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Finding Jobs

If you are curious about what internships and jobs fit your interests and skills, the following resources can be particularly helpful for graduate students.

On-Campus Recruiting: Handshake

Handshake is a portal for accessing internship and job postings, employer information sessions, and a range of other online services brought to you by Cornell Career Services. Complete your Student Profile to receive targeted messages from Cornell Career Services about career fields and programs of interest to you.

Additional internship opportunities for graduate students and recent alumni include:

GRADUATE STUDENT INTERNSHIPS

AAAS Science & Engineering Mass Media Fellowship This 10-week internship places science and engineering students in internship positions at media outlets…..

Careers by Keyword Searches

If you know what topics or skills might be of interest to you in your future career but you’re not sure what the career is called, conduct a keyword search using these resources.

O*Net
This database through the U.S. Department of Labor permits individuals to search for job titles and industries by keyword searches for abilities, interests, skills, knowledge, work activities, work context, and work values—as well as for specific tools or software.

LinkedIn
Are you unsure what people do after getting a graduate degree?  Just do an advanced LinkedIn search by typing in keywords such as “Cornell” “PhD” and any other key words of interest, such as your graduate field or skills you’re interested in using. This can be a very helpful approach to understand career paths of individuals with graduate degrees, to find job titles for the skills you’re interested in using, or even to identify people to contact for informational interviews.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account or are getting limited results, just go to Google and type in keywords such as “LinkedIn, MA, anthropology, Cornell”: anyone who has a publicly available LinkedIn profile with these keywords will appear.

Careers by Discipline

Learn more generally about careers that are available for graduate students in a particular discipline.

VersatilePhD
This website includes online discussion forums on a wide range of careers—such as policy analysis, university administration, management consulting—and includes job postings. 

Science Careers
This resource, which is from the journal Science, provides a wide range of information such as job listings, career profiles, and career advice for individuals in the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.

Chronicle of Higher Education
From job listings, opinion articles, blogs, forums, and advice columns, the Chronicle of Higher Education can be a helpful resource for understanding the job market (both within and outside of academia) and common issues that individuals face during a job search.

Professional Organizations
Discipline-based professional organizations
may have articles, networking events, job postings, or professional development events that can help you explore your career interests.  Some professional organizations have also published reports on the career outcomes of graduate-degree holders in their fields, including: the American Language Association, the American Historical Association, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society.

CCS Resources
For additional information about organizations, career fields, and other databases, please consult the Link Library or search for books in the career services libraries.

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Graduate Student Internships
  • AAAS Science & Engineering Mass Media Fellowship

    This 10-week internship places science and engineering students in internship positions at media outlets.

  • American Anthropological Association

    Search through this list of internship opportunities for anthropology students at a range of organizations.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Paid and unpaid internship opportunities are available to graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as science journalism, science policy, human rights, and marketing.

  • American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program

    Recent PhD students from humanities and social science fields are placed in two-year staff positions in government and non-profit organizations.

  • American Evaluation Association Diversity Internship

    The Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program provides paid internship and training opportunities during the academic year. The GEDI program works to engage and support students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation. Interns may come from a variety of disciplines including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Interns work about two days weekly at a site near their home institutions. Stipend and deadline early June.

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society Summer Internships

    10-week science policy internships are available to graduate students who are AISES members.

  • American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

    Unpaid internships are available to graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of business and economics, foreign and domestic policy, and society, culture and politics

  • American Society for Microbiology Communications and Marketing Fellowships

    The American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) Department of Communications and Marketing Strategy has an opening for an ASM Headquarters Fellow. The department provides a variety of communication services for the Society including press relations, public outreach and centralized marketing functions. The fellow will focus on public outreach and increasing member involvement in public outreach.

  • Atlantic Council of the United States

    Internships are available for individuals interested in international affairs and global challenges.

  • BookJobs.Com

    Internship postings are available in the publishing field for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

    This article contains internship and non-academic job resources for humanities, social science, physical science, engineering, and life science fields.

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Public Policy and Graduate Fellowship

    This 9-month fellowship offers up to 20 talented Latinos from across the country the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the national level in the public policy area of their choice with the General Public Policy or the Graduate Fellowship.

  • Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship

    Graduate students in business, law, policy, and education fields can participate in this 10-week summer internship to consult on a mission-critical project at a school district, charter school network, nonprofit or other leading education organization.

  • Flagship VentureLabs Fellows Program

    These are graduate student internship opportunities. The Flagship VentureLabs® Fellows program provides an opportunity for graduating students to gain hands-on experience in Flagship VentureLabs' approach to company conception, innovation and entrepreneuring. Fellowships are in summer and fall with rolling deadlines. Stipend.

  • Health Resources and Services Administration Graduate Student Epidemiology Program

    Participate in a paid, 12-week project in a state or local health department in areas of data analysis and monitoring, needs assessment, and program evaluation.

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Internship Program

    HACU internships, based in the Washington DC area, are available in a range of fields; they are open to all students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and are eligible to work in the United States.

  • Insight Data Science Fellows Program

    Participate in this intensive, six-week postdoc training fellowship to bridge the gap between academia and data science.

  • InterAction

    Unpaid internships are posted here for positions at major non-profit alliances.

  • Internships.com

    National Internship Database, searchable by city.

  • Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellowship at Art Museums

    9-12 month fellowship opportunities for individuals with a background in art history, art education, studio art, or museum studies.

  • LinkedIn

    Search LinkedIn for internship postings in any field and at any organization.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Graduate Internships

    Apply for a paid internship in areas such as art, design, education, digital media, library science, and scientific research.

  • National Endowment for the Arts

    Unpaid internship opportunities in the Arts Endowment Office are available year-round.

  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory Graduate Internship Program

    Internship research opportunities are available to graduate students in engineering, astronomy, physics, mathematics, and computer science fields who are in the early years of their graduate program.

  • New Scientist Jobs

    Internship listings are available primarily in the health and life science industries.

  • NIH Summer Internship Program

    This competitive summer biomedical research internship program is open to domestic and international students.

  • Pathways Program

    The Pathways Programs offers federal internships to students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates.

  • Pathways to Science

    Search this resource for internship opportunities in science, engineering, technology, and math fields.

  • Population Reference Bureau Policy Communications Fellows Program

    This program is open to students from developing countries that are pursuing a doctoral degree. The goal of the program is to forge a connection between research findings and the policy development process.

  • Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

    Internships for graduate students are available at this non-profit science and technology policy think tank.

  • Presidential Management Fellows Program

    This competitive two-year fellowship for graduate-degree holders provides rotational opportunities in the federal government.

  • RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program

    National security and social policy internship opportunities are available to domestic and international graduate students who have completed at least two years of graduate work.

  • Science Careers

    Internship listings are available in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

  • Smithsonian

    Competitive internship and fellowship programs as well as externally peer reviewed grant programs bring students and scholars from universities, museums and research Institutes from the U.S. and abroad to the Smithsonian Institution to maximize the use and research potential of its vast collections and facilities.

  • STATtr@k

    Internship postings are available for graduate and undergraduate students with a statistical background.

  • The Brookings Institution

    Internship opportunities at this research organization are available in areas such as energy, economics, business, policy, and international affairs.

  • The Heritage Foundation Internship Program

    Internships are available to develop young conservative leaders in areas of foreign and domestic policy issues.

  • The National Wildlife Federation Ecology Fellowship Program

    The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellowship Program offers a nationally recognized opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future. Through tangible projects to green their campuses and communities, Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.

  • The White House Internship

    The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Spring, Summer, and Fall internships available.

  • U.S. Department of State

    U.S. Department of State Internships. Some student work in Washington, DC and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas.

  • U.S. Public Service Health System

    The Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Externship Program is available for graduate students who have completed at least one year of study in a medically related field (including engineering).

  • United Nations Headquarters Internship Program

    Unpaid internships at the United Nations are available for 2-6 months.

  • Vault

    Vault provides internship listings in a wide range of career fields.

  • WREI Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy

    For graduate students with a proven commitment to equity for women, WREI Fellows gain practical policy making experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August as Congressional legislative aides in Washington, D.C. Fellows receive stipends for tuition and living expenses.