Computer Science

Computer science at Wellesley encompasses the broad application and theory of ideas relating to hardware and software. As an outcome, those studying computer science should leave with a broad understanding of how computing and technology applications work so that they can build computer applications of the future. Since technology is present in any and all industries and disciplines, the application of technical knowledge can be found in numerous career opportunities.
 

General Career Advice

Those with a technical skills can apply their knowledge in a number of sectors: government, industry, academia, nonprofits, and research. To get an idea of the myriad of roles you can pursue with your computer science major, check out a sample list of positions and career tracks available (courtesy of Wake Forest University).

Regardless of your desired career path, each computer science student should plan to pursue opportunities that provide valuable experiences and skills - such as campus involvement, research, internships, volunteering, and community engagement. Not only are these great experiences to add to your resume, but they can also help you determine what type of work environments, activities, projects, and “X factors” are a good fit for you.

For a snapshot of jobs and internships that Wellesley students and alumnae have secured in the past, check out the Beyond Wellesley section of the CS department website.
 

Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Computer Science

If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree in computer science, there are plenty of great resources out there to help you start asking the right questions. Check out the Graduate School resource page in Handshake for a broad overview about graduate school, including the application timeline, asking for references, and financing your education.

When looking for computer science graduate programs, you will need to do some in-depth research about those programs to gain a better understanding of their admissions requirements, the focus of their degree, research areas of the faculty, and the curriculum for the degree. While there are both objective and subjective factors that go into deciding what type of graduate degree or graduate program to pursue, some questions to start with include:

  • What are the research specialties/areas of the faculty?
  • What research projects do the current graduate student work on?
  • What are facilities, laboratories, libraries, etc. like?
  • What are the outcomes of the graduates - academia, research, industry, government, or other professional areas?
  • What is the quality of life for a Master’s or PhD student?

If you are looking for an in-person consultation about graduate school, a good place to start would be by meeting with Frances Adjorlolo ’08, who is the Career Community Advisor for Technology, Engineering, & Physical Sciences. Additionally, you should plan to speak with the faculty in the computer science department, as your faculty (especially your advisor) will be an essential resource in your graduate school application process.

For a sample list of graduate programs that Wellesley students have enrolled, visit the CS department website.

 

Career Resources and Professional Organizations

Organizations on Campus

  • Wellesley CS Club
  • WHACK: Wellesley Hackathon
  • Robogals

Computer Science Career Resources

Professional Organizations

Internships & Fellowships

Job Boards & Interview Resources

  • TechGen - TechGen is the bridge connecting New England's best university students with its top healthcare and technology companies.
  • Uncubed - Uncubed connects people to innovative companies.
  • VentureFizz - VentureFizz is Boston’s most trusted source for tech and startup jobs, news, and insights
  • Cracking the Coding Interview

Updated December 5, 2017.
If you have additional resources, please feel free to send them to Frances Adjorlolo at fadjorlo@wellesley.edu.