Advising Appointments

We are here to support Eastman School of Music students and alumni on a variety of career topics. Come connect with us to explore goals, discover professional development opportunities, and review application materials for internships, programs, or grants.

Current Students

All Eastman students, no matter the degree program or level, can receive 1:1 advising. Schedule an appointment by:

  1. Logging into the Handshake application, using your NetID and password
  2. Clicking on “Career Center” in the upper right.
  3. Selecting the “Appointments” bubble in the next page, and then “Schedule an Appointment”
  4. Following the prompts to find a day and time that works for you


Those who are within five years of their graduation date can make appointments with the Graduate and Alumni Career Advisor.

  1. Try to book an appointment via Handshake
  2. If you no longer have access to Handshake, due to lack of use, please request an appointment by emailing Make sure to include your graduation year and what you are interested in discussing.

Walk-In Sessions with Peer Career Advisors

Wednesdays from 1-3pm in the IML Office

Every week, we host open hours for students to drop in and workshop their resume or cv. Our trained Peer Career Advisors will walk you through the process.

Have a conflict with this time? No problem! Current ESM students and alumni within 5 years of graduation can submit their resume or cv below to receive feedback.

Please expect 5-7 business days for a response from our Peer Career Advisors.

Preparing for the Appointment

Identify Your Focus

What would you like to discuss or review? How can we provide support?

Draft Your Materials & Questions

Whether it’s updating an old version of a C.V. or drafting a rough cover letter, get the ball rolling. What questions do you have about this process?

Send Materials

Before you arrive to your appointment, please send the most recent draft of your materials as a PDF.

Our Career Advisors

For in-person appointments, please come to the 1st floor of the Miller Center and head to the Institute for Music Leadership office.
Dr. Blaire Koerner
Rachel Roberts
Jeffrey Dunn

One of the wisest and most fruitful resources the IML is Dr. Blaire Koerner. I’ve brought in CV’s, resumes (for a mix of different opportunities), writing prompts and cover letters, and she always has at least 10 ideas on how to improve, focus, and clean up my materials. I worry less about the opportunity I’m applying for knowing that my documents are the best they can be!

Kaitlyn Knudsvig, ’20E
B.A. in Applied Music, Violin

The has been such a tremendous resource to me. They helped on various applications including the Take Five Scholars Program, Eastman Leadership Academy, and Humanities for Life Internship. Whether you have a specific application you’re working on, need to update your resume, or just want someone to talk to about your options, you should absolutely take advantage of the career advising appointments. It’s honestly one of the best resources this school is providing us with. 

Claudia Scalzetti, ’21E
B.A. in Applied Music, Double Bass

Additional Resources

Review the handbooks – These resources provide tips for finding job openings, creating résumés, CVs, and cover letters, mastering interviews, and more.

Need Writing Assistance? Contact the Eastman Writing Center for writing-focused appointments.