At times, your first job search can feel like a job in itself. There are résumés to update, portfolios to develop, contacts to make and interviews to nail, and all of this on top of your weekly coursework. Where to begin? The good news is Cornell University touts a wide range of career-development resources across campus to help guide you through each stage of the job hunt, from identifying your particular industry of interest all the way to signing an offer. To help get you started, we’ve included a few of these resources.

CIS MPS Career webpage – Start here with Computing and Information Science's dedicated Master of Professional Studies (MPS) career webpage, filled with practical information to help with job-search preparation for all Info Sci students. Find everything you'll need to ready a resume, perfect an elevator pitch, improve a portfolio, and nail job interviews. This great resource also includes helpful information for job-seeking international students.

CIS Career resources page – Are you an undergraduate Info Sci student? If so, your home College (Arts & Sciences, CALS, or College of Engineering) each has its own career service staffers and resources to help with your career search, whether it's fine-tuning your portfolio or connecting with other students on campus or alumni in industry.

Engineering's Career Center – For Info Sci graduate students, Cornell Engineering leads a robust Career Center staffed with exceptional facilitators to help you in all areas of professional development. And since Cornell Computing and Information Science is housed under the Engineering school, Information Science graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of this great resource. Keep tabs on upcoming career events and webinars and get started on self-guided career tutorials.

Handshake is the online recruiting platform that Cornell uses to connect employers with our talented students. Through this crucial database, students can view and apply to open positions or internship opportunities and find out which companies are planning a visit to Cornell. 

Student Associations within Info Sci – Do your career planning some good and join a student association. The Information Science Student Association does student mentoring, corporate recruiting, social meet-ups, and much more. Similar groups like Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC) and Cornell Under-represented Minorities in Computing (URMC) also host corporate events, tech talks, and workshops. Our graduate student network is also strong, with student associations housed in each of Computing and Information Science's three departments.

Info Sci MPS Facebook group – MPS students are encouraged to join up with fellow students and alums on this student- and alumni-run Facebook group. Have questions about the curriculum or about living in Ithaca? Connect with the Cornell MPS network here and ask away.  

CU ELinks – This university-wide platform promotes connections between students and alumni or friends of Cornell who are eager to share their knowledge and experiences. Big Red's alumni networks reaches far and wide. Use it!