Category Archives: Career Development

Planning for a Ph.D.? Get Your Application in Great Shape with Draper’s Ph. D. Application Bootcamp

April 17 and 24: Ph.D. Application Bootcamp

A multi-session workshop led by Professors Alan Itkin & Justin Jackson

Please note: Students must have attended a PhD Application Workshop to participate in the Bootcamp. Both sessions of the Bootcamp are required. 

Session One: Friday, April 17, 6-8pm
Session Two: Friday, April 24, 6-8pm
Draper Map Room

So you know that you want to get a Ph.D. You’ve attended the Ph.D. workshop at Draper and you’ve decided that academic life is right for you. Now the real fun begins.

You need to put together a great application, an application that sings your praises to admissions committees, that entices them into offering you a great admissions package. But, in order to do that, you have to know a few things first.

This bootcamp is designed for students who know that they want to go on to doctoral study. Over the course of two sessions, we will prepare you for the Ph.D. application process by helping you to get your research proposals in shape. These personal statements are the keystones of your entire application; we  can’t stress enough how much they matter to your success in gaining entry to the program(s) of your choice.

In session one of the series, we’ll spend some time discussing what you’ll need to do for session two. In sum, you’ll need to come to session one with some idea of the discipline(s) you’re interested in. You’ll also need to have some idea about the schools/cities/programs in which you can envision yourself for the next 5-7 years of your academic life. Then, we’ll discuss strategy for Ph.D. applications and homework for the next session. WARNING: This is a bootcamp. There will be a large amount of research, prep work, and writing for session two.

In the second session, you will be responsible for bringing a draft of a personal statement with a semi-fleshed out research project to class for work-shopping and peer review. In addition, you must bring a list of your top 5 schools/programs and know which professors you might want to work with – or who might want to work with you – at each school. You should be able to explain the differences among the programs (each school typically has its own approach to the disciplines) and how you’ll craft a slightly different personal statement for each unique program.

Please RSVP to draper.program[at]

Upcoming Wasserman Events for MA Students

Below are some exciting events and opportunities hosted by the Wasserman Center!

Using Your Degree in a Unique Way 

Wednesday, April 1, 6:00pm-8:00pm | NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Graduate Commons Room 120
Not sure what you want to do after graduation? Come hear from a panel of professionals and alumni who are using their particular advanced degree in a unique or surprising way. Learn how they used the skills from their graduate studies to succeed and gain tips on how to do the same. RSVP to gradstudentcareer[at]

Spring 2015 Start-Up Industry Expo

Thursday, April 2, 4:00pm-6:00pm | Regna Lounge, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn 
Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with professionals in the entrepreneurial and Start-Up community. Meet and speak directly with companies to learn more about internship, volunteer, part-time or full-time career opportunities. Resume and/or cards strongly encouraged to support a great first impression. See you at the expo! RSVP here!

Dining for Success (For Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students)

Thursday, April 2, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | The Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place


Mastering interviewing skills is hard enough, but what about when your interview is over a meal? Don’t let your dining etiquette stand in the way of getting the job! Join NYU Recruiters from ESPN, Teach for AmericaErnst & Young, PwC, The Walt Disney Company and more to practice these skills over a three-course meal! RSVP here.

Pop Up Resume Shop

Tuesday, April 7, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. | NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Graduate Commons Room 120 

Meet with a Wasserman center career coach for an individual resume critique.  RSVP to gradstudentcareer[at]

Wednesday, April 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm | Presentation Rm B 
Hear from a panel of professionals with a variety of experiences living, studying, and working abroad. Learn how these experiences ultimately contributed to success in their personal and professional lives.

Graduate Student Professional Series: Perfecting Your Pitch

Thursday, April 9, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Presentation Room A


Knowing how to pitch your successes and career goals are key to landing a job. Learn techniques that will assist you in mastering the art of perfecting your pitch. Brandon Gardner from the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) will be on-hand to conduct this interactive workshop.  RSVP Today!

Thursday, April 9, 5:00 – 7:00PM | Leslie eLab
Learn how this panel of social entrepreneurs created social change and made an impact on a community through business innovation. Join us at the Leslie eLab to discuss specific career opportunities and advice for social entrepreneurs. Food and refreshments will be served. 

Wasserman Employer Meet-Up with Featured Guest: Peace Corps

Tuesday, April 14, 12:00pm-1:30pm | The Great Room, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (19 University Place)

Ask job search questions, explore potential opportunities, and learn more about your career options from career professionals.  Wasserman staff and special employer guests will be on hand to discuss opportunities within their organizations.

Acing the Interview for Master’s Students

Wednesday, April 15, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Graduate Commons Room 120

Learn how to prepare for job and internship interviews, strategize appropriate responses to difficult questions, and identify resources to learn about the company and industry.  RSVP to gradstudentcareer[at]

Networking 101

Wednesday, April 29, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Graduate Commons Room 120

This interactive seminar is designed to equip you with techniques to effectively network and showcase your most valuable assets.  RSVP to gradstudentcareer[at]

Looking for Career Guidance? Wasserman Programming in GSAS Lounge Kicks Off Tuesday, 3/10!

Tuesday March 10 from 5-6:30pm marks the kickoff of the Wasserman Center for Career Development bringing great programming on site to GSAS in the Student Lounge (120 Silver)! Join us for snacks & beverages, an Introduction to Wasserman Services,and Q & A with Grad Team staff.

Full programming series to be posted soon!