By: Samantha Fang ‘23
Whether you need to fix up your resume, practice for an interview, or search for an internship, Macaulay Career Development is your place for all things career-related. (Plus, you have their services for the rest of your life — many CUNY campuses’ don’t offer that!) Their office has all the tools to help you succeed and develop your career. Read on to learn about the role Career Development can play in your career pursuits!
Career Counseling Services
Macaulay Career Development Office offers Career Counseling services, which involves meeting with Macaulay students one-on-one. This could be in-person, via phone or video call. During these sessions, topics can range from resume review, cover letter review, interview prep, enhancing your LinkedIn profile, assisting in your job/internship search, or networking tips. You can also schedule a session to discuss career paths you might want to pursue!
To make an appointment with Gianina Chrisman or Jamie Ruden, log onto CareerPath and you will find the appropriate banner on the home page under “Schedule An Appointment.”
CareerPath is the platform we use to post job opportunities. On this portal, you will find the following types of opportunities:
- Job (full-time)
- Research Assistantship
These opportunities are vetted and curated specifically for the Macaulay community. We only share opportunities that we feel would interest our students/alums and are the caliber our students deserve.
The Career Development Office sends targeted emails through CareerPath as a way to share upcoming events or job/internship opportunities. Be sure to have an email you check often associated with your CareerPath account and indicate your major(s), areas of interest, and career interests on your profile. This way we can easily filter for these options and send you emails about events and opportunities you will be interested in!
To engage the Macaulay community at all eight senior campuses, our office hosts the following events throughout the year:
- CUNY Hackathon: The Annual CUNY Hackathon consists of a coding competition, prizes, judging, mentoring, volunteers, workshops and more! The CUNY Hackathon is open to all CUNY students and lasts for 3 days (Friday – Sunday).
- Industry Talks: Industry Talks provides an initimate opportunity to network with a panel of professionals within a particular industry. After the professionals engage in a moderated panel discussion, attendees will be divided into smaller groups where they will be able to ask questions and network with the professionals. Plus, each speaker is required to bring an opportunity be it that of an entry-level position or internship.
- Professional Lunch Series (PLS): PLS was created to introduce students to employers, alums and experienced professionals and teach students the importance of networking and mentorship. Students who attend learn about a diverse set of industries, how to get involved in the field, and what a day-in-the-life looks like in said field.
- Office Tours: Typically on these office tours, students get to meet employers and learn more about the industry. Past tours include: ABC News, The New York Times, LinkedIn etc.
- Information Sessions: These sessions are either held on campus at MHC or on-site at the employer’s office. These information sessions can cover topics including: application process for internships at certain companies (i.e Deerfield Management), programs that offer scholarships (i.e. Schwarzman Scholars Program), and summer programs!
- Discovery Learning: Macaulay partners with companies to develop a project-based learning challenge that will help students gain a deeper understanding of their field of interest beyond academic studies. Students will get the chance to “learn by doing,” working in teams and with the guidance of mentors, finding solutions to real-world issues.
Be sure to check out the events page to RSVP for upcoming events!
These guides offer an in-depth look into various career topics including resumes, cover letters, interview questions, networking, and mentoring! You can find all our guidebooks here or on CareerPath in the Resource Library.
Our Career Blog (where you are now) is a place for career tips and advice from the perspective of Macaulay students and alums! We cover anything from managing your internship search and interview tips to healthy habits and ways to stay productive. If you would like to contribute to this blog, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu!
The Macaulay Mentors Program connects current students and recent graduates at Macaulay with mentors to help them build a professional network and gain valuable career advice. Mentors are professionals who are currently working or pursuing graduate studies in a variety of fields. Activities are up to individual mentor/mentee pairs, but can include resume review and interview preparation, job shadowing, networking opportunities, and general career guidance.
You can find the list of our current active mentors under “Professional Network” on CareerPath. Check out our mentee guidebook here!
If you are an alum, we are here to assist you as well! Please feel free to contact the Career Development Office and utilize CareerPath to view open positions in our database. We are always posting new opportunities!
Career Development Contact Information
Associate Director of Career Development
Career Program Coordinator
Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.