A Wasserman Center career counselor advising a student.

The college experience is vital to giving you the skills to excel, both academically and professionally, in your postgrad years. New York City adds an even larger network of jobs and internships to explore. NYU has some very helpful resources for students to use to make the most of their time here, helping you develop traits that will set you up for your future goals as a professional! Some students require employment to financially support their studies. Whatever the case may be, every professional experience you have allows you to grow. There are a variety of different resources to prepare you for the professional world in different ways, so letʼs talk about them!

Getting Started

Our Wasserman Center for Career Development holds a variety of different events to focus on the aspects of career development. Wasserman helps students prepare to put their best foot forward in the professional world. Some of their events include résumé and cover letter workshops, interview practice, and career coaching. In addition, Wasserman hosts job fairs for students to attend every semester. Personally, I found my job as an Admissions Ambassador through the Wasserman job fair. You can also take advantage of these services as an alum!

The Search Is On

Once you have pulled your key application materials together and feel prepared, itʼs time to start searching! Handshake is a database solely for NYU students that lists many different internship and job opportunities. Whether you are looking for an on-campus job to fulfill your work-study or a summer internship, Handshake is an easy tool to simplify these kinds of searches for NYU students (and alumni!). Similarly to applying to become an Admissions Ambassador, Handshake helped me find my second job to fulfill my work-study! It is important to keep an open mind and take your time to explore different career options while in college.

At NYU, you do not need to declare your major until the end of your sophomore year. Departments update their students with opportunities and happenings via email. You will start receiving these after you declare. Donʼt delete them all! There are so many different experiences (from seminars to jobs) within the emails that can be for you. These listervs are in place to aid students in finding different experiences to get involved with! I am subscribed to The Medical Record and The Public Health Post, and I receive weekly emails from the biology department. While this may sound like a lot, each newsletter lets me know whatʼs going on within my department and informs me of the different internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities I could apply to!

A group picture on Zoom.
A Zoom conversation between my mentors and me during my summer research internship with Grad Laboratory at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health!

Network Development

This is very likely not the last time you will hear this … networking is key to career development. One of the reasons I chose to come to NYU was for the amount of networking opportunities available. Aside from the fairly large student body, New York City is home to so much activity in the professional world. While Wasserman helps you develop a great LinkedIn page, you can do your own work behind the scenes to “network” with your professors and classmates. NYU is a fairly collaborative institution. Friends have introduced me to professionals I wanted to network with or helped me find a job they previously had. A great way to find research is by connecting with professors who have similar interests as you. Here, at NYU, it can feel like professional development is able to play a role in almost everything you do, and thatʼs because it can!

NYU also has different LinkedIn groups for students to join. For example, I am in the NYU Global Public Health Undergraduates group. There, I can engage in meaningful conversations and form authentic connections with current GPH undergraduate students and alumni.

Above all, college is a time where you can set yourself up for success as a professional. NYU has the tools to prepare you for that success and help you learn an immense amount along the way!

Michelle Alvarado (she/her) is a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Global Public Health with a concentration in Biology and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle came to NYU as a first generation college student aspiring to earn her degree in the city that never sleeps. When she isn’t working on campus as an Office Assistant or Admissions Ambassador, Michelle can be found admiring NYC dogs or studying at her favorite coffee shop near campus. She is a member of a Panhellenic sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Hall Council. Michelle is passionate about helping others and hopes that by sharing her journey, she can inspire others to chase their dreams.