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Churchill and Luce Scholarship Info Sessions

April 8, 2014 · No Comments · Scholarships



–U.S. citizenship required

–For rising and current seniors and recent grads in math, sciences, and engineering who want to study one (fully paid) year at Churchill College, Cambridge University

–Ages 19-26 may apply.  May be enrolled in a master’s program, but not a doctoral program, at the time of application

–Minimum GPA:  3.85 with significant research experience

For those who can’t attend, read more about the award at

and then contact the Fellowship Coordinator at to schedule an appointment.




 A one-year paid internship in Asia

–Restricted to U.S. citizens and to students with no significant exposure to Asia

–For rising and current seniors and recent grads (up to 30 years of age)

–Solid leadership experience

–Minimum GPA:  3.7

For those who can’t attend, read more about the award at

and then contact the Fellowship Coordinator at to schedule an appointment



Penn’s Combined VMD-PhD Program

April 7, 2014 · No Comments · General Career Info

Penn Vet

Rabbits help lower cholesterol. Cats may lead to a breakthrough in the AIDS epidemic. And dogs have taught doctors new heart surgery techniques. Even lobsters help scientists understand Parkinson’s disease. Since the turn of the century, animal research has helped wipe out such diseases as smallpox and polio while increasing the human lifespan by 28 years. Whether it’s fighting epilepsy, finding a cure for Alzheimer’s or making progress in brain and spinal cord trauma, the link between human health and animal health is absolutely crucial.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine provides an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinary scientists through our combined VMD-PhD program. It’s an excellent way for you to continue your education while impacting the future of medicine ­ for humans and all species.

Who knows what today’s research could do for future generations? Find out more by visiting






One-Day Externship Opportunity at Rich Products in Buffalo, NY

April 7, 2014 · No Comments · Look Who’s Hiring

Rich Products is a leading supplier and solutions provider to the foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces. The company is the world leader in non-dairy toppings, icings and other emulsions located in Buffalo, NY.

The organization is looking to set up a one-day externship program for approximately 5 Cornell juniors or seniors in late April/early May who are interested in finance, marketing, operations, or supply chain management, but other fields of interest within the company may be accommodated. The day will consist of various meetings for students to attend with Rich Associates who can talk about how they got into their current role and what they do in that role. Additional meetings could be arranged with either marketing or finance managers for different business units, (i.e. In Store Bakery, Food Service Division, International, etc.) or Human Resources to learn more about their roles and what they look for in potential candidates.

Resumes and a 1-2 paragraph description of your area of interest at Rich Products should be sent to Kristan Napier, International HR Specialist at:

Deadline for applications has been extended to: 4/11/2014

For more information on Rich Products check our website at:


Peer Advisor Spotlight: What is the Postgraduate Survey and what it can do for you

March 28, 2014 · No Comments · General Career Info, Peer Advisor Spotlight

Khelsi Clarke - 2013by Khelsi Clarke, CALS junior majoring in Information Science

If you are a senior, you are probably familiar with the Postgraduate Survey. If not, you should be! This short survey is available for all seniors to share what they plan to do after graduation. But how does the Postgraduate survey affect everybody else? Responding to the survey is extremely beneficial because, the CALS Career Development Office creates a variety of reports that all students can use from those responses. But, be assured, all your personal information is kept confidential and your information is only used for reporting purposes. Postgraduate Reports from the past 5 years (2008 – 2012) are available online so that you can compare information from year to year.

These detailed reports  are separated by major to give a clear idea of what a student can expect upon their own graduation depending on their academic interests. Some of the information made available in these reports includes salary information, geographic location of jobs, companies seniors are going to work for, and graduate school attendance. Everybody, from freshman to seniors, can use the reports that result from the postgraduate survey as an insightful resource on career options that come from a given major. These reports have valuable information that can assist you in deciding on a major or figuring out some ideas for what you can do with a specific degree after you graduate. These reports are also used by employers and alumni to gain information on graduating seniors and what they are doing and where they are going.

