Share Your Career Experiences with Students


In addition to providing career assistance to alumni, including counseling services and webinars, the Center for Career Education encourages alumni volunteers to get involved with the educational programs and employment opportunities for students and other alumni.

Alumni can collaborate with the Center in a myriad of ways, such as:


Contact Vernon Gibbs II, CC'00, Associate Director of Alumni Outreach at for more details on how to volunteer today and discuss how you can work with the Center for Career Education.

Conducting Mock Interviews

Spring Mock Interview Nights - January 28, February 4, and February 11 - Help current students prepare for the spring interview season by practicing questions like "Tell me about yourself" and "Tell me what you learned from this experience" during these 3 evening sessions on campus.  We need 30 alumni volunteers.  Please consider joining us especially if you have ever played the role of a recruiter or hired in your organization; your feedback can make a huge difference for a student.

Hear recent alumni interviewers take on why you should join us for future mock interviewing nights:

Volunteering as a panelist or speaker

Fireside Chats - Spend an evening with a small, informal gathering of PhD candidates interested in exploring non-academic career options. We need PhD alumni from the following fields - Research Scientist, History Docent, Venture Capital/Private Equity, Independent Schools, Think Tanks, Biomed Engineering, and Higher Education Administration.

Networking at events and online

Columbia Career Connections on LinkedIn - Make yourself available for current students and alumni for online career networking through CCE's own LinkedIn group.  Alumni can register by visiting LinkedIn and searching "Columbia Career Connections"

Media Networking Night (MNN) - March 25, 2015 - Join us for our 8th annual event, Media Networking Night, which is designed to bring Columbia students in direct contact with a wide variety of alumni and professionals who can speak candidly about their industries and work experiences. The event features employers from a diverse set of media related industries including but not limited to film, television, radio, communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, books, magazines, and newspapers.  Registration will open in January 2015.

Posting Job and Internship Opportunities

Hire Columbians - We are seeking Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective firms and companies.  Alumni understand the value of the Columbia educational experience and are critical for establishing relationships with hiring decision makers.  Our Employer Outreach team is interested in gathering relevant contacts and introductions to hiring managers as well as meeting alumni who would like to promote the hiring of Columbia talent at their firm. Please contact Patrick Smith, Senior Associate Director of Employer Outreach at or 212-854-5496 to learn more about this opportunity.

Provide job shadowing and mentorship

Columbia Externship Program (CEE) - March 16-20, 2015 - The Columbia Externship Program is designed to give first year undergraduates  an opportunity to be exposed to the professional world during the week of Spring Break.  Host companies are matched with pre-screened students and offer a job shadowing experience for 2 to 4 days.   We are seeking alumni employers based in the NYC area who represent a diverse range of industries.  Former hosts have sponsored a variety of projects including client marketing projects,  researching data for a medical lab or online newspaper, learning the basics of an industry through a series of tutorials, attending meetings, events, or organized tours of the facilities.  We are open to your ideas and thoughts for the best experience the extern could have.

Summer 2015 Mentors - Alumni have the opportunity to be a mentor thru a number of programs run by the CCE.  Mentors are encouraged to share trends about their industries, best practices for their future hiring opportunities, and advice about career paths.  You can schedule meetings via in person, phone or virtually.  We recommend that you connect 3-4 times during the summer and in some cases possibly attend an event or two if your schedule permits.   Serving as a mentor is a great way to connect with current Columbia students, build the Columbia brand and help young people at the start of their careers!

Columbia College Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (CCASSIP) - The Columbia College Alumni Sponsored student internship program (CCASSIP) is an opportunity for Columbia College sophomores and juniors to gain valuable internship experience during the summer of 2015.  Students are paired with an alumni mentor, engage in pre-professional development training, and take part in networking events throughout the summer.

The Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP) - The Science Technology Engineering Program is an opportunity for SEAS students to engage in internships in a variety of fields including biomedical, civil, chemical, computer engineering, computer science, earth and environmental, electrical and mechanical for our sixth annual program during the summer of 2015.  Students will intern in the NYC area as well as nationwide for approximately 8-10 weeks. 

Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) for International Alumni - Through the Columbia Experience Overseas Program, Columbia students participate in an 8-week high quality internships in Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore.  Since 2007, the CCE has partnered with employers and alumni in a variety of international cities.  Over 100 students depart from Morningside Heights to intern in a diverse range of industries including finance, consulting, media, healthcare, arts and not-for-profit organizations.

Alumni in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and D.C.  - As part of our efforts to help students develop their professional networks, Summer CCE Network (SCCEN) connects current CU students with alumni mentors during the summer while they are working in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Bay Area and Washington, DC.  We are seeking alumni in several cities during the summer of 2015 to be available as a resource to the student and possibly attend an event or two.  

Being an Industry Expert

Professionals in Residence - The Professional in Residence program allows a small group a small group of Columbia University students to meet with a professional during lunch to learn more about trends, possible career paths, and gain insider information for their future career plans.  

Other ways to connect

Alumni Profiles - Our Alumni Career Profiles showcase the diversity of career paths of Columbia University alumni for students seeking to learn more about opportunities after graduation. We will include brief careers stories of a selected group of alumni who can showcase a range of professional options.  The objective of the tool is to be both informative and inspirational.  We hope that readers (students and other alumni) will gain a sense of the various career paths that individuals take after studying at Columbia University and how careers change and evolve over time.