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For Current and Prospective Students

Current Cornell Tech Students

This page is for current CT students and features resources and roles posted for them. 

CT Careers for Current Students

Prospective Students - MBA and Technical Programs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following is a list of questions commonly asked by prospective students. Career Management team supports MBAs and all students in Technical Programs. Career support for LLM and PhD students is provided by appropriate offices on Ithaca campus.

What career support does CT offer?

The goal of the Career Management office at Cornell Tech is to provide our students with targeted services that enable students to realize their post-graduation career goal and learn lifelong career management skills. By partnering with career management students are able to:

  1. Maximize access to potential employers
  2. Prepare for recruiting and become marketable via 'learn by doing' activities (e.g., extensive interview practicing)
  3. Expand understanding of the landscape of available career paths

The Career Management team drives all full time and internship recruiting operations at CT – from curating employers that come to our campus to providing one on one career pathing, interview practicing, topical boot camps and resume reviews.

The Career Management team is staffed with former industry practitioners who have first hand experience interviewing for technical and business roles. In addition to practice sessions with Career Management staff, students have an opportunity to hone their interviewing skills with alumni and industry practitioners from large companies and startups.

The relationship with the Career Management team extends well beyond graduation for our students – the team offers support for alumni seeking to change career paths.

Does your recruiting cycle coincide with that at Cornell University in Ithaca or do you run your own recruiting cycle?

We’re a part of Cornell University and while we run our own career services, we’re aligned with the timeline and processes of the Ithaca-based schools at Cornell. In addition to attending Cornell Tech recruiting events, our students can also participate in Ithaca-based career fairs and other events.

Do Cornell Tech students have access to Cornell University’s alumni and resources in addition to Cornell Tech alumni?

Yes, being a part of Cornell University means that our students have access to alumni database and any other resource available to Ithaca-based students.

What does the on campus recruiting process look like?

The recruiting process varies by company and often the timing is driven by scale of recruiting. In general, large to mid-sized companies recruit in the fall semester for full time jobs and late fall through spring semester for summer internships. Startups and smaller companies most often do ‘just in time’ hiring as they don’t have the ability to commit to hiring ahead of time. Therefore, much of startup hiring happens in late Spring. The advantage of Cornell Tech is that we will be bringing a number of start-up and mature companies to the campus for tech talks and networking events, thus allowing you to get exposure to them early on and get ahead of the recruiting cycle. The following describes a typical recruiting process for large to mid-sized companies:

For 1 Year Programs (Full Time Recruiting)

  • The on campus recruiting typically begins in September with companies coming to campus to deliver tech talks during which they show case projects they work on and professional opportunities available to students, talk about their company’s culture and specific roles for students.
  • The next step is full-time interviews, which take place in mid September – early December. The interviews vary in format and length but typically include several rounds and test business (MBA) and technical acumen (technical programs) as well as communications skills and cultural fit. The career management team will run a number of interview prep sessions (mock interviews) to get you prepared. Typically, the companies extend their offers a few days after the final round of the interviews (the interviews take place in NYC, via video conference or on company's premises). Before the offer expiration date, some companies invite students with offers on an all paid trip to their location to help the students to get to know their company (these are known as "sell days”).
  • Separate from the above on campus interviews, CT Career Management team runs a Fall and Spring semester blitz interview events during which students and companies are matched based on mutual preferences. During these events, which take place on CT’s campus, companies interview students.

For 2 Year Programs (Internships)

  • The internship process is similar to the full-time process described above – but the timeline is different. Typically, companies will conduct their presentation focused on the internship opportunities either as part of their full-time presentations in the Fall or will come to the campus for a specialized internship presentation in early winter/spring. The internship interviews take place over the course of January – April and offers are extended shortly after the final round. 

What types of companies recruit on campus? 

The companies that recruit at Cornell Tech represent a range of industries within and outside of the tech space. We have a balanced mix of tech and non-tech companies that come to campus and which seek to hire students from all programs. Historically, most of our students pursued roles in tech, therefore, we have not had a presence of investment banks/buy or sell side research firms or corporate finance functions that recruit for traditional investment banking or finance roles.

Every year the Career Management team surveys incoming students to gauge their interests and which informs targeted employer outreach.

Please see the employment statistics section for examples of companies and roles secured by CT’s graduates.

Do only tech companies recruit at Cornell Tech?

The companies that recruit at Cornell Tech represent a range of industries within and outside of the tech space. We have a balanced mix of tech and non-tech companies that come to campus and which seek to hire students from all programs. Historically, most of our students pursued roles in tech, therefore, we have not had a presence of investment banks/buy or sell side research firms or corporate finance functions that recruit for traditional investment banking or finance roles.

How can I find more about recruiting opportunities on Ithaca’s campus?

Please see links to Cornell University's career services and the Johnson School: Cornell University’s career servicesJohnson School, Cornell University Law School Career Services.