Preparing for Internships, Jobs, and Graduate School
in Computer Science

Outreach Teaching Research About

Internships and Jobs

Timeline

Finding Positions to Apply For

Preparing Your Resume, LinkedIn Profile, and Project Examples

Preparing for a Techincal Interview
It is common to have a technical interview as part of the interview process for a Computer Science job or internship. A good idea is to get together with a group of CS students and practice asking each other questions (do practice interviews with each other).


Graduate School

The Computing Research Association (CRA) has a variety of information and resources for undergraduate students who are considering graduate study: https://cra.org/for-students/

Timeline

Note: this is an example of a timeline that lets you work on preparing for graduate school applciations over a period of two years. You can start preparing for graduate school during or after your senior year, but will need to compress this timeline.

Finding Graduate Programs to Apply To
Talk with the Skidmore Career Development Center, and with your CS professors about your interest in graduate school. Finding a good graduate program for your interests is an individual experience. Rankings of programs by U.S. News and NRC (no subscription needed when accessing the NRC link from the Skidmore campus network) give a picture of the overall reputation of graduate programs. Because graduate study, especially getting a Ph.D., involves specialization in a particular sub-field of computer science, the true quality of a graduate program depends on many factors. Your CS professors can help you choose the best programs to apply to based on your individual interests.

Typical Application Requirements
Every program has its own requirements. This is a list of what Computer Science graduate programs in the United States typically require.

Sources of Financial Assistance
Many Computer Science graduate students are able to obtain financial assistance that covers tuition and provides a small stipend for living expenses. This information is specific to graduate school in the United States.