduate and Professional School Day and Law School Day in October.

Credentials Service
Files can be established to maintain confidential letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other appropriate materials. Contents of the files can be sent later in support of applications for employment or admission to graduate or professional school.

Health Careers
Advising, resources, and orientation sessions for students pursuing careers in human medicine, veterinary medicine, and health-related professions are provided. Students who are applying to schools of human medicine and who complete the Health Careers Evaluation Committee (HCEC) process will have a letter of evaluation sent to admissions committees on their behalf.

Legal Careers
Advising and programs are offered on the application process, including personal statements. Resources include survey information on Cornellians at U.S. law schools and statistics on where Cornellians apply with acceptances/denials.

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Connecting Students with Alumni and Other Career "Specialists"

Shadowing Programs
Cornell alumni and friends (including family members) host students in the workplace during semester breaks to give an insider's view of a career field as part of the Cornell Extern Program, FRESH, and the ILR Freshman Extern Program and WISP Program. The Extern Program offers over 800 opportunities representing a wide range of occupations to all undergraduate students.

Information Interviews
The Cornell Alumni Mentor Network is an online resource that enables students to obtain career advice from alumni and other professionals working in diverse fields. Students are also encouraged to conduct information interviews in person during semester breaks. Let us know if you are interested in participating.

Alumni Forums
Alumni participate in career panels, career days, on-campus recruiting, employer career fields, and information sessions to help students establish contacts and learn about specific career fields.

Senior Women-Alumnae Dinners
Cornell alumnae meet with upperclass students in New York City, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia over winter break to discuss the transition from university to workplace and other topics related to life after Cornell.

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