Your First Stop: GC Connect
GC Connect is the best place for current GC students to start looking for job openings and other funding opportunities, including internships, fellowships, and postdocs. Many of the listings are provided by employers who are expressly interested in hiring Graduate Center students and alumni.
If you are a current GC student, you can use GC Connect by following our step-by-step instructions. If you are not a current GC student or if you need assistance using GC Connect, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 817-7425.
Resources for Finding Jobs in Academia
CUNY and other area schools often hire Graduate Center students who are looking to build their CVs and to help cover living costs. These institutions also sometimes offer more long-term opportunities for students who are nearing graduation or who already have a degree in hand.
One option is working as an adjunct instructor: while not highly paid, these positions do add teaching experience to your CV. (They might also allow you to qualify for NYSHIP health insurance and tuition remission). Adjunct positions are independent from GC financial aid, and so students apply directly to the institution at which they wish to teach.
If you are considering applying for administrative or adjunct jobs, the following resources are good starting places to learn about open positions:
- The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) website offers an extensive database of higher education and related jobs and is searchable by zip code.
- Jobs are also listed on more general aggregation websites. For example, students in the English Program might search by location for “adjunct faculty English” to find area jobs on Indeed.com.
You can also search for current employment opportunities specifically at the 24 CUNY campuses with these resources:
- Open positions in CUNY, including many adjunct positions, are posted to the CUNY Jobs page. (This information is also available in CUNYfirst, which is the platform through which job applicants must apply. Navigate to Main Menu > Self Service > Recruiting Activities > Careers.)
- Some types of positions (e.g., college assistant positions and some teaching opportunities) are occasionally posted on the individual campuses’ HR websites.
Other area institutions include:
- Berkeley College
- College of Mount St. Vincent
- Columbia University
- The Fashion Institute of Technology
- Fordham University
- The New School
- Pace University
- Pratt Institute
- Rutgers University
Note that while some of these schools pay adjuncts higher than CUNY does, the positions may or may not come with health insurance benefits.
Some departments rely largely on word-of-mouth to fill adjunct positions (e.g., your GC colleagues might send job announcements through your program’s email listserv). If you’re interested in teaching at a specific school, you might send your CV, as well as details about courses you’re able to to teach, directly to the department chair at that institution. You should be able to find contact details for chairs on their department websites.
Resources for Finding Jobs beyond Academia
- Career One Stop
- NACElink Network
- Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
- Versatile PhD (free membership provided through our office)
- Vault (free membership provided through our office)
Note: These sites can be a great resource during your job search, but you should be aware that you might also encounter some misleading posts. See our blog for tips on how to identify and avoid fake job posts and job scams.
- American Alliance of Museums
- American Association for State and Local History
- Archaeological Institute of America
- American Library Association
- The College Music Society (membership required)
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- PreserveNet (preservation industry and allied fields, maintained by Cornell University)
- Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the American Library Association
From our blog: Career Resources for Art Historians
If you’re considering a career in secondary education, the following online resources might be helpful as you search for open positions:
Many graduate students begin teaching at private institutions that—unlike public schools—do not require teaching certification. If you’re interested in this, check out the helpful breakdown of “Online Resources on Teaching in Private Schools” from The Chronicle of Higher Education. For example, the following recruiting agencies work with graduate students who are looking for jobs at private or boarding schools:
- Carney, Sandoe, & Associates (nationwide)
- Southern Teachers Agency (southeast)
- CalWest Educators Placement (California and the West)
However, there are also organizations that provide quick temporary teaching certification should you prefer to work in public education:
- The NYC Teaching Fellows Program prepares qualified individuals to teach in NYC public schools, and provides temporary certification to recruits within a few months of joining the program. Fellows then enroll in a subsidized master’s degree program in education.
- Teach for America places recruits who have completed a 5-week summer training program in public and charter schools nationwide. Corps members then receive “alternative” certificates or licenses, and must complete coursework toward the next level of certification during their two-year teaching commitment.