Cornell University

Strategies

The strategies used to find short-term positions are the same as for a permanent job, but the following considerations may influence which opportunities you pursue.

Assess what you would like to achieve through your short-term experience. Will you gain more career-related knowledge through a longer-term opportunity or through two or more shorter-term situations?

Evaluate commitment expectations by the organization. If, for example, a position includes a nine-month training program and you are planning to work for only a year, then this is not an appropriate position. Also, be prepared to respond to an interviewer’s question about your long-term career goals and how the position would fit in.

Consider financial constraints. If you participate in an internship or volunteer, you may need an additional part-time job to support yourself.