If you are a senior you should complete the survey if you haven’t already. The more people that respond, the better the information available is for all students. If you are interested in viewing the reports you can access them here. As always if you need help choosing a major or deciding on a career path you can reach CALS Student Services office via phone at (607) 255-2257 , email at, or visit our office at 140 Roberts Hall.



Student Panel: Tips for Finding an Internship!

March 25, 2014 · No Comments · Career Fairs & Other Events, Workshop

Where do I look for an internship?

What are important questions to consider when looking for an internship?

An experienced panel of students and Rita Boratav of Cornell Career Services will provide you with answers to these questions and more!

The panel is on Wednesday, April 9, 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm, 253 Malott Hall.

Career fields and topics represented on the panel include: medicine, information science, technology, marketing, consumer products, and government.

Questions? Email Rita Boratav,

If you would like to attend but cannot make it, there will be materials online after the program at this address:



Interning in New York City? Where Are You Going To Live?

March 25, 2014 · No Comments · General Career Info

One of the many options for finding housing in NYC

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Have an unforgettable summer living with students & interns from around the world. Call EHS for more information at (888) 255-0296 or visit


See how EHS can help you go from Intern… to Hired:

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EHS worries about the things you need — from AC & WiFi to Fitness Facilities — so you don’t have to.
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Peer Advisor Spotlight: What can studying abroad do for you?

March 21, 2014 · No Comments · Peer Advisor Spotlight

Meghan Vaill

By Meghan Vaill, CALS Junior majoring in Animal Science


Have you ever considered studying abroad? Maybe it’s an overwhelming, exciting, or even terrifying thought to you, like it was, at first, for me. No matter how you feel about the idea, I guarantee that if you put some time into finding a suitable program, you’ll never regret your decision.


Last spring, I was fortunate enough to attend Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. I was able to open my eyes to an entirely new view of the dairy industry that I grew up in, immerse myself in a culture I knew nothing about, see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire world, and share these memories with two of my best friends attending Lincoln with me.


Good news – there are various ways to customize your own abroad experience to make it right for you like I was able to:

(1) You could study with one of your friends or classmates if you’re nervous to go alone. (2) If you’re uncomfortable with a language barrier, there are lots of great programs around the world that primarily speak English or work hard to help unify international students. (3) If you’re worried about fulfilling requirements to graduate or for further education, we have career advisors to guide you! Many programs allow for students with strict course requirements.

(4) Oftentimes, financial aid works similarly for abroad programs as it does here in Ithaca.


Looking back on how I benefitted from studying abroad, I cannot stress it enough that you should at least investigate to see if studying abroad is right for you. For some, it isn’t, and that’s okay. But for others, this is the perfect time to drop everything you are familiar with, step out of your comfort zone, go somewhere new, and see something different – all while learning about your major from an entirely new perspective. Until I studied abroad, I never truly realized the scope of opportunities we have available to us in the world. You never know what opportunities for internships, networking, or future employment could emerge from a semester abroad. And most importantly, I have NEVER heard anyone say they regretted studying abroad. So check it out, do some research, ask some questions, and see if it’s for you. What have you got to lose?


The Next Steps

1.      Attend a Study Abroad 101 session. See the schedule at:

2.      Decide whether you are interested in CALS exchange or Cornell Abroad.

3.      If CALS Exchange, schedule a meeting in 140 Roberts Hall by calling 607-255-2257 or by following:

4.      If Cornell Abroad, meet with a peer-advisor in 250 Caldwell Hall on Monday-Friday from 1:30-3:00 pm in 250 Caldwell Hall.

5.      Make your way through the paperwork – persevere and it will get done. The staff in Caldwell and Roberts halls are great help and will ensure you remain on track!

6.      ENJOY EVERY MINUTE. Studying abroad was without a doubt the best semester of my Cornell career, but it passes quickly. Enjoy it while it lasts!


