Students on the Ag Quad.

Connect with Students

At Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, students are searching for ways to apply their academic education to real-world experiences. CALS relies on alumni to provide learning, mentoring, shadowing, and internship opportunities to current students. There are many resources available for alumni to connect with and support CALS students.


Connect with the CALS Career Development Office: This office is dedicated to providing CALS students, alumni, and employers with the finest career exploration, decision-making, and job search services. Opportunities include: posting internship, summer job, and full-time job listings for CALS students and alumni; joining CUeLINKS  an interactive platform to provide career advice to students and other alumni; hosting one or more students at the workplace during winter or spring break; hosting special events for students; participating in career fairs; guest lecturing; recruiting and interviewing students for summer and full-time employment opportunities; and other opportunities as they emerge.

Opportunities focused on career development:

  • Recruit students: CALS students are sought-after employees in agriculture, life sciences, and business-related organizations. By developing interactions with students and student groups, alumni can recruit and build awareness on campus for their industries, businesses, or organizations. From posting position openings to establishing a regular recruiting visit, organizations find the next generation of leaders at CALS.
  • Post an internship or full-time job: CALS students are eager to gain experience and apply what they are learning in the classroom to real world situations. Alumni help foster career exploration by posting internships through the CALS Career Development Office. For more information on recruiting at the CALS Student Services Office, please contact Jo-Lynn Buchanan, Employer Services Coordinator, 607-255-9858,
  • CUeLINKS: This network of alumni volunteers talks with students about careers, interview tips, internships, job searches, graduate and professional school, and more. Join by and signing in using your LinkedIn credential, or create an account.
  • Speak to a career development professional about additional opportunities: Alumni may connect directly to one of the CALS Career Development professionals to customize how they can help students pursue their career goals
  • Student organizations play an integral role in the student experience and are a good point of access for alumni to reach students. Did you participate in any as student? Current organization leaders can provide more information about what is happening on campus and in their groups

Participate in university programs

Cornell depends on alumni to provide mentoring and career opportunities to current students. Additionally, the University relies on alumni to help recruit the best and brightest prospective students. The following opportunities to support students are available through Cornell programs:

  • Alumni Connections Program: Introduce students to the world of work through an job shadowing, informational interview or an externship.
  • Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN): CAAAN is a network of over 9,000 alumni volunteers who assist the Cornell admissions community in recruiting superior undergraduate applicants. Members are involved in a variety of activities. The most common is contacting local candidates to answer questions, provide a positive perspective on the University, and accumulate additional information about the applicants

Business Partnerships

Make the corporate connection: Alumni looking for ways to connect their businesses to CALS students, faculty, and research should visit the Business Partnership and Foundation Relations site.