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Career Pathways

Career Outcomes

Clarkson students care about what comes after college. We believe in the power of professional experiences to accelerate their post-graduation success, so we require every student on campus to have at least one, usually through a co-op, internship or research project.

  • Co-ops and internships can be secured with the help of our award-winning Career Center thanks to our vast network of companies, from Fortune 500 giants to innovative start-ups, to government organizations.
  • Many students have multiple co-op and internship experiences during their time at Clarkson and often are offered full-time positions at the companies where they have their professional experience, so they are set for the working world even before their senior year begins.
  • Unlike other universities, our 96% placement rate does not count just any old job, but careers in our students’ chosen career path.


Clarkson has a really great career center here. Having a career center like that is super beneficial. It's a really great place to go and get advice on resumes, and they have a great alumni connection. So if you have a company in mind that you really want to work for, you want to look more into, they can get you in touch with someone that works there.

They put on a really great career fair where over 180 companies will come, and students can get internships and co-ops and research opportunities through that. You can't graduate Clarkson without a professional experience, which I think helps you put one foot forward in the fact that you've already had experience in the field that you want to do.

I'd say what differentiates a Clarkson alum from other alums would be that Clarkson definitely provides a lot of hands on experience. After my freshman year I interned at GE Solar in Schenectady, New York. There I was during the solar design engineering, and then I went on co-op my second semester sophomore year to work for Tesla in Reno, Nevada. So companies definitely are able to come on campus. The career center is always open to talking to new employers to recruit students, and I'm really looking forward to having a job after graduation.