Cornell University

Graduate Degree Programs

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Career Opportunities

Entrance to Ives HallILR School graduates work in every region of the United States and around the world. Graduates have taken positions in the business, high-tech, financial services, manufacturing, and not-for-profit sectors. Their job titles range from Recruiter, HR Manager, Labor Relations Specialist, and Senior Consultant in the corporate world, to Field Examiner with the NLRB to Research Analyst with a union. Because ILR alumni hold senior and influential positions in numerous businesses and labor organizations, the strength of the program is well known around the country and even the world. Cornell ILR graduate students are in great demand.

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ILR's Office of Career Services (OCS) is particularly effective at helping MILR students find positions, and also works closely with students with targeted job needs to identify job leads. Graduate students in the MPS, MS, and PhD programs work closely with their professors to find employment, and are encouraged to use OCS services. The staff in OCS can also facilitate networking with ILR alumni, an excellent resource.

The ILR Office of Career Services offers a full schedule of programs and informative workshops, and provides individualized assistance including resume preparation, practice interviews, developing career networks, creating a job-search strategy, and evaluating offers. The office hosts a corporate career fair each fall, a social-justice career fair each spring in conjunction with ILR's Union Days activities, a winter internship program, and career forums.

Summer internships can help hone skills, clarify the specific work and identify the kind of organization students will choose for their careers. Most masters students earn between $1,380 and $2,400 a week during a summer internship. Many students eventually accept full-time offers from their summer internship sponsors. (For example, 41% of 2013 MILR graduates took this opportunity). International students should see the ISSO website for regulations with regard to internships in the US and full-time employment upon graduation.

The ILR OCS manages an active on-campus recruiting program that brings representatives from many of the country's foremost human resources programs to campus, and other career forums representing careers in labor, policy, and other fields. Interviews for both full-time and summer internship positions are held during the fall and spring semesters. The Office sponsors job postings throughout the academic year. Many students (92% of MILR graduates) accept positions before graduation. In 2013 the median starting salary was $83,500, with a range from $65,000 to $111,000. The average signing bonus in the corporate sector was $14,293.

Cornell dual MILR/MBA students are highly regarded in the job market. In 2013 the average starting salary was $108,333, with a range from $90,000 to $135,000 and an average signing bonus of $25,000.