We look forward to partnering with you as you explore career options or continue your professional development! CCE offers resources and services tailored to you, including: 

  • Career Advising & Skill Development Programs
  • Connections to Employers & Alumni 
  • Jobs & Internships

We’re here to guide you through each step of the process. On this page, read about the many resources available to you as a student veteran:

  • find employers who value military experience
  • create a ‘civilian-friendly’ resume
  • connect with a mentor
  • join networking organizations 

3 Key Resources for Networking and Mentoring

Connect with your peers, employers, and alumni early and often to build relationships and learn about potential career paths. Start here: 

  • U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets):  Join the MilVets student group to connect with a community of student veterans at Columbia University. Milvets provides military veterans with resources, opportunities, and support at Columbia University, in order to facilitate a successful education and to provide a strong foundation for years to come.
  • American Corporate Partners:  ACP will connect you with a mentor and networking opportunities to meet business professionals from a variety of industries.
  • FourBlock: Bridging the divide between transitioning veterans and the business community. FourBlock’s career readiness program equips veterans to pursue careers that fit their calling; connect with other student-veterans and develop networking skills.

Columbia Resources for Student Veterans

Develop a “Civilian-Friendly” Resume

Come in and see how we can support you.  We’ll help you to adapt your resume language to compete for jobs and internships outside of the military.

Use these tools below to translate your military experience and military occupation codes (MOC) into civilian terms:

Disabilities and the Workplace

In addition to Disability Services at Columbia University, check out these national organizations to connect with opportunities, resources, and information.  

  • Lime Connect: Prepare for and connect to scholarships, internships, and full-time careers. Lime Connect works with corporate partners to rebrand disability through achievement.
  • Warriors to Work: Match your skills and experience to the needs of hiring managers through this career support program of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Job Search Resources — General

  • LionSHARE: Our online database is available exclusively to students and alumni served by the Center for Career Education (CCE).  
    • Fill out your profile and career interests to see relevant opportunities.
    • Sign up for career fairs and other events to meet employers & alumni, develop skills or explore interests.
    • Find out when employers will be on-campus for information sessions, industry showcases, career fairs or on-campus interviews.
    • Read about specific organizations in the company directory.
    • Search internship and job postings.
  • LinkedIn Premium — Free premium careers subscription for a year including LinkedIn learning. See eligibility details.
  • Career One Stop Veteran and Military Transition Center: One-stop website for employment, training and financial help. Use the Military-to-Civilian Job Search tool to find jobs based on skills and experiences you gained in the military.
  • Hire Heroes USA: Job postings and resources to empower veterans to succeed in the civilian workforce. Partner organizations offer free training opportunities or scholarships for training programs
  • HirePurpose: Job postings and career advice from veterans with civilian recruiting experience. 
  • Hire Veterans: Connects U.S. Military Veterans with civilian careers. Use this to find jobs, employers, job fairs or job news relating to veteran hiring initiatives.
  • Mynextmove.org: Investigate career possibilities and identify job titles. Explore with keywords, browse industries, or search by military classification code.

Job Search Resources — Veteran-Friendly Employers

CCE Veteran Career Fair Tours

In partnership with the GS Veterans Initiative, CCE leads guided tours for student veterans  to select CCE Career Fairs.  The Veteran V.I.P. Tour and Career Fair Previews are an educational opportunