The campus is closed and staff will work remotely at least until the governor announces the reopening of the New York City Region. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.

Center for Career Development

Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have heard from students concerned about their summer internship prospects and others who are unsure of how to move forward with their search for an internship, part-time job, or full-time job given the uncertain circumstances that we are all dealing with. We have also heard from students about recent job offers and upcoming interviews, and we continue to see new jobs posted daily to our job board, Handshake. We are optimistic about students’ employment prospects, but recognize that these are challenging times to engage in any kind of opportunity search. 

 We encourage you to do the following: 

  • Stay in touch with us and set up an appointment so we can discuss your unique situation and determine a plan to help you move forward. 
  • Be patient; many hiring timelines for interns, full-time hires, or even graduate students and more, are delayed. Everyone is trying to adapt to this unprecedented event and that takes time. 
  • Be flexible and open-minded; ongoing global events will impact different types of work in different ways and it may be helpful to consider opportunities and directions that you hadn’t before. 
  • Try to stay positive and take good care of yourself. 

 Virtual Appointments Available – Request through Handshake 

We continue to offer appointments, but they will take place by phone or video chat through Microsoft Teams. There are many appointment dates and times available through Handshake. Still, if nothing works for your schedule please email career@cooper.edu with your availability and we will find a date and time to talk. 


The mission of the Center for Career Development is to advance personal, educational and professional growth. The Career Center complements The Cooper Union’s academically centered tradition by preparing students to make a successful transition from studying with a distinguished and creative faculty to applying their knowledge and skills to a professional practice. The Career Center facilitates student inquiry into relevant applications of the education they have received at the institution, strengthening The Cooper Union’s historic commitment to science and art.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.