Support and Resources for Fall 2020

While our physical office may be closed, the Center for Career Development is still here to support you. 

Wherever you're studying, you can access virtual advising, experiential opportunities, programs, guides, recruiting and more. The Center for Career Development serves Princeton undergraduate and graduate students of all years and interests.

Advising

Career advisers are available for virtual appointments with undergraduate and graduate students — even during academic breaks. You can make an appointment anytime in Handshake.

Is your office at 36 University Place (above the U-Store) open?

Our office will remain closed until further notice. All appointments and events will be conducted virtually.

How do I meet with an adviser?

You can make a virtual appointment with an adviser using Handshake. Appointments will be conducted by Zoom or phone. If you can't find an appointment please email careerdevelopment@princeton.edu for help scheduling.

Will there still be drop-in sessions for undergraduate students?

Drop-ins, which are 15-minute advising sessions that do not require an appointment, will be available during the fall. Students can find the links to log in to drop-in appointments in Handshake. 

From Mon., Aug. 31 to Fri., Sept. 11, all advising for undergraduate students will be virtual drop-ins from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST every weekday. Since fall is a very busy time, this will make it easier for students to meet with a career adviser. 

Scheduled appointments will resume Mon., Sept. 14.

What are common appointment topics?

Common topics for undergraduates include:

  • Career exploration
  • Networking
  • Internship, job and fellowship search strategies
  • Interview preparation
  • Resume, cover letter, personal statement reviews
  • Developing graduate school plans and application reviews  

Common topics for graduate students include:

  • Exploring career options for Ph.D.'s
  • Networking
  • Creating and revising CVs, resumes and cover letters
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Refining communications and networking skills
How do I meet with a Peer Career Adviser (PCA)?

PCAs are students trained by the Center for Career Development to help fellow students with applications, resumes and cover letters, explore opportunities and share advice. As students themselves, they can offer perspective having gone through similar experiences.

PCAs host events throughout the year and are also available for one-on-one appointments. You can schedule an appointment with a PCA in Handshake starting in September.


Alumni-sponsored Opportunities

In addition to programs and workshops throughout the year, alumni volunteer to help students in their career development in many ways. 

Several alumni are also available for career chats to offer you insight into different career paths and help you start to develop your own network.

We also maintain a list of jobs and internships recommended or posted by alumni in Handshake


Guides and Resources

Check our guides and resources pages for information on common career development topics including interviews, networking, applying to graduate or law school, funding opportunities, resumes/cover letters and more.  

Graduate students can find additional materials on our Graduate Students Resources page


Campus Recruiting Program

For the 2020-21 academic year, all recruiting activities – information sessions, coffee chats, career fairs, interviews and more – will be virtual.

What is campus recruiting?

Campus recruiting gives students the opportunity to attend information sessions, employer-led career education programs and interviews for internships and full-time positions without leaving campus. Information sessions are held throughout campus and interviews are held in the Center for Career Development (above the U-Store).

For the 2020-21 academic year, all campus recruiting activities – information sessions, coffee chats, career fairs, interviews and more – will be virtual.

Who can participate?

All currently enrolled Princeton undergraduate and graduate students can participate in the campus recruiting program. Before participating, please read our Community Standards for Recruiting for policies and procedures. Please note that in order to be considered for an interview, you have to apply to its respective position through Handshake and be selected by the employer.

How do I find information sessions and internship/job postings that are part of the campus recruiting program?

Information sessions are regularly being added in Handshake, and internship/job postings associated with the campus recruiting program will be visible and open for applications beginning Aug. 17, 2020.

Not all internship/job postings listed in Handshake are part of the campus recruiting program

Will you still be holding HireTigers Career Fairs?

Yes! The largest recruiting event of the year, the Fall HireTigers Career Fair brings together students, alumni and employers for networking and career conversations.

Students will have the chance to meet alumni and representatives from organizations interested in recruiting for full-time employment and summer internships. Undergraduate and graduate students of all years are welcome.

This event will be completely virtual and conducted through Handshake over two days (Thurs., Sept. 10 and Fri., Sept. 11). The employers will be different each day, and and we encourage you to register for both days.  

Student registration opens Mon., Aug. 24. Once registration opens, you can sign up for one-on-one and group employer sessions in advance of the fair. 

Please keep checking this page for updates as new employers added regularly. 

Learn more and prepare for the fair with these FAQs.

I don't see anything that is part of campus recruiting that interests me. Is that all there is?

There's plenty more opportunities! Not all organizations or industries participate in campus recruiting and they often post positions and hire closer to start dates than many organizations that come to campus in the fall. Here are a few resources that have opportunities in multiple fields:

How do I get some assistance in coming up with a plan, understanding what opportunities are out there and how to pursue them?

Read our campus recruiting tips and Community Standards for Recruiting for more information pages for more information. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to recruit@princeton.edu or schedule an appointment with a career adviser in Handshake.


Students on Leave

The Center for Career Development can provide students with advice about possible career advancement and potential opportunities during their time away from Princeton.

During leave, students can continue to access Handshake to find job and internship postings and register for workshops. Students can also use Handshake to schedule advising appointments, but should keep in mind that enrolled students will receive priority for appointments, and students on leave may have a longer wait to meet with an adviser.

Please note that there are some select opportunities that are not available to students on leave. For specific questions, check with a Center for Career Development adviser.

 


Programs and Workshops

We're offering virtual events for undergraduate and graduate students. More information and the Zoom links are available in Handshake.