Article: Let’s Talk Salary

March 20, 2014 · No Comments · General Career Info


Let’s Talk Salary
   – by Bonnie Johnson, Marketing Associate

The number one rule for job seekers regarding salary – don’t be the first to mention it. Let the employer take the lead when it comes to discussing salary and benefits. Never bring it up in the first interview. It may be tempting when the employer asks “Do you have any questions?” at the end of the interview, however this isn’t the time. Bringing up pay too early could cost you the job.  read more…



Careers in Agribusiness: Panel Discussion

March 19, 2014 · No Comments · Career Fairs & Other Events, General Career Info, Workshop


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Employer Spotlight: Handling Job Offers

March 17, 2014 · No Comments · Employer Spotlight

Brenna 2By Brenna Shaeffer

University Recruiting Manager at General Mills

General Mills

Having multiple job offers is a great position for a candidate to be in, but it can also be stressful.  Ultimately, you are only able to accept and fill one position, so it is important to consider all of your options and make the best decision possible with the information you have. 

The first step in making your decision is to consider all of the components to each opportunity and weigh the importance of each one.  While evaluating base salary, title and location may be the easiest to compare across all offers, those factors may not be the most important factors in your decision making process.  What you consider important is a personal decision and one that you should spend time thinking about.  What do you want to get out of a position at this phase of your career?  What other factors come to mind as important?  For example, what type of culture will be most fulfilling for you to work in?  How important is upward mobility, and how quickly?  Are there any personal considerations (location, etc.)?  Weigh these factors based on their level of importance to you.  This will allow you to be able to evaluate which opportunities to target and to rank any incoming offers so that you have a good idea of your top choice(s).

When declining a job offer, it is best to do this over the phone whenever possible since that is more personal.  While sending an email may be more convenient, it is not the best communication method to use if you want to maintain a relationship with that company or recruiter.  Maintaining a positive connection with any company you recruit with can be useful when being considered for future openings. 

The timing of when to share your decision with the company may be difficult, especially when you are in the thick of recruiting with multiple companies.   It is best to respond to an offer as soon as you have made up your mind, as you do not need to wait until your decision deadline.   This is where it is critical to do the upfront work of identifying your critical decision factors and ranking your opportunities.  Understanding how you feel about a particular company or offer will help you to feel more confident in making decisions more quickly with less doubt.  Do not hang onto offers which you do not intend to accept.  It is both respectful to the company but will also reduce your stress to decline offers once you have made up your mind.  To this end, one additional piece of very important advice:  do NOT accept an offer and then continue to consider other offers.  This can be tempting if you have an offer in hand but prefer to work elsewhere – but reneging on an offer you have already accepted, in order to accept another later, reflects very poorly on you and your university.  It will likely eliminate your possibilities of future consideration with the company if you want to move back later in your career.

At times, it will not be possible to adhere to the decision deadline provided by the company.  Most commonly this occurs when you have an offer outstanding but have not yet been able to complete the recruiting process with another company.  The best thing to do in this situation is to be transparent in your communications with the companies involved.  For the company where you have an offer outstanding, speak with the recruiter to ask for a decision deadline extension.  Be clear on the timing you anticipate needing and be truthful about the reason you are asking for the extension.  Each company will have their own philosophy on what they may accommodate.  For the company that you want to continue recruiting with, contact the recruiter and let them know that you have an outstanding offer with a deadline.  Again, each company will have their own philosophy on how to handle the situation.  The goal is to arm each company with the appropriate information necessary to make a decision.  In an ideal world, you would have enough flexibility to continue recruiting before you need to finalize your decision.  However, if you do not get enough flexibility you will need to make a decision without all of the information.  This is where it is helpful to have already thought through your company rankings, preferences and likelihood to get an offer which will help you evaluate the best plan of action.  Ultimately, no one can tell you what to do as a blanket rule, but staying true to what you find to be most critical about each potential opportunity will help you make the best decision for you.