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 provides information on how to get started. Once you have posted the positions, please email jb44 [at] cornell.edu (Jo-Lynn Buchanan) so that we can activate the postings and share them with students (in Handshake and additionally, 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, both virtual this semester and in-person in future semesters.
Spring 2021 Guidance: We request that no student travels for interviews before leaving campus for the semester. Students should not be placed in the position of potentially violating NYS and Cornell travel policies that may change day-to-day under the COVID-19 re-opening guidelines.
The majority of information events for students are organized by the Cornell Food Science Clubs and are open to all food science undergraduate and graduate students. Students from other majors at Cornell University are included at the request of the employer.
To begin planning a virtual information session for Cornell Food Science students, please contact Alan Wo, Vice President of the Undergraduate Food Science Club, at ayw35 [at] cornell.edu ().
Spring 2021 Guidance: Please note that all information sessions and other recruiting events at Cornell will be virtual this spring. No student or student organization should host an on-campus in-person employer information session in combination with or in lieu of a corporate-hosted virtual information session under Cornell’s COVID-19 re-opening guidelines. However, many events continue to be held virtually and we offer a variety of creative ways to engage via online formats.
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 in both virtual and in-person formats due to the current uncertainty on whether in-person events will be possible this fall.
Attendance at the CIFS-IPP Annual Career Fair event is exclusive to CIFS-IPP Members and Affiliates. 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 in-person event). CIFS-IPP Members and Affiliates also receive personalized recruiting support, for example, for scheduling customized information events that include students from relevant programs other than Food Science, scheduling assistance to conduct in-person interviews at Stocking Hall (not available Spring 2021) and access to student resume books. CIFS-IPP Members and Affiliates also receive customized support to build longer-term talent pipelines with Cornell.
Contact Rajni Aneja, Managing Director, CIFS-IPP at ra283 [at] cornell.edu () to learn more about the CIFS-IPP Career Fair event and other available industry recruiting resources for food systems companies (including alumni recruitment).
Cornell also organizes other campus-wide Career Fairs during the year which are open to companies recruiting in all industries. More information is available at https://www.career.cornell.edu/events/other_fairs.html .