Site Visit Program
About the Site Visit Program
CCE’s Site Visit Program provides an interactive way to learn about careers with insider views into the work and culture of a variety of organizations and industries. Join CCE and a group of approximately 20 other students on a tour of an employer site, meet with professionals from the company and learn about career paths and opportunities within the field. We visit a wide range of employers (3-4 per semester) so that there is something for everyone, whether you are targeting a specific industry or looking to explore your options
Past visits include the American Museum of Natural History, NBCUniversal, the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomingdales, Thornton Tomasetti, and many others. Have an idea for a company you'd like to visit? Suggest an employer here.
Upcoming Site Visits
Register for our scheduled visits on our Events Calendar. For additional questions, please contact us at (212)854-5609. Coming up in the Spring 2016 semester:
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I sign up for an upcoming site visit?
Sign up via our Events Calendar.
What should I expect from a site visit?
You can expect to learn more about the organization, recruitment process and potential internship, volunteer and full time opportunities. Also, you will experience the company culture and network with HR personnel, staff members, and/or alumni working at the organization.
What is the dress code for visit?
Unless indicated by the particular visit, we encourage you to dress in business professional attire.
How can I make the most of a site visit?
- Prepare ahead of time: Spend some time learning about the organization through its website, read its career pages, and check for postings on LionSHARE. Also search for any recent news about the organization and know about its products and services. Prepare a list of questions and bring a pen and paper to take notes, which will help with any follow up.
- Arrive Early: Arrive 15 minutes early so that you have time to collect yourself and avoid rushing in at the last minute. Review directions to your site visit and allow extra driving time to anticipate rush-hour traffic. Timeliness is both a reflection of you and Columbia University.
- Act Professionally: Although a site visit is not an interview, your contribution on the day can lead to an ongoing relationship with the organization. Also, as a representative of Columbia University, you make a positive impression by showing an interest in the day’s activities and asking well-researched questions. This means you should not be using your cell phone or other devices during the site visit.
What is the site visit cancellation policy?
By registering for this event, you confirm your commitment to attend. The event is limited to a small group of students, and your registration means that another interested student is not able to attend. If you can no longer attend the event, you must cancel your registration by 5pm two business days prior to the event. If you do not attend or cancel your registration by this date, you will no longer be able to participate in the Site Visit Program for the remainder of the current semester.
Employers and Alumni: Interested in Hosting a Site Visit?
What is it?
Through the program, CCE brings a small group of Columbia University students to visit your location, and allows you to highlight and market unique aspects of your organization.
How would the day go?
The agenda for the day (often 2-3 hours total) is rather flexible, and we can work with you to create an outline that suits your preferences. Employers/alumni have typically used this as a chance to describe their organizations and discuss various career opportunities and their recruiting processes. Some have offered tours, delivered a talk that highlights innovation or topics of interest in their industry, or coordinated a staff panel to share their own backgrounds and advice. Some offer opportunities for students to mingle and network with staff before or after the session.
How many students should we expect?
Participation is typically limited to 20-25 students.
How does this benefit my company?
This is a great opportunity to develop brand recognition among the student body, market your internship and full-time job opportunities, and educate students on your hiring process and timeline. In addition, we actively promote your organization by incorporating your companies’ logo in all promotional materials for the event, including email advertisements, event flyers, and educational material during the event.
I am interested in participating in the site visit program. What should I do now?
Great! Please contact the Center for Career Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212)854-9167.