Career Advising

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the resources below, please contact:


Wendy Yamamoto

MS Career Advisor
Computer Science and Computing Department,
UC San Diego

Past Workshops




UCSD Career Center

Resources and information on how to find the ideal job, internship, or experiential outcome.


The Corporate Affiliates Program provides employers access to the best new engineers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment with the MS career advisor?

  • Visit to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

  • For your first appointment, please bring your resume along with a list of companies to where you have or would like to apply.

  • To cancel your appointment, go to the confirmation email. If you are running late, contact the Career Advisor.

  • Please note that the MS career advisor can only have one-on-one appointments with currently enrolled CSE MS students. CSE MS alumni please email the MS career advisor with questions and concerns.

  • Starting on Wednesday, September 8th through Monday, November 15th: All CSE MS career advising individual appointments will be open ONLY to CSE MS 2nd year students with emergencies (top priority) and non-emergency career advising questions. An emergency is defined as a full time job offer negotiation deadline, a full time job exploding offer, or an employer scam. 

  • Starting on Monday, November 15th: 1st year CSE MS students who are starting in Fall 2021 or seeking internship opportunities will be eligible to sign up for CSE MS career advising individual appointments.

  • In the meantime, if a CSE MS student cannot currently sign up for an individual appointment, this student will be asked to:

    • attend the CSE MS career orientation (for students starting in Fall 2021 only),

    • attend the CSE MS career advising workshops to receive career advising help, and/or

    • sign up for individual career advising appointments at the UC San Diego Career Center through Handshake. 

  • All CSE MS students with individual appointment requests must also have a signed and dated CSE MS career integrity pledge on file BEFORE an individual appointment request will be approved.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patrick Mallon, CSE Director of Student Affairs, at:

What is the Career Advisor’s schedule?

  • CSE MS Career Advising is available Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm by appointment only.

  • Due to a high volume of emails/messages, it may take up to 48 hours (2 business days) to receive a response. During peak periods, such as the beginning of Fall quarter, this response time may be even longer.

  • Please do not send multiple emails and messages about the same question unless requested by the Career Advisor.

When is a good time to see the Career Advisor?

You are highly encouraged to talk to the Career Advisor at least 1 quarter before you graduate and/or before the summer internships begin because getting an internship or job will take longer than you realize. It can take 2-5 months to get a good internship, or between 3-8 months to get a good job.

What is the recruiting timeline for internships/jobs?

Internship Timeline: The sooner that first-year students can start looking for internships the better. Most companies recruit 9-12 months in advance for summer internships, so recruiting will begin in the beginning of October 2021 for summer 2022. However, historical data has shown that most students in the CSE MS program receive interviews and offers in the winter quarter.

Full Time Job Timeline: The full time job market is open year-round, but there are peaks and valleys. Hiring for full time jobs slows down during summer and the holiday season but never stops. Students are encouraged to start looking for jobs when they feel ready. Budget about 6 months before you would like to get and start a job.

Who can attend the CSE MS career advising workshops?

All CSE MS career advising workshops are open to current CSE MS students and alumni only. It is also requested that CSE MS alumni email the career advisor before attending an in-person event. No other UCSD students are allowed to attend CSE MS career advising workshops and should instead seek career help and resources from the UC San Diego Career Center from the Jacobs School of Engineering Corporate Affiliates Program.

All current CSE MS students must have a signed and dated CSE MS career integrity pledge to attend CSE MS career advising events featuring alumni and/or employer guest speakers.