Career and Professional Development

Pathways to Success is the Graduate School's suite of academic, career, professional, and personal development programs for all phases of the student journey from learning how to navigate graduate school to identifying and applying for jobs.

Students at a Pathways to Success Symposium

Pathways to Success

  • Navigate academia; develop a plan
  • Build skills; prepare for your career
  • Develop balance and resilience
Kacie Armstrong, Psychology, sits in front of a laptop at a CIRTL workshop

All Events & Workshops

  • Academic progress; writing workshops
  • Career preparation; future faculty
  • Leadership, community engagement
3MT 2019 winners: Pamela Meyerhofer (People’s Choice), Teddy Yesudasan (1st place), and Shao-Pei Chou (2nd place).

Academic Success

  • Fellowship application writing
  • Thesis, dissertation, proposal boot camps
  • Research integrity and ethics training
Lauren Genova participates in a discussion on assessing student learning

Future Faculty and Academic Careers

  • Academic job search preparation
  • Local and remote workshops
  • Research mentorship skills
Careers Beyond Academia/BEST participants practice being interviewed about their research in a communication workshop.

Careers Beyond Academia

  • Frame yourself for your career
  • Broaden your network for job advice
  • Experiential skill-building opportunities
Room filled with students attending the June 2018 Pathways to Success Symposium

Cornell Career Services

  • Career exploration 
  • Job search strategy; find internships
  • Prepare job applications; negotiate offers


Continuing Dean's Scholar pinning new Dean's Scholar

Inclusion & Student Engagement

  • Dean’s Scholars; Bouchet Honor Society
  • Graduate School Ambassadors
  • NextGen Professors; Colman Leadership 
Students participating in Gratitude at TGIF

Personal Development

  • Transitions: Navigating Grad School for 1st Yrs
  • Perspectives: Health and Wellness
  • Weekly Walks & Gratitude
Graduate and postdoctoral participants in the Inclusive Teaching Institute 2018 practice intergroup dialogue skills

Postdoctoral Studies

  • Academic job search exploration, including postdoc positions
  • Academic Job Search workshop series
  • Review application package, practice interviewing, negotiate offer
Big Red Barn in spring

Big Red Barn

  • TGIF happy hour, trivia night, and other signature events
  • Dining
  • Special events reservations

Professional Development Offerings Across Campus


English Language Support Office (ELSO)

  • Courses and workshops
  • Tutoring on writing and presentations
  • Speaking and writing programs

Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

  • Writing courses for graduate students
  • Graduate writing consultants

Global Learning: International Services

  • Walk-in advising hours
  • Student resources
  • Travel information

Cornell Libraries

  • Workshops on library research, information management, and computer applications
  • Chats in the Stacks and Spark Talks
  • Librarians available for class instruction

Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI)

  • GET SET Workshops
  • Teaching Fellows program
  • Teaching assistant award

Funding and Personal Finance

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

  • International Research Travel Grants
  • Fellowship application information sessions

Community-Engaged Student Travel Grants

  • Supports winter, spring, or summer break travel to engage with domestic or international communities

Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences

  • Create new digital collections and build a library of resources to support scholarly activities

Personal Finance Website

  • Job opportunities on campus
  • Budgeting tips and resources
  • Events and workshops on personal finance with invited speakers

Student Loan Office

  • Federal and university loans
  • Alternative loans and financing
  • Promissory note and entrance counseling


Research Tools and Technology

Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA)

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training
  • Seminars and symposia

Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG)

  • Free Data Management Plan Tool account
  • Free consultations


  • Free Office 365 bundle and other software
  • Free Zoom account
  • Free Qualtrics survey tool for research

Center for Technology Licensing (CTL)

  • CTL Practicum
  • Commercializing Cornell inventions

Cornell Institute of Biotechnology

  • Technical workshops
  • Project design & data analysis
  • Seed research grants

Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)

  • Computing and data workshops
  • Software training
  • Computing, software, and data help desk support

Cornell University Statistical Consulting Unit (CSCU)

  • Consulting services
  • Workshops on data and statistical analysis
  • StatNews newsletter

Survey Research Institute

  • Plan projects, analyze data
  • Web, telephone, mail surveys
  • Transcription services


Other Opportunities

Cornell Public Service Center

  • School Outreach programs
  • Leadership programs
  • Language and interpreter programs

Global Cornell

  • Support of DACA and international students
  • Travel registry
  • International Travel Research Internship Program

Entrepreneurship @ Cornell

  • Internships
  • Symposia
  • Newsletter