Frequently Asked Questions
Many opportunities exist for department representatives and the Office of Career Services to learn from one another and build collaborative relationships that will benefit all Princeton students and alumni. We developed this list of Frequently Asked Questions as a helpful resource.
- How do students connect with Career Services?
- What are your offices hours and where are you located?
- How do students hear about internship/job opportunities and events?
- When should students start looking for an internship?
- Are there opportunities for students to speak directly with employers?
- How do students connect with alumni?
- Do you assist students who are applying to graduate and professional schools?
- What should I do when contacted by employers?
- How can my department help Career Services?
How do students connect with Career Services?
We offer both individual career advising appointments and daily walk-in hours. Students may call 609-258-3325 to schedule an appointment, or they can visit our home page to schedule online. We guide students through the career exploration process, providing graduate and professional school advising, along with internship and job search assistance. Our career advisers are knowledgeable about a wide range of career options, job search strategies and employment trends.
What are your office hours and where are you located?
Our address is 36 University Place, Suite 200, right above the U-store.
- Academic-year hours: Mondays - Fridays: 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Summer hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
We have career books and resources for students, a conference room for presentations and a 20-room suite for on-campus interviews.
How do students hear about internship or job opportunities and events?
Students can find internships, jobs, fellowships, workshops, employer information sessions, on-campus interviews and career fairs in HireTigers. We also offer the UCAN Internship Exchange, a database of internship listings shared through a consortium of 22 highly selective private colleges and universities. Students should create profiles on both HireTigers and UCAN.
In addition, we send a weekly e-newsletters, CareerNews. These feature a sampling of new job and internship postings from HireTigers and UCAN as well as information about upcoming events. All undergraduates receive CareerNews automatically.
When should students start looking for an internship?
Students (especially juniors) may begin exploring summer internships during the fall semester. While January and February are the traditional internship application months, some competitive summer internships may have deadlines in the fall. Therefore, the fall is a good time to prepare a resume, research opportunities and hone interview skills.
Are there opportunities for students to speak directly with employers?
We invite employers to participate in workshops, panels, networking events, information sessions, meetups and career fairs. We also host or participate in the following career fairs throughout the year:
- HireTigers Meetup
- Science & Technology Career Fair
- Startup Meetup
- All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair
How do students connect with alumni?
There are many student-alumni engagement programs and networking events scheduled throughout the year. Students can also contact alumni through the TigerNet Directory, which includes a database of alumni who have volunteered to provide advice and share their insights and experience with current students by phone or email. In addition, students may apply to participate in the Princeternship program, a unique extern experience that partners students with alumni during an academic break. Princeternships provide a day-in-the-life perspective on a profession, industry or organization.
Do you assist students who are applying to graduate and professional schools?
Our career advisers are experienced in advising students about the process of applying to graduate, law and business schools. We also encourage students to speak with faculty about their career interests and further education. Students may meet with a career adviser to help plan their strategy for researching, evaluating and choosing among programs of study. Available services and programs include:
- Personal statement review sessions: These are offered by appointment only.
- On-campus visits for admissions representatives: Many graduate and professional school programs visit campus each year.
- Graduate and Professional School Fair: During this fall event, students can meet with more than 100 admission officers.
What should I do when contacted by employers?
We encourage all departments that are contacted by employers about job postings (or vendors promoting job search websites and software) to forward requests to Career Services for inclusion in our database. This allows us to establish and maintain relationships with organizations who wish to advertise opportunities or resources for students and alumni. You can provide them with this link: http://careerservices.princeton.edu/employers
How can my department help Career Services?
We welcome the opportunity to partner with faculty and programs. Here are ways you can be involved:
- Be a guest speaker and hold a presentation on a career-related topic.
- Share the career plans of students graduating from your department to help us gather information for our Senior Class Survey.
- Encourage students, employers and faculty to use our website.
- Be a liaison to alumni from your department and invite them to become part of the TigerNet Directory, speak or recruit at Princeton or host a Princeternship.
- Recommend students to become peer career advisors. We start recruiting for this program in early March.