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Job and Internship Resources

A successful job search involves using a variety of resources and strategies. Students secure positions by participating in on-campus recruiting (OCR) activities, applying for opportunities in Handshake and on company websites, and networking with employers, alumni, and people in their field of interest.

Before applying for opportunities, use the Career Development Toolkit 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 and 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.

Job Search Module

The Job Search module in the Career Development Toolkit will help you build a foundation of understanding to begin the process.


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.

Mergent Intellect

Mergent Intellect provides a comprehensive company profile which includes company description, history, products, and financials. You can also search by industry (e.g., health care, manufacturing, finance, transportation, etc.) to identify top companies.

Cornell Engineering Post Graduate Reports

Want to know what companies hire students from your major? Check out The College of Engineering Post Graduate Report. 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 and 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's jobs/internship database)

Search and apply for positions in Handshake posted by employers seeking Cornell talent. Learn more about how to effectively use Handshake.

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 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.

Experience Cornell

Experience Cornell allows you to search and apply for hundreds of opportunities both on an off campus. You can find information about research, internships, academic programs, experiential programs, on campus jobs, and more.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Program. You can search for opportunities by subject area, or by using 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!

Biotech Careers

Interested in a career in biotech? Use the resources on the Biotech Careers website to learn about job areas within biotech (e.g., biofuels, biomanufacturing, biomaterials, cell culture, medical devices, medical diagnostics, etc,); view biotech employers in specific states, the U.S., 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.

Computing and Coding Careers

Women in Computing at Cornell offer career development, networking, and community building opportunities to foster the technical and leadership growth of women and allies at Cornell.

Internship Programs for First-Years and 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 the downloadable Excel file, Internships for First Year Students, found on our Resources page. This is not an exhaustive list of all companies that offer these types of opportunities.

Employer Websites

Not all employers participate in Cornell's On-Campus Recruiting program and/or post positions in Handshake. 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 module in the Career Development Toolkit 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 the Networking module in the Career Development Toolkit to see how you can start building or continue expanding your professional network.

Resources for International Students

Subscribe to CU INTL Career for career-related information and job opportunities in and outside the U.S. for Cornell international students.

Know Your Employment Rights

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