- Private Industry: Many private industries employ scientists, including: Consumer Product Companies, Cosmetics Companies, Chemical Manufacturers, Pharmaceutical Companies, Scientific Journals, Testing Labs, Consulting Firms, Waste Management Companies, Environmental Consulting Companies, Food Manufacturers, Financial Firms, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, and Research Foundations.
- Education & Academia: Professors and teachers work in higher, secondary and primary education. A doctorate is usually required to teach in colleges and universities, with a bachelors or masters necesary for primary and secondary education.
- Federal, State, or Local Government: Individuals with a science background are employed in different agencies across government including: The Food & Drug Administration, National Science Foundation, Public Health Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Air Pollution Control, NASA, and National Institutes of Health.
- Career Exploration for Ph.D's is a helpful tipsheet on where to look for employment and how to use your training/skills in the job search in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.
- The Sloan Cornerstone Career Center also hosts excellent information on the careers in science.
Finding an On Campus Research Position
- Amgen Scholars Program
- Student Research Involvement Program
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
- Earth Institute
- Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
- Harlem Biospace
- Nevis Laboratories
- CC/SEAS, GS, and GSAS fellowships
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (at Columbia and other Universities)
- There are many listservs for undergraduate students to learn about research opportunities in the sciences. Join the Center for Student Advising's Science Mailing list and Pre health listserv.
- LionSHARE: CCE’s database of internships and full time jobs for students and alumni. Previous employers have included: Rockefeller University, American Institute for Research, MIT Lincoln Lab, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Heart Disease Research Foundation, Hospital for Special Surgery, and the Pacific Northwest National Lab.
- CCE Career Fairs: CCE hosts a Fall Career Fair, Engineering Consortium Career Fair and Spring Career Fair each year. Attending employers included: Trinity Partners, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Regenron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Stryker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA Langley Research Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NYU Langone Medical Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Celgene, and Weill Cornell Medical College.
- Science, Technology, Engineering Program (STEP): STEP is one of CCE's many internship programs that provide students with opportunities to connect with Columbia alumni and gain experience in science, technology and engineering.
- Career Exploration for Ph.D's: A tipsheet on where to look for employment and how to use your training/skills in the job search in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.
- Vault & WetFeet Guides: Profiles industries, companies, and careers. Related resources include the Vault guide to Biotech and Wetfeet guide to Careers in Pharmaceuticals.
- Columbia Alumni: Read profiles and get advice from Columbia alumni working in the field of science.
- Listservs: There are many listservs for undergraduate students to learn about research opportunities in the sciences. Join the Center for Student Advising's Science Mailing list and Pre health listserv.
- Mentornet: Join to connect with a mentor in the STEM fields.
- Student Clubs & Professional Associations:
- The Chandler Society of Columbia University: The Chandler Society serves as a tribute to the spirit of American chemist Charles Frederick Chandler, continuing the great tradition of bringing people together with Chemistry.
- Columbia Neuroscience Society: The Columbia Neuroscience Society aims to create a community among students with an interest in neuroscience.
- Columbia Science Review: The mission of the Columbia Science Review is to increase knowledge and awareness of science and technology in the Columbia community, promote scientific literacy at Columbia, and promote student activities within the sciences.
- Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal: Professional-level, open-access science journal that is committed to publishing manuscripts of the highest scholarship resulting from significant scientific research or outstanding analysis.
- Society of Physics Students: Columbia University Chapter of the Society of Physics Students.
Offer unique career information, networking experiences, and job postings.
- New York Academy of Sciences: One of the oldest scientific societies, with a global reach.
- New York Biotechnology Association: Devoted to the development of biotechnology related industries and institutions in the state of New York.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: Dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
- American Chemical Society: Represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.
- American Institute of Biological Sciences: Builds community in support of researchers, educators, and scientists who understand the importance of sharing biological discovery and knowledge.
- American Physics Society: Advances and diffuses the knowledge of physics through its research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities.
- National Academy of Sciences: Provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world.
- Society for Neuroscience: Advancing the understanding of the brain and human nervous system.
- Amherst College Summer Internships: List of summer undergraduate research opportunities.
- BioFind: For the latest news around the biotech industry.
- BioSpace: Online community for industry news and careers for life science professionals.
- Biotech Career Center: The Biotech Resources section is particularly useful.
- Columbia’s Department of Biology: List of summer undergraduate research programs.
- HireBio: Biotechnology jobs, learning resources, and career tools.
- HireRx: Pharmaceutical jobs, learning resources, and career tools.
- MedZilla: Services for employers and professionals in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, healthcare and science.
- Organization of Biological Field Stations: Provide living libraries and outdoor laboratories for students, researchers, and the general public interested in the environment.
- Society for Neuroscience: Home to a growing range of career resources available through SfN.
- American Chemistry Society: Job listings in the chemistry field.
- ChemJobs: A worldwide listing of chemical jobs.
- HireRx: Pharmaceutical jobs, learning resources, and career tools.
- Eco.org: A source for job candidates looking for green jobs.
- Environmental Health and Safety Careers: Jobs, talent acquisition and career information in the EH&S profession.
- GreenBiz: Jobs in renewable energy, clean tech, green building, sustainable businesses and more.
- Columbia’s Department of Biology: List of summer undergraduate research programs in Ecology.
- Green Corps: One year, full time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.
- Nature Jobs: A job database sponsored by the journal Nature.
- American Physical Society: Find physics job listings.
- American Institute of Physics: Physics Today jobs.
- Institute of Physics: An overview of jobs in the field.
- USAJobs and Making the Difference: Sources for federal jobs and internships.
- New Scientist Jobs: A job database sponsored by New Scientist magazine.
- Research Experience for Undergraduates: Work in the research programs at host institutions.
- ScienceCareers: A career resource for scientists sponsored by the AAAS.
Last updated December 2014