FAQs

Who can utilize PARSONS Career Services?

Career Services offers resources for matriculated students and graduates of Parsons degree programs (bachelor's, master's, AAS). Degree seeking students of other divisions of The New School may seek advising at walk-in hours and attend career events (contact the main office for details). At this time, we do not provide services for students or alumni of  Continuing Education or Certificate programs.

What types of resources does Career Services have?

We have a variety of resources and services that give students and alumni a competitive edge, including

  • One-on-One Career Advising
  • On-Campus Recruiting, Job and Internship Fairs
  • Online Job Database
  • Résumé, Cover Letter, and Portfolio Review
  • Interview Preparation Assistance
  • Panel Discussions

Will Career Services find a job for me?

Career Services does not offer job placement, but many of our resources are designed to assist you in your search. These include one-on-one career advising; job and internship fairs; an online job database; résumé, cover letter and portfolio review; and panel discussions on career-related topics.

How do I begin my job search?

You should begin using Career Services resources early in your college career. Start by creating a résumé and attending our panel discussions and internship fairs, which are great places to network and meet professionals. Collect business cards and speak with professionals and your career advisor to learn about career paths in your field. An internship is a great way to learn more about a particular career path and gain professional skills. Ask your career advisor about applying for internships.

What types of companies attend your job and internship fairs?

We host many of most popular, sought-after companies in design and related fields. These fairs give students opportunities to meet with company representatives on campus. Companies that have joined us in the past include Abercrombie and Fitch, Condé Nast, Frog, Gucci Group, Hasbro, MTV, and Walt Disney.

How long do you take to review a resume and cover letter?

Career Services will help you make the most of your experience and education by making an in-depth review of your résumé and cover letter. Post your résumé to the Parsons Online Job Board and your advisor will review it within seven business days. You will receive an email when the review is complete. For instructions on how to gain access to the Parsons Online Job Board, email parsonscareers@newschool.edu.

I don't know how to write a resume or cover letter. Do you have a guide book that reviews the basics?

The Parsons Job Search Guide (Adobe PDF) is a must-read for anyone seeking an internship or job. It includes tips, resources, and sample résumés and cover letters.

I'm not 100 percent confident in my writing skills. How can I get help?

Misspelled words, incorrect punctuation, and grammatical errors will send your résumé straight to the trash: Be sure to have it reviewed by a faculty member, career counselor, or trusted friend with good editing skills before you send it out. The University Writing Center (71 Fifth Avenue, 9th floor) has trained tutors who can help you polish your skills.

How do I find an internship?

You can find an internship by attending internship fairs, applying to postings on the Parsons Online Job Board, applying to companies directly, and asking your career advisor or faculty for ideas.

Before you apply for an internship, be sure to review the information and instructions posted on the internships section of this site.

Do companies seeking interns prefer bfa programs over AAS programs or vice versa?

Most companies have no preference. Most AAS students at Parsons already have a bachelor's degree and some work experience, and some employers may appreciate that level of maturity.

What is the Parsons online job board? how do I gain access to it?

The Parsons online job board is a comprehensive job database with more than 30,000 employers registered. It's a great place to find up-to-date internship and job postings.

For instructions on how to gain access to the Parsons Online Job Board, email parsonscareers@newschool.edu. Post your résumé to the Parsons Online Job Board and your advisor will review it within seven business days. You will receive an email when the review is complete.

Can I still use the online job board after I graduate?

Yes. Parsons alumni have unlimited access to the online job board.

What is the rate of employment for recent alumni?

Despite a challenging job market, 87 percent of Parsons 2011 graduates who responded to a survey are employed (either part-time, full-time, or freelance). This data is based on a 26 percent response rate.

How do I find a job on campus?

Many offices of the university hire student assistants. On-campus jobs can be found through the Student Employment Office.

Can Career Services help me choose a major?

When selecting a major, it's important to learn more about career paths and industry trends. We're here to help Foundation students find a major by assessing their professional goals, skill sets, and interests. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a career advisor to assist in making this important decision.

If you are a matriculated student or graduate of a Parsons degree program (bachelor's, master's, AAS), you can book an appointment with one of our Career Advisors by using this online booking form.

if I miss a career services appointment, can i reschedule in the same semester?

Each student/alumnus is limited to two appointments per semester. If you cancel an appointment with at least 24 hours notice, you will be invited to reschedule. If you miss both appointments without giving 24 hour notice, you cannot make another appointment until the next semester. If you are more than 15 minutes late to an appointment, Career Services reserves the right to reschedule. These policies ensure fair access to our services by all users.

 

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