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This page offers resources for connecting with employers; however, the most effective job search begins with a plan. Make an appointment today to work with a career advisor to create a plan tailored to your goals. Arts & Sciences staff can also talk with you about marketing your liberal arts education to employers.

The experience you gain through student organizations (including sororities & fraternities), service work, research, athletics, and employment will help you determine what you like and don't like.  Through these experiences you will further develop the skills employers are most interested in such as communication, teamwork and initiative.

Opportunities to consider:

  • Cornell in Hollywood: summer positions in entertainment, law, and more. Strong alumni networking component included.
  • Cornell-Nepal Study Program: 9-week undergraduate summer village-based service learning program.
  • Develop Your Own Internships: for students eligible for Federal Work-Study money.
  • Additional Internship Programs: designed specifically for or which are especially suitable for Cornell students.
  • Cornell Summer Programs
  • Special Academic Opportunities: build experience.
  • INROADS — recruits students of color with a B or better average for pre-professional internship opportunities.
  • SEO — recruits and trains outstanding college students of color for summer internships that lead to full-time jobs with investment banks, corporate law firms and other leading global companies.
  • Urban Interns – opportunities with fast-growing companies
  • Recruiting Events

  • The New York Recruiting Consortium: employers representing banking and finance, consulting, retail, advertising, law, and various other fields. They interview Arts & Sciences and Human Ecology students for internships in New York City in January.
  • More events
  • Additional Resources:

  • CCNet: designed to help students find internships as well as jobs.
  • View thousands of online internship listings through The Internship Series and EcoJobs.
  • Cornell Student Employment Services: student jobs and internships on the Cornell Campus or in Ithaca or Tompkins County.
  • Summer Experience Survey: CU student reports on past summer jobs.
  • Career libraries here at A&S Career Services, at 103 Barnes, and across the university. To get started, utilize the library-specific searchable database. You can also search this database for summer fellowships (e.g. "fellowship summer" or "fellowship freshman")
  • Browse the Internship Section of our library, which contains such useful resources as The National Directory of Arts Internships.
  • Cornell Career Services also offers tips and a timeline for obtaining an internship.

    Keep in mind that some prestigious or highly competitive internships, such as Time magazine, the U.S. Department of State, CIA, and some on-campus recruiting employers, will have application deadlines as early as October for summer opportunities.  It's important to start your search early, so you don't miss out on opportunities.  Check in with your Academic Advising Dean early in your sophomore year.

    The top 5 personal qualities/skills employers seek are:

    1. Ability to work in a team.
    2. Verbal communication skills
    3. Ability to make decisions and problem solve.
    4. Ability to obtain and process information
    5. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work

    According to National Association of College's and Employers' Job Outlook 2013 survey

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