The Center for Career Development invites alumni to utilize the many professional development resources that are available at Cooper, including career counseling appointments and the online job board, Handshake. The Career Center fosters professional relationships between alumni and students and encourages alumni to recruit at Cooper and to participate in career-related events and programs. 

If you have an interest in participating or mentoring a student, email with a brief statement including what year you graduated, your major, and some background on your career path. We are always tremendously thankful to have alumni work with students.  


  • 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.