How do I apply to graduate school or medical school? What’s up with the new MCAT? Should I get a masters degree before enrolling in a PhD program? What exactly is “networking” and how do I do it? Are there other careers out there for a scientist besides becoming a professor?  How do I get there?

You have questions? We have answers! And if we don’t have them, we’ll help you find them!

PRISM is fully committed to helping you plan ahead for your career after John Jay. Starting this year, PRISM students will have access to resources and tools to help with professional school applications and to provide you with skills for navigating your career.

Some of the things we can advise you on are:

  • GRE/MCAT preparation
  • Application essay review
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Research opportunities outside of John Jay
  • Who and how to ask for recommendation letters
  • Volunteering, and other activities to build up your profile
  • Fellowships/Scholarships

Find Edgardo, PRISM’s Pre-Health/Pre-Professional Advisor on Advisortrac to book appointments by following this link, or click on the Advisortrac link from the John Jay Home Page.

We also have a wide variety of other resource to help you in your journey:

  • Books and other resources in the PRISM office
  • Online Resources
  • “Essential Skills for a Professional” workshops: Every few weeks, PRISM plans a series of short workshops that aim to increase your awareness of certain skills that are becoming essential for navigating your professional career. Things like networking, conducting informational interviews, writing a “statement of interest,” preparing for a job interview, building your professional online presence, and many others. Stay tuned for announcements of when/where the next one take place. If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion, communicate it to Dr. Sanabria-Valentin, our Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Advisor (
  • University recruiting events: PRISM invites recruiters and speakers from different schools and programs to come and meet our students. It is very important that you make an effort to come, since these recruiters will have the inside information of what schools are looking for in their candidates and for you to find out what options are out there.
  • Events outside John Jay: The city of New York is filled with organizations that can provide resources and additional information to develop your career plans. We’ll do our best to identify them and communicate them to you. Also, if you hear of any events of interest, let us know!

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