Working in technology can mean many things, and positions can be found in settings ranging from big tech to startups to organizations that focus on other areas, but rely on technology to run their daily operations. 

Many positions in this field require strong analytical skills, flexibility and a commitment to lifelong learning to keep up with rapid advances. Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and virtual and augmented reality are all growth areas.

Technology companies come in all sizes, ranging from the giant industry leaders to lean startups and everything in between. There are also non-technical roles at tech companies including marketing, sales, account managers, designers and more. 

Gaining experience

Take courses that provide hands-on experience in coding, analyzing data and related areas. In addition to coursework, seek out projects through roles in student organizations, volunteerism or internships to build skills and develop a portfolio of work you can share with employers to demonstrate practical experience. Browse internship and job openings that interest you and identify qualifications — like a familiarity in a coding language or user design principles — that you can study independently. 

Hiring process and timeline

Large technology companies begin recruiting early in the academic year for full-time jobs and internships. Some organizations have first-year or diversity-focused programs and they typically recruit late in the fall semester.

Smaller organizations and startups tend to recruit closer to the start of summer or as positions become open. These organizations may not have a structured recruiting process so the best way to open positions them is often through is through networking and contacting the organizations directly. 

Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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