Finding a Job
by Puneet Thapliyal with contributions from Karan Gupta, Amit Shenoy and
Editor's note: The following tips were written specifically for
students from India who were admitted without financial aid and are looking for
a campus job, but much of the information may be relevant to other students
- Look for all the departments in RPI for a possible support, which could be
in the form of managing the Web page of the department, some job (could be
a RA position) in CAT located in CII, or some other organisation in CII.
- If you have prior research/work experience in an academic
field, then browse individual faculty web pages to find those
professors who match your research interest and write to them
directly to find if they can offer you an RA. CS faculty
usually prefer to hire RAs who have been on campus for a few semesters.
Faculty in other departments may feel the same way.
- To apply for a CS department TAship, ask Terry Hayden to put your name
on the waiting list. Just asking her to put your name on is
enough, but it can help you if you give her a resume showing what topics
you are familiar with. You may also
contact individual instructors about being a TA for the course they
teach. They can't make the final decision, but they can put in a request
- You could also give a try at the Mathematics Dept which generally has TA
positions available for the Fall semester.
- Try International Services, the Library, and the Help Desk in the
Voorhees Computing Center.
- Those of you who have relatives/friends with green cards here,
there is another way round. You can get educational loan from
independent agencies (not RPI), if the green card holder agrees
to become a co-borrower. You can get loan for the full course of
your studies and living expenses, to be repaid once you
graduate. Catch - the interest rates are pretty steep. But you
can always take loan for just the first semester and pray that
you get TA/RA for the following semesters! Visit
for more info.
- Take loans from all those of your friends who have come to the US
for working on an H-1 visa, especially in software development.
Off Campus Jobs
If you are a U.S. citizen and you have a car, you can look for a job off
campus. Some of the largest employers of RPI students are GE and Knolls
Atomic Power Laboratory (part of Lockheed Martin).
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