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:
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.)
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.
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.
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:
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.