Career Development Resources for Alumni

We encourage Cooper Union alumni to stay connected to the Center for Career Development.

Online Job & Internship Board

Alumni are invited to use Handshake, the Cooper Union’s online job and recruiting system. Alumni can create an account to access postings for jobs and internships. The majority of positions posted to Handshake are internships, entry-level roles and early career positions. 

On-campus recruiting activities, such as career fairs and on-campus interviews, are only open to current students because they focus on summer internships and entry-level hiring. Please contact the Center for Career Development to discuss your job search strategy.

Career Counseling

Alumni are invited to schedule career counseling appointments to discuss any of the following and more:

  • Self-assessment
  • Career exploration and transitions
  • Résumé and cover letter writing
  • Portfolio development
  • Job, internship and research search strategies
  • Interview preparation
  • Professional networking and community building 
  • Applying to graduate school
  • Grants, fellowships and scholarships
  • Residencies

Alumni can schedule career counseling appointments by contacting or through their Handshake account. 

  • 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.