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Free Memberships for Cornell Graduate Students

Free Individual Memberships for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Cornell is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. The NCFDD provides members with access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.  

Activate your account by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the NCFDD website
  2. Under “Select Your Institution,” choose “Cornell University”
  3. Select “Activate my Membership”
  4. Complete the registration form using your Cornell email address
  5. Check your Cornell email account to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email

Free Individual Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Membership Available for Cornell Graduate Students

Available to all Cornell Graduate, Professional, and Undergraduate Students

Cornell University is an institutional partner of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Create an account to enjoy number of professional development programs and services such as newsletter, the AWIS career center, and various webinars. 

Activate your account by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the AWIS website
  2. Set up user name and put in first and last name
  3. Click on “accept this membership” and continue
  4. Complete the registration form
  5. Click on the appropriate institution
  6. Certify that you are a graduate/undergraduate student
  7. Click on submit to complete the process

Complimentary 1-year Membership with New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) 

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Cornell University maintains an institutional membership with the New York Academy of Science (NYAS). Secure a sponsored membership with NYAS to access to various resources such as networking & resource building and career readiness training.

Activate your account by completing the Cornell specific membership form.


Free Membership with VersatilePhD for PhD Careers Beyond Academia

Available to Cornell graduate students and postdocs

Versatile PhD is an online resource designed to help humanities, social science, and STEM PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Cornell graduate students have free access to premium resources provided through the University’s subscription to Versatile PhD such as real-life resume and cover letter examples and panel discussion events. 

Activate your account by authenticating yourself as a Cornell affiliate on the VersatilePhD log-in page.


Free Membership with ImaginePhD for PhD Career Tools (Designed for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students)

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Cornell graduate students can 1) conduct online self-assessments to identify skills, interests, and values, 2) explore careers paths, 3) develop next steps for career and professional development, and more. 

Activate your account on the ImaginePhD website


Free Membership with Optimal Resume to Prepare Your Job Search Materials

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

Optimal Resume is an online resource, which provides sample resumes and cover letters as well as templates to help you create your resume and cover letter. Additionally, you can practice your interviewing skills through the Optimal-Interview tool. Cornell graduate students have free access to these premium resources.

Activate your account: 


Free Membership with GoinGlobal for International Job Search

Available to all Cornell students, postdocs, faculty, and staff

GoinGlobal is a great place for international internship or job opportunities. In addition to the job listings, this site provides country and city-specific employment/career guides, which are all developed by local employment experts. This site also has an H1B visa resource, helping international students identify employers historically hired international talent in the United States. 

Utilize all the premium resources by following the steps below:

  • Use Cornell IP address in order to use the Johnson Graduate School of Management (JGSM) account (e.g., computer labs located across campus, Cornell Wi-Fi)
  • Go to the GoinGlobal website

Institutional Membership with Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Programs

Available to all Cornell graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, plus Graduate School alumni and recent Cornell postdocs

CIRTL is a North American future faculty preparation effort with branches at nearly 40 universities. Participate in webinars, online courses, and summer teaching institutes on diversity in the college classroom, Individual Development Plans (IDPs), the academic job search, and many additional topics on teaching and research mentoring.