Center for Career Development – University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee – Center for Career Development

Arts & Science: Science & Technology Careers

How can I get experience?

You are encouraged to explore a variety of experiences that will help you develop skills needed for your career interests. These most commonly fall under internships, co-ops, part-time jobs, volunteering and research. Below are resources to help you identify opportunities:

In addition to technical skills, many employers are also looking for students who have developed “soft skills” through participation and leadership in campus activities. There are professional student organizations available (e.g. Chi Omega Lambda – BCMB) where you can develop more knowledge of your field of interest and to meet others with similar career interests.  However, many non-career related activities can also provide opportunities for you to take on leadership roles and develop many of the skills mentioned above. To learn more about the 300+ student activities available at UT visit this site.

Where do I look for a job?

How do I prepare for the job search?

You are encouraged to review our resume resources and/or bring in your resume for a critique.

Curriculum Vita:
A curriculum vita is used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific or research positions. It can also be applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.

Typically a curriculum vita is longer than a resume and provides a more detailed synopsis of your background and skills. A CV includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as any teaching or research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations and other details. As with a resume, you may need different versions of a CV for different types of positions.

You are encouraged to review our information on interviewing and our practice interview program.

How do I apply for graduate school?

Types of Academic Degrees in the Sciences
Admissions Guide for Graduate School
Professional Sciences Masters Programs
Consider these programs if you want to advance your science degree but are not interested in academic or research driven career paths.
Letters of Recommendation
Graduate School Resources


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System