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Graduate Program - Employment of Graduate Students

PhD graduates from the Computer Science Graduate Program have an abundance of opportunities. While in school, many will have internships with government and corporate research labs. Following graduation, in addition to those employers, some will join (or found) startups, go to work in industry, or join academia, either as faculty members, or as members of the research staff.

Students graduating from N.C. State's Computer Science program are fortunate to be highly recruited by top employers, both locally (in the Research Triangle) and throughout the United States. We are a top supplier of new hires for several major, multinational companies. The average salary (not including bonuses, options, moving allowances, etc.) reported by our graduates in Spring 2012 was $85K/year, and in Fall 2012 was $93K/year. Our recent graduates have joined companies such as the following:

Accenture Acision Akamai
Amazon Bloomberg LP Capital One
Cisco Systems Deloitte Consulting Deutsche Bank
EMC Epic Systems Fidelity Investments
General Electric Google Groupon
Hewlett-Packard Hughes Networks IBM
Intel Johns Hopkins APL Lenovo
Microsoft MIT Lincoln Lab NetApp
Northrop GrummannVidia Redhat
Riverbed Technology SAS Institute
Samsung Symantec Verizon

Our ePartners program consists of companies who are interested in recruiting our students, and is a strong source of contacts for them. A number of employers offer our students opportunities to join leadership development programs, for fast promotion within their organizations.

While attending school, most PhD students are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and/or fellowships. Many of our masters students work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer, for many of the same employers mentioned above. The average pay rate for students doing internships in summer 2012 was $33/hour (and $29/hour in Fall 2012).

Opportunities for graduate students in the Computer Science program at N.C. State are exceptional. We invite you to join us!