Finding Employment

Cornell Handshake
Cornell Handshake provides access to essential Cornell Career Services resources.

Complete the optional online tutorial to learn how to use the system most effectively.

On Campus Recruiting
Students who wish to participate in Cornell’s on-campus recruiting program for jobs or internships must take the proper steps to use the system successfully. Please note that only about 20% of students find employment through this program. Many companies who recruit on campus are large organizations with the finances and resources to visit universities in this fashion. It is important for students to develop additional strategies to supplement their job search.

Important components of the OCR program are company presentations. Some presentations are open to all students while others are limited to those who have been pre-selected to interview with the company. If the presentation is open to the public, you are encouraged to attend. These sessions offer excellent opportunities to learn about various industries and to prepare you for future recruiting opportunities.

Networking through personal and family contacts, faculty connections, peers, and alumni is one of the most effective ways to find a job and to advance your professional career.

Career Fairs
Cornell Career Services (CCS) sponsors an annual two-day career fair in September that hosts approximately 200 employers, and an annual non-profit and government career fair in the spring. Cornell Career Fairs

Human Ecology offers workshops every semester to help students prepare for career fairs, including the presentation of important tips and individual resume critiques. Human Ecology calendar

New York Recruiting Consortium (NYRC)
Human Ecology seniors can interview in New York City in January for positions in New York. Many fields are represented, including medical research, law, consulting, finance, and retail. NYRC

Short-terms Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities can provide valuable experiences, help you gain skills or knowledge for a specific job, build your networking contacts, and enhance your competitive edge for a full-time position.

Fellowships are available for students wishing to pursue their academic studies or public sector service. They usually involve research, teaching or service. Cornell Fellowships Program

Research positions are available in a wide variety of fields and settings, including universities, research centers, and healthcare facilities. Human Ecology students pursue research in the social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, design, and technology.

Service and Teaching Positions are popular with many Human Ecology students, including the Peace Corps, City Year, AmeriCorps, Partners in Health, Teach for .America, NYC Teaching Fellows, and more.

Other methods for finding employment include employer websites, advertised openings through online services, targeted mailings, employment agencies, short-term employment opportunities, and volunteering opportunities.

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