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 number of ways, such as:
- Conducting mock interviews with students
- Volunteering as a panelist or speaker
- Networking online
- Posting job and internship opportunities
- Providing job shadowing and mentorship
- Being an industry expert
- Sending us your profile
Contact Courtney Como, Executive Director of Employer & Alumni Relations, for more details on any of the below opportunities or to learn more about how to volunteer today!
Help current students prepare for thier upcoming interviews by practicing questions like "Tell me about yourself" and "Tell me what you learned from this experience" during three evening sessions on campus, which are held near the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Please consider joining us especially if you have ever played the role of a recruiter or hired in your own organization; your feedback can make a huge difference students. Hear recent alumni interviewers take on why you should join us for future mock interviewing nights below!
Throughout the year, CCE and other offices and groups on campus host career networking opportunities and panels for students and alumni. In addition, CCE hosts alumni-to-alumni networking events in collaboration with other groups across campus. Some recurring opportunities that alumni can volunteer for through CCE include: Career Workshops, Industry Showcases, and the Columbia College Dinner Series.
Columbia Career Connections on LinkedIn
Make yourself available for current students and alumni for online career networking through CCE's own LinkedIn group.
We are always looking for Columbia alumni who would like to champion the hiring of Columbia students at their respective organizations. Alumni understand the value of the Columbia educational experience and are critical for establishing relationships with hiring decision makers. Our Employer & Alumni Relations 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. Employers may also access our LionSHARE employment database powered by Handshake, by going to columbia.joinhandshake.com and registering for an account.
Columbia Externship Program
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 two to four 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.
Alumni have the opportunity to be a mentor through a number of programs run
by the CCE each summer. 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
The Columbia College Alumni Sponsored Student Internship Program is an opportunity for Columbia College sophomores and juniors to gain valuable internship experience during the summer. 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
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 during the summer. Students will intern in the NYC area as well as nationwide for approximately 8-10 weeks.
Columbia Experience Overseas 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, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore. Since 2007, 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, the Summer CCE Network connects current Columbia 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 to be available as a resource to the student and possibly attend an event or two.
Professionals in Residence
The Professional in Residence program allows 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.
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 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.