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The Mathematics Department Career Advisor is Dr. Lizette Zietsman.

Fall 2021 Career Fairs

November 9 : Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Virtual Career Fair
  • Employers will be recruiting for interns, postdocs, and full-time positions.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST. All you need to participate is an Internet connection. Registration is free for job seekers, who can sign up here.
  • What is the Virtual Career Fair? The Virtual Career Fair is an event at which you can chat with employers about working in various industries. It is a great opportunity for you to meet government and industry representatives and discuss what they look for in candidates and what each employer may have to offer. The event is held primarily for graduating students and recent graduates, but job seekers at all career stages are encouraged to attend.
  • How Can I Participate? To participate in the career fair, you simply need to be a SIAM member or registered for CSE21. Please see the instructions on our VT SIAM Chapter Membership webpage on obtaining free membership.

Career-Related Events

Fall 2021 Skillshop Series hosted by Career and Professional Development

This series focuses on the skills you need to be career ready! Join us for any of our three Fall Skillshop Series sessions to get some tips, tricks, and further insight into how to WOW your current or future employer! We will talk Strengths, professionalism, and what makes YOU unique. Register for each session on Handshake by the day + time of each event.  Search Fall 2021 Skillshop Series.

Engaging Your Strengths at Work – October 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Learn more about your CliftonStrengths and how using your unique skilset can help you achieve success at work.

The Art of Professionalism – November 3, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Learn more about professionalism and why Virginia Tech employers rate it as the #1 skill for career success.

Marketing Your Experience – December 1, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Learn more about how to market and promote the skills you have gained during your co-op, internship, or work experience.

Smith Career Center | | 540.231.6241

Medical School Admissions Advantage

The Medical School Admissions Advantage, a networking event for VT students and representatives from allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, will take place on Zoom on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 5:45 – 8:00 p.m.  

Meet and learn from representatives of various medical schools in several ~15 minute small-group conversations.  This is a great opportunity to learn about various medical schools and find out what they look for in applicants.

Registration for this event is now open.  Please register here by October 29th at 4 p.m.

LOCATION:        Zoom - link will be sent to confirmed registrants


Hokie Mentorship Connect

As a Virginia Tech undergraduate student you will have access to Hokie Mentorship Connect, an official online platform that will help foster connections between students and alumni around the world. Hokie Mentorship Connect will help facilitate career-related conversations between you and Virginia Tech alumni. This platform will give you an opportunity to seek knowledge and advice, explore career fields in which you are interested, and build your professional network with alumnus from around the world. At the same time, it provides alums the opportunity to make a difference in the lives and careers of Virginia Tech students and an opportunity to give back to their alma mater by sharing personal and professional experiences with current students. MORE INFO HERE

Math Job and Internship Opportunities

Many organizations advertise math-related internships on their websites. Some examples are below:

Other places you might search "math summer internship" are Glassdoor, SimplyHired, Careercast, LinkedIn, and Indeed. For example, here is the result of a "math summer intern" search on

Rotational Internship Program (for rising juniors and seniors during Summer 2022): Applications are now open for a paid internship in Summer 2022 in Blacksburg! Our 12 week rotational internship program offers students a hands-on experience working with the university financial offices. While learning about how higher education works “behind the scenes”, program participants will complete a specified track, that may be in the areas of Budgeting, Financing, and Capital Planning; Accounting; Data Analytics and Solutions; Procurement; Student Services. The program runs May-August 2022. Please visit our website for more information, and APPLY HERE by January 2, 2022. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Rotational Finance Fellowship (for students graduating in December 2021 or May 2022): Applications are now open for the Vice President for Finance Rotational Fellowship. This year-long program provides participants with wide-ranging and engaging experiences working with the multiple Finance departments and the overall higher education administration of Virginia Tech. This 12-month, benefitted staff position has a flexible start depending on your expected graduation date. Please visit our website for more information, and APPPLY HERE by October 31, 2021. This is one of the Finance division’s signature InclusiveVT initiatives, with the goal of creating an employment pipeline that draws from the university’s talented, diverse student body.  The program has a strong track record of a participants being hired into full-time higher education administration roles across the Commonwealth.

On-campus internship through Campus internEXP: Click here for information

List of Summer 2021 REU and Internship Programs for Math MajorsClick here for information (Yes, these are from last summer, but use this list to get an idea of what might be available next summer.)

The Mathematics Department and other offices around campus employ both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of positions that require a math background.

Have an interview coming up and need a bit of practice? InterviewStream is an ideal tool to help ensure you're putting your best foot forward!

  • It's available 24/7 to all VT students, employees, and alumni.
  • It has a "like" and "um" counter.
  • You can choose the questions you'll be asked.
  • You can save your interview to view later.
  • You can send a link to your interview to ask for feedback from others.

Additionally, if you want a real, live person to practice your interview skills with, set up a practice interview appointment with a Career and Professional Services Career Advisor via Handshake!

More Career-Planning Resources

Employers of Recent VT Math Majors: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Deloitte, GEICO, Google, Hilton, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MIT Lincoln Lab, NSA, Raytheon

Job Titles of Recent VT Math Majors: Business Technology Analyst, Cognitive Analyst, Cyber Security Engineer, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Database Manager, Deep Learning R&D, Economic Analyst, High School Math Teacher, Operations Research Analyst, Project Manager, Python Developer, Research Associate, Software Engineer, Spacecraft and Satellite Operations Tech, Technical Consultant, Web Developer

The average starting salary for May 2021 VT Math graduates was $76,000.

25% of May 2019 VT Math graduates pursued Master's degree programs.

Note: All information above is based on information voluntarily reported to the Mathematics Department by recent VT Math graduates.

VT student post-graduation information from Career and Professional Development.

Math-major post-graduation information from Career and Professional Development.

The top "I wish I had..." responses from the 2019 math graduates surveyed:

  • learned more, or earlier about career options
  • asked advisors, staff, and professors for advice earlier or more often
  • gotten more experience related to their major or career goals before graduating

The most common first methods of contact that 2019 math graduates had with their employer were: