Do you dream of starting your own business or becoming a professor and inspiring others? Do you want to work for an NGO and change the world or improve people's lives through health-care discoveries? Maybe you think you'd make a great government leader, lawyer, philosopher, economist or computer scientist. Maybe you're not sure of your path, but you have some subjects that interest you.
Arts & Sciences Career Development offers various career development tools and services to help liberal arts students define and pursue their goals. We are available to meet with students from first-years to seniors to discuss career exploration, job search strategies and communication with employers, including resume reviews and practice interviews. Career interest and skill assessment tools are available via individual career counseling appointments.
*Please note that some of our counselors work remotely throughout the week. Below are the days of the week that all appointments with your preferred counselor will be via Zoom.*
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm
Appointments are available from 9:00am - 4:00pm. If you cannot find an appointment time that works with your schedule, we encourage you to utilize same day appointments (see below).
172 Goldwin Smith Hall
Career Development staff
Same Day Appointments
For Fall 2023, we offer same day meetings. These appointments are are 15-minute meetings with a career counselor for support with internship/job searches, resumes, cover letters, or any other quick question or concern. Please note that we only hold Same Day appointments while classes are in session.
Students can sign up for a virtual same-day appointment slot starting at 8:45am each day and up to the time of the appointment slot. For example, if it is 10:44am and there is a slot available at 10:45am, a student can sign up for the 10:45am slot.
Notes on scheduling:
- Students must schedule via Bookings for Same Day appointments.
- If there are no times listed on the Bookings page, then all of the Same Day appointment slots have been reserved for that day. If there are no open slots, please try again the following day.
- Same Day appointments may be virtual or in-person. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to join if you choose virtual.
Same Day Appointments hours:
- Monday-Friday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
- There are two Resume Review appointments: initial and follow up.
- The “Resume Review, initial appointment” is for a first look at a resume. We recommend this for first year students, students submitting resumes for student organizations, or any other student or alum who would like an introductory resume review. The appointment may be with a Student Career Advisor or a career counselor. Appointments with a Student Career Advisor will be in-person only.
- The “Resume Review, follow up” appointment is for those who have had an initial appointment and have made revisions to their resume, and would like a second (or third or fourth) review. Follow up appointments will be with career counselors only.
- Cover letters may also be reviewed during a resume review, and vice versa.
- Students may also schedule a Same Day appointment for a resume review.
Resources and appointment policy
In order to use services and resources offered by A&S Career Development, students must be currently matriculated and enrolled in courses at the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Students are limited to ONE appointment per day and no more than TWO appointment per week unless otherwise approved by one of our counselors. Any appointments in excess of this policy are subject to cancellation.
- Alumni who have graduated from A&S within the last 5 years may meet with our staff members in person, or via video chat.
- We will, on occasion, meet with current students from other colleges; these appointments are arranged on a case-by-case basis.
Practice interview policy
In addition to regular appointments, students may also schedule practice interviews with staff members in our office.
- Both behavioral and case practice interviews are available.
- For behavioral practice interviews, students should submit a copy of a resume and a job description for a position of interest.
Recruiting, employer communication and interview policy
Students who are participating in on-campus recruiting and interviewing at Cornell must familiarize themselves with the policies as outlined by Cornell University Career Services, especially policies applying to cancelling interviews, reneging on offers, falsifying information, and best practices for approaching employers. Further, we do not release contact information for alumni or recruiters for career-related purposes without their explicit permission to do so.
Students participating in LinkedIn or career-related communication via social media are expected to adhere to the NACE standards for professional practice.
Resources for Faculty and Staff
Arts & Sciences students are uniquely positioned for many careers, yet they may not know how to best present their liberal arts background to employers. This is where Career Development can help. Our office is the first port of call for the English major headed for hospital administration or the sociology major thinking about environmental law, as well as any other combination of major and career. Students are encouraged to get to know Career Development staff early on in their time at Cornell.
In addition to what you find on the Career Development pages of this website, here are more resources that faculty and department staff can recommend as you advise students:
- Handshake: Cornell’s online recruiting system where employers post jobs and internships. Learn about current job openings, internship opportunities, and employers attending career fairs. Contact A&S Career Development for a faculty username and password.
- Alumni networking events are offered both on and off campus. Students may check Handshake or ask A&S Career Development for details.
- Career Fairs
- Careers After Cornell: Post-graduate survey results
- Student Employment will help students looking for on-campus jobs during the academic year.
- Cornell Career Services faculty page: Information on credentials and recommendations, competitive fellowships, and other resources.
Here are some simple ways to connect your students with Arts & Sciences Career Development
- Invite Arts & Sciences Career Development staff to speak to your class for 10 minutes. We’ll briefly discuss how your field of study is relevant to various careers (with examples), share a few internship or job opportunities and talk about how Career Development can help. We’ll keep the discussion broad enough that non-Arts & Sciences students in the class will benefit as well.
- Keep our Career Development materials, including employment data, in your office and hand them out during office hours.
- Schedule a meeting with us to talk about how to assist your students in their career planning.
Please contact us if you know someone who wants to hire our students!