Job and Internship Resources
A successful job search involves using a variety of resources and strategies. Cornell Engineering students secure positions by participating in on-campus recruiting (OCR) activities, applying for opportunities posted in Handshake and on company websites, and networking with employers, alumni, and people in their field of interest.
Before applying for opportunities, use the Applications & Interviews Workbook to determine what you need and want in a position, identify what sets you apart from other candidates, and understand why you would be a great fit for an organization.
Research & Identify Employers of Interest
Once you have an understanding of the types of industries, organizations, and positions you wish to target, use the resources below to conduct further research and identify additional employers in your field of interest.
Buzzfile provides detailed company information for millions of U.S. businesses. Search for companies based on your major (or intended major) and further narrow down your search by geographic location.
Hoover’s Online provides comprehensive company profiles which include company description, history, products, and financials. You can also search by industry (e.g. health care, manufacturing, finance, transportation, etc.) to identify top companies. Use the “Build a List” feature to filter for companies meeting specific criteria such as industry, size, sales, location, and more. Use the “Competitors List” to identify additional companies in your field of interest that likely have similar job opportunities.
Cornell Engineering Post Graduate Reports
Want to know what companies hire students from your major? Check out The College of Engineering Post Graduate Reports to see which organizations hire Cornell Engineers with your degree. Reports include employer name, job title, location, and salary statistics. Also included is information on graduate institutions, degrees, and disciplines. Reports are separated by degree level and major.
Search & Apply for Opportunities
Ready to apply for jobs, internships, and co-ops? Use the resources below to review position descriptions and instructions on how to submit applications.
Handshake (Cornell University's jobs database)
Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Entrepreneurship at Cornell is a diverse, university-wide program that finds and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in participants from every college, every field, and in every stage of life. The Entrepreneurship at Cornell team nurtures and supports each student entrepreneur's dream of moving a great idea into a tangible start-up business through collaborative programming, business plan competitions, and other events. Interested in joining a startup? Check out available job opportunities, internships, and join the Entrepreneurship at Cornell listserv to learn more.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. You can search for opportunities by subject area, or by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Visit Engineering Learning Initiatives for more information on undergraduate research, and additional summer research opportunities.
Pathways to Science (STEM Research & Internship Opportunities; Graduate School Resources)
Search 1500+ paid research and internship opportunities in STEM. Narrow your search by level of study (e.g. first-year, sophomore...graduate student, etc.), discipline, and geographic location (region and/or state). Check out additional resources on scholarships, short-term opportunities, applying to graduate school, writing personal statements, funding graduate school, and more!
Interested in a career in biotech? Use the resources on the biotech careers site to learn about job areas within biotech (e.g. biofuels, biomanufacturing, biomaterials, cell culture, medical devices, medical diagnostics); view biotech employers in specific states, the US, or the world; apply to biotech internships; learn biotech terms; and hear from people who work in biotech companies.
Environmental Career Opportunities (ECO)
ECO jobs provides access to intern and full-time opportunities in a number of environmental fields, including renewable energy, natural resources & conservation, environmental law & policy, and more. Select the ECO jobs link to view instructions on how to log in using Cornell's account information.
Internship Programs for First-Years & Sophomores (and other specific populations)
Some employers in engineering, computer science, finance, and consulting have designed internship programs for first-year students and other populations (e.g. first generation; women; LGBTQ; traditionally underrepresented populations in engineering disciplines, etc.). View the list of companies in this downloadable Excel. This is not an exhaustive list of all companies that offer these types of opportunities.
Not all employers participate in Cornell's On-Campus Recruiting program and/or post positions in Cornell's Handshake database. If you are interested in an employer and they do not recruit at Cornell, visit their website and search for opportunities on their careers or jobs page. Refer to the "Networking" section of the Engineering Career Services website to learn tips for connecting with individuals at your companies of interest.
Reaching out and building relationships with individuals working in your field of interest is an important part of your job search strategy. Most employers prefer informal and personal methods of identifying employees, and believe personal contacts result in more in-depth and accurate information. Review our networking resources to see how you can start building or continue expanding your professional network.
Resources for International Students
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