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The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduate Students


This page offers graduate level resources for Watson students.  Our hope it to be able to aid in the career preparation process that is nuanced for our students in the Masters and PhD program, and provide value to the job/internship search and achievement process.


Though graduate level education offers a higher level of knowledge, it is still vital to have practical industry experience.  Seeking and achieving a summer internship or co-op will provide hands-on experiences that you can speak to when applying for your full-time positions upon graduation.  Below you will see a variety of resources that have been provided to aid you in your preparation, search, and the interview process.

Career Preparation

As explained above, internships and practical experiences offer concrete examples of your skills when you apply for your full-time job upon graduation.  Much like your class projects, career preparation starts with a solid plan and periodic check-points.  Below you will find a link for a "Career Horizons" for graduate students, which has been specially crafted to aid you in a roughly 2 year cycle.  This is a guide to help your way:

Career Horizons for Grad students


Before you begin to apply for jobs and internships, first take inventory of your skills and abilities and compare them to what companies (from your respective industry) are looking for.  Conduct a cursory review of companies who have hired Binghamton University graduates in the past (see documents below) as well as companies that you may be interested in.  Review their "mission" (for the overall company and major specific offices) and reach out to some alumni who currently work at these companies, which can be done through LinkedIn (see our LinkedIn networking guide) as well as working with the Alumni Engagement office.  Additional resources are available for students who may need sponsorship for employment through the International Student Scholars Services (ISSS) office.

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Developing Skills

Once you have identified skills and abilities these companies desire and compared them to your own, connect with Watson Career and Alumni Connections for ways to help obtain the areas you may need further assistance.  Also, be sure to review our Watson Student Organization list to identify other ways of supplementing your skills.  You may also find that supplemental coursework or professional development may be necessary.  Please connect with Watson Advising's Ellen Tilden and your faculty advisor; and review the Watson Professional Development page for possibilities.

There are a variety of ways begin making yourself more marketable.  A personal brand is when you create a public image or yourself by share your personal accomplishments, projects, and certifications in a way that the general public and employers can see who you are as a professional.  This can be done through LinkedIn, GitHub, participating in competitions, and going on industry visits.  


Some may have networking before the search process, but planning purposeful connections early lead to promising support later in your efforts.  Networking is connecting with peers, alumni, and professional contacts with the goal of growing your professional connections as it pertains to your career path. It is a powerful tool that can help you to find employment and get ahead in your career.

Check out the Alumni Association's Career-Toolkit on networking.  All the people you know: friends, family, peers, professors, coworkers etc. are part of your network. Reaching out to the people you know is the easiest and first step to establish a professional relationship.

Did you know that you have the ability to see Binghamton alumni and what companies they work for?

Use this presentation for guidance.

Some ideas to expand your network:

  • Join student groups and attends conferences
  • Attend Insight On-Sites
  • Attend Informational Sessions
  • Visit the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development
  • Visit Watson Career and Alumni Connections
  • Attend Career Fairs
  • Attend Industry Visits

Finally, face-to-face contact will lead to many being more likely to remember you when you apply on E-Recruiting.

Job search process and tips - including american business culture

Whether you are searching for an internship or your first job much of the searching process will be the same. You can see job and internship postings via hireBING and on our website!

Preparing to Apply

Research Your Options

Reflect on what kind of experiences will help you to achieve your goals. This will help create a clear focus on what internships would be relevant to your expectations.

Places to search

It is essential that you use a variety of resources to increase your chance of landing a full time position.

Networking should be at the center of your internship/job search strategy. Get the word out that you are actively looking for employment.

Right Target, Right Fit

Begin your employment search by taking a thorough inventory of your interests, skills, accomplishments, experience, goals, and values.

The key to a successful employment search is to recognize what makes you a unique candidate and to communicate this effectively to a prospective employer, both verbally and in writing.

Conduct research on various fields and local companies within those fields.

Now that you have done your research, figure out what company fits you best. Some of the topics include:

  • Company values and goals
  • Company reputation and stability
  • Location
  • Job advancement
  • 5 or 10 year plan
Stay on track

This will help you build a network of valuable contacts both for your current job search and for future ones.

Keep track of the progress of your internship/job search.  Maintain a detailed record of all the jobs you have applied for - communications, interviews, referrals, and follow-up actions (spreadsheet sample)

Final steps before applying
  • Tailor your résumé and cover letter so that it's specific to the internship that you're applying for.
  • Review your résumé with a professional at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Review your résumé with the Watson Career and Alumni connection office
  • Have business professional clothes for the interview
  • Attend a mock interview for practice


  • Submit your résumé and cover letter for the position
  • Ensure that you know where to apply
  • Politely and professionally email a recruiter of the given contact for clarification.
  • Apply to as many jobs as possible
  • Apply as early as possible - Many internship/job application dates are early in the school year

Be Persistent, Proactive, and Assertive

Do not wait around for an internship/job opportunity to come knocking at your door. It is important to make your name and face known before your competition does. While cold calling may be very intimidating, it remains a powerful strategy. Use every angle and networking contact that you have, and always try to obtain more points of contact. Also, remember that everyone experiences rejection; however those who are persistent and grow from their mistakes will eventually land the job they want.

Last Updated: 5/11/18