The demand for food scientists is increasing as our world becomes more focused on the vital role that food plays in the well-being of all people. Our graduates have pursued a diverse array of career paths in the food industry, governmental and policy bodies as well as in academic institutions across the world.

We are here to assist with any of your recruiting needs. We offer the below as general guidance for recruiting current students and recent graduates and are happy to provide additional information on request.


Post a Job/Interviews

We recommend that you reach students interested in Food Science careers by posting open positions in Cornell Handshake, the student portal for jobs and internship opportunities. You may post full-time jobs, internships and/or summer positions for Cornell students and recent alumni at no charge. There is no limit to the number of jobs you can post.

If you already have a Handshake account, all you need to do is log in and enter your job descriptions for Cornell.  If Handshake is new to you, Getting started with Handshake and How Do I Post a Job provide information on how to set up an account and post open positions.  Once you have posted the positions, please email jb44 [at] (Jo-Lynn Buchanan) so that we can activate the postings and share them with students (in Handshake and other channels, for example, via the Food Science departmental newsletter, received biweekly by all food science students). Job postings on Handshake for entry level positions can readily be converted to interview schedules, either virtual or in-person.


Information Sessions

The majority of information events for students are organized by the Cornell Food Science Club and are open to all food science undergraduate and graduate students.  Students from other majors at Cornell University may also be invited at the request of the employer.

To begin planning an information session for Cornell Food Science students, please contact mjc484 [at] (Mackenzie Childs), Vice President of the Undergraduate Food Science Club, and chd59 [at] (Catherine Dadmun), President of the Food Science Graduate Student Organization.



Career Fairs and Other Industry Recruiting Events

The Cornell Institute for Food Systems Industry Partnership Program (CIFS-IPP) holds an annual Food Systems Career Fair (usually at the beginning of September).  The 2021 event is currently being planned for September 13, 2021.

Please note that participation at the CIFS-IPP Annual Career Fair event is exclusive to CIFS-IPP Member and Affiliate companies.


Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors who have an interest in learning about industry career opportunities in all aspects of food systems are invited to attend (historically, around 200+ students attend the Fall in-person Career Fair event). CIFS-IPP Member and Affiliate companies also receive personalized recruiting support, for example, for scheduling customized information events that include students from relevant programs other than Food Science and scheduling assistance to conduct in-person interviews at Stocking Hall. CIFS-IPP Member and Affiliate companies also receive customized support to build longer-term talent pipelines with Cornell.


Please contact ra283 [at] (Rajni Aneja), Managing Director, CIFS-IPP to learn more about the CIFS-IPP Career Fair, CIFS-IPP membership and other available industry recruiting resources for food systems companies (including alumni recruitment).