Online Job & Internship Board

Students are encouraged to register with Handshake which is Cooper Union’s online job, internship, and recruiting system. Register to view job and internship postings, receive important Career Center announcements, and participate in on-campus recruiting.


As a Cooper Union student, we expect you to adhere to the recruiting policies in order to take part in the on-campus recruitment program. Outlining clear expectations will make the recruiting process more effective for both students and employers.

Why Have Recruiting Policies?

Companies devote a great deal of monetary and human resources toward recruiting talent in their organizations. In many instances, it's a Cooper Union alumnus and/or alumna themselves who is taking time out of their day to drive the recruiting effort, as they understand the value of hiring a Cooper student. In an effort to develop current, and foster new, relationships, we strive to assure that employers are happy with their Cooper Union recruiting experience. Please understand that when you misrepresent yourself or abuse the recruitment policy, you are contributing to a poor image of yourself, and also risk damaging the school's relationship with employers.


Before interviewing, thoroughly research the organization and the position requirements. Be prepared to answer the questions - "why are you interested in working for us?" and "what is it about the position that prompted you to apply?"

No Show Policy

By failing to show up for a scheduled interview, you are holding a slot that another student could have taken, and wasting the interviewer's time. Students may cancel an interview any time before midnight, two business days before the interview. For example, an interview scheduled for Thursday may be cancelled online anytime before midnight on Tuesday. In addition, students must commit themselves to all first-round interviews, not to be cancelled due to the conflict with a second-round interview.

Students who either do not show up for a scheduled interview, or cancel their interview within the 48 hours of the interview date, must adhere to the following ramifications:

First Offense:

  1. Access to the Cooper Career Connection will be suspended automatically. The student must schedule a meeting with the Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach, to discuss their situation ( or 212.353.4112). Based on the individual student's situation, access to C3 will be reinstated.
  2. The student will present a letter of apology to the Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach for approval, to then be sent to the interviewer.

Second Offense:

  1. The student will be banned from all on-campus recruiting activities and other Career Center resources.
  2. The student must write an apology letter to the interviewer and get an approval from the Director of Engineering Career Development and Outreach. Once the student sends the letter, the student will get access to all Career Center resources, with the exception of on-campus recruiting activities.


Arriving late for an interview can push the entire interview schedule back and delivers a poor impression of you as a candidate. If you are running late for an interview, call the Office of Student Affairs reception at 212.353.4130. If you are late for an interview, the company may decide to not proceed with the interview, so you may be forfeiting your right to interview with the company. If a student is late for three interviews, where the student has been called in to interview after the start time, the student will be banned from all future on-campus recruiting activities.


If you falsify documents or misrepresent yourself to any company, you may be brought up on University judicial charges. Falsifying data such as your GPA, dates of graduation, major/minor, work experience, eligibility to work in the United States or other information is unethical and in violation of The Cooper Union's Code of Conduct. If you falsify documents or misrepresent yourself to any employer, whether via our recruiting program or in your independent job search, the Career Center reserves the right to rescind your privileges to use our services and programs. You may also be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students. In addition, employers have the right to terminate your employment or withdraw an offer for misrepresentation.

Reneging on Job Offers

Once you accept a job offer, whether via on-campus recruiting or in your independent job search, you are expected to withdraw completely from the on-campus interview process for the remainder of your experience at Cooper. Reneging on an offer is unprofessional and it jeopardizes Cooper Union's reputation in the employment community as well as your own. Keep in mind that in some instances, employers are known to rescind an offer when they find out that a student reneged another employer's offer. At the Career Center, we look forward to partnering with you in deciphering whether a job opportunity is appropriate for you. If you are uncertain as to whether you should accept an offer, please consult with a Career Center staff member.

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