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The Mathematics Department Career Advisor is Dr. Lizette Zietsman.

Fall 2021 Career Fairs

Career-Related Events

Federal Job Search Security Clearances Panel - September 21, 6-7pm [REGISTER HERE]

Featuring panelists from both the federal government and private sector employees, topics include an overview of the security clearance process and tips to prepare for a security clearance. 

Career Fair Prep Workshop - September 22, 5:30-6:30pm [REGISTER HERE]

Get help researching employers and practicing your pitch! Questions? Contact Jen Heinold (

CIA Information Session - September 28

 You’ve heard about the CIA, but have you ever considered working in it? Have you wondered what the CIA really does or considered whether or not your background, academic track, or skill set might be of interest them. This information session is your opportunity to gain answers to all of these questions and more. It is being delivered by current CIA Officer who will give you an overview, including the CIA’s mission and structure, information about the extensive career opportunities, and provide a quick look into the benefits and application process. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.   

This is your opportunity to begin connecting with CIA's VTECH Recruiter, so bring your resume.  The Agency hires all academic majors and has extensive student opportunities, to include scholarships! All positions require US citizenship. 

To register for the September 28th Information Session (7:00-8:00 p.m.)  call the Career Center at 540-231-3997 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by September 24th. Please do not express interest in Handshake or attempt to register via email. The CIA is looking forward to meeting you.

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

List of Summer 2021 REU and Internship Programs for Math Majors: Click here for information

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

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: