Recruiting Purdue CS Students

The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) and the Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science works closely with the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) to assist employers in recruiting CS students. The CCO handles job postings, resume collections, setting up interview schedules and reserving rooms for interviews. They can also assist employers in deciding which job fairs to attend and which majors/departments would be most useful to target to obtain the skills needed to fill specific positions. Employers seeking students from multiple disciplines should work with the CCO to obtain resumes from students in various majors. Information regarding CCO services and employer registration can be found at http://www.cco.purdue.edu/ or by calling 765-494-3981.

Posting Positions
The Department of Computer Science posts job opportunities on a weekly basis for all CS students through an electronic newsletter called Opportunity Update, in addition to a posting with the CCO. This service is open to all employers (not only Corporate Partners) at no charge. Companies who wish to promote internship and employment opportunities for CS students may send their posting, including criteria and contact person/application information, to Patricia Morgan at pmorgan@purdue.edu.

Interviewing CS Students
The CCO is the main point of contact for interviewing all Purdue students (including CS), undergraduate/graduate and alumni, for internships as well as permanent positions. If interview rooms at the career center are full, the CS Department will try to assist members of the Corporate Partners Program in finding a location for interviews. The CS Department will also arrange space, as available, for Company Days and Tech Talks for Corporate Partners within the computer science building and promote these activities to CS students.

CS Classes
Members of the Corporate Partners Program have the opportunity to present in CS 391 Junior Resource Seminar as space is available. Speaking opportunities in other classes are sometimes available. Course descriptions of all CS classes are available at https://www.cs.purdue.edu/academic-programs/index.html.

Job Fairs
The annual CS Job Fair is held on Monday evening in conjunction with the fall corporate partner meeting in mid-September. Corporate participation in the event is limited to members of the Corporate Partners Program, and the fair is only open to CS students. Participating companies are invited to interview select students the following day in a limited number of rooms set aside for that purpose. CS students are also encouraged to attend other job fairs held on campus such as the AITP Computer Roundtable and Industrial Roundtable, both held in mid-September. Spring fairs include the College of Technology Career Fair and the Intern Expo. A list of campus job fairs can be found on the CCO website at https://www.cco.purdue.edu/Calendar/.

CPP Member Involvement

Senior Projects
Corporate Partners are welcome to participate in Computer Science Senior Projects. Projects are required for the Software Engineering Track and are an elective for five other tracks: Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Graphics and Visualization, Database and Information Systems, Foundations of Computer Science, and Systems Programming. Partners may also suggest projects that can be used in individual classes. Projects may be suggested by students and/or faculty based on their interests and research, or suggested and sponsored by Corporate Partners (some partner levels may require an additional fee to participate in projects).

Student Organizations
The active student organizations within the CS department include: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Computer Science Women’s Network (CSWN), Graduate Student Board (GSB), and the Undergraduate Student Board (USB). ACM and CSWN will often host corporate representatives for technical presentations. Corporate sponsorship of social events and activities is invited. More information about the organizations is available through the CS website at https://www.cs.purdue.edu/people/student_organizations.html.

Departmental Events
The CS Department sponsors a number of events that offer opportunities for corporate involvement, including a Speed Interviewing event, a Networking workshop and the Annual Spring Awards Banquet. At the 2014 banquet, over $74,000 in awards (ranging from $500 to $5,000) was distributed to over 45 undergraduate and graduate CS students. Other events inviting corporate support/involvement include recruiting events and outreach activities, including summer camps for middle-school students and workshops for teachers.