Student Services

Below is a list of services the CDC offers to WPI students. If you need assistance with something not listed, please set up an appointment with a staff member in the Career Development Center.

Individual Appointments

Students and alumni can arrange to meet a staff member by appointment or during walk-in hours. Help is provided in many areas including assistance with major selection, making career choices, resumes and cover letters, devising a job search plan, interviewing and applying to graduate school. Appointments can be scheduled online through your Job Finder account.

Walk Ins

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-4pm are CDC Walk Ins.  Walk Ins allow students to come in for a resume critique, cover letter critique, general quick questions on internships, co-ops, and graduate school.  Students do not need an appointment as Walk Ins are first come, first served and only one topic per Walk In.  These Walk Ins last about 15 minutes.  Resume and cover letter walk ins require a hard copy of your document.  If you have a few questions or are looking to explore multiple resources, please make an appointment. 

Self Assessment Inventories

These include, Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs, or Self Directed Search to assess skills, values and personality traits to help you determine a career path.  

Career Resource Center

The CDC maintains literature and information about various companies that recruit on campus. This information helps students prepare for their interviews with these companies. The CDC also provides vocational resources for students researching and exploring various careers. These resources include major binders to learn more about what you can do with a WPI major. For those students considering graduate school, the CDC provides information on the graduate school search process, and graduate education at WPI and elsewhere.
The CDC also houses general information on standard examinations required by many graduate schools such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Career Search

This software program helps to identify companies in any industry or technology with great specificity and has the ability to perform searches that specify your ideal location in the U.S., Canada, or internationally. This program can be accessed through your Job Finder account.

Mock Interviews

Practice your interviewing skills with a staff member in the Career Development Center.

Career/Job Fairs

Each year the CDC organizes three career/job fairs for students to obtain information on full-time, part-time, summer internship and co-op opportunities.

Career Workshops and Seminars

Throughout the year a variety of workshops are offered to students. Past topics have included: Resume/Cover Letters, Job Search Strategies, Summer Job Search, Job Offer Decision Making, and Applying to Graduate School.

Podcasts & Handouts

The CDC has a variety of career related handouts and podcasts that are accessible through Job Finder under the Documents tab.

Graduate/Professional School Assistance

The CDC offers individual appointments with a staff member to review the graduate school application process, resources for identifying programs, personal statements critiques, handouts on applying to medical school, veterinary school, dental school, law school and business school and information about graduate admission tests.

Company Presentations

Information sessions are provided by recruiters so that students have an opportunity to evaluate and learn more about the companies interviewing on campus.

Job Listings

The CDC posts full-time, part-time, summer and co-op opportunities. Students and alumni can access job listings through Job Finder.

On-campus Interviews

The CDC brings companies to campus to interview students each year from September through April. More than 200 private, government, civic and professional companies and organizations have participated in this program. Employers interview for summer, co-op or full-time employment. Resume submission for on-campus interviews usually begins in early September for interviews beginning the first week of October.

Resume Referral

Students can house their resume in Job Finder. Employers may access students’ resumes in two ways, either via a web resume book or referrals by the CDC for specific positions.

Summer Internship Program

Students may work three to four months, full-time, in a position directly related to their field during the summer. This opportunity is open to any student, First Year through Graduate Students. Visit our Jobs, Internships & Co-op website for additional information.

Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

Students may work six to eight months in a position directly related to their major during the academic year and summer. Students must meet with a CDC staff member to learn how to participate in the Co-op Program.

Alumni Assistance

After students graduate from WPI, the CDC provides assistance to alumni seeking new employment or facing a change in career goals. For more information, visit the Alumni section of our website.  


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