About the A&S Career Development Office
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.
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 drop-in hours.
172 Goldwin Smith Hall
Virtual Same Day Drop-in Hours
For the fall semester, we plan to offer our same-day drop ins virtually over Zoom. 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 drop-ins while classes are in session.
Students can sign up for a virtual drop-ins slot starting at 8:45am each day and up to the time of the drop-in 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:
- If there are no times listed on the Calendly page, then all of the drop-in slots have been reserved for that day.
- Drop-ins will be virtual via Zoom. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to join.
- Students must schedule via Calendly for drop-ins. If there are no open slots, please try again the following day.
Virtual Drop-in/Quick Question hours: Monday-Friday 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Want to meet with a specific counselor during drop-in hours? Use the links below to schedule with them directly.
For students who are interested in a quick resume and cover letter review, we now offer 15-minute drop-in appointments led by our Student Career Advisors (SCAs). Below are times that the SCAs are available in the office to meet with students. If you would like to sign up ahead of time to let us know when you plan on stopping by, you can do so here. Appointments are not required, but recommended.
- Monday & Wednesday: 12:30pm-4:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am-1:30pm, 2:30pm-4:00pm
- Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm, 2:30pm-4:00pm
- Friday: 1:00pm-2:30pm
If you are unable to find a reasonable appointment time due to time zone discrepancies, we also accept submissions via email. Here's how to send in your materials:
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your documents attached.
NOTE: We can ONLY review documents that are in .doc or .docx format.
2. In your email, include information about for what you are applying and if there are any deadlines associated.
If you send a cover letter, please also include your resume.
3. A staff member will review your document(s) and respond with comments and suggestions within 3-4 business days.
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, via phone, 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.
ATTENDANCE POLICY AT ALUMNI AND EMPLOYER EVENTS
Relationships with alumni and employers are an important aspect of career development. As such, we hold our students to a strict attendance and cancellation policy.
- If you can no longer attend an event and fail to remove yourself from the event registration without sufficient notice (typically 24 hours prior to the event), a violation will be put on your Handshake account and you will be required to meet with a Career Services staff member to discuss the reason for the absence and necessary actions to rectify the situation.
- Two unexcused missed events will result in inability to register for events (including interviews) for one semester.
- Three unexcused missed events will result in the inability to register for events for a full academic year.
- Four or more unexcused missed events during the course of a student’s undergraduate career may result in loss of OCR access and/or Handshake privileges, and possible referral to the Judicial Administrator.
- Students who cancel within less than 24 hours before an event, or who fail to appear at an alumni-related event sponsored by our office (such as a Career Conversation, Office Hours appointment, or networking event) will have a label added to their Handshake profile making them ineligible to participate in on-campus recruiting, career conversations, office hours, or other A&S only alumni-student career networking events until the student meets with a staff member in A&S Career Development to discuss the absence.
- Students who fail to appear for a second time at an alumni-related event sponsored by our office must meet with someone in A&S Career Development and will be ineligible to participate in any A&S events with alumni, including career conversations, office hours, or other alumni-student networking events, for one semester following the date of the absence.
PRACTICE INTERVIEW POLICY
In addition to regular appointments, students may also schedule practice interviews with staff members in our office.
- These appointments must be made with at least two days of advanced notice.
- Students must return our Practice Interview Preparation form at least one business day prior to their appointment. Should students neglect to return these materials, their appointments will be rescheduled.
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
- Alumni Connections Program
- 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 Health Careers Evaluation Committee (HCEC).
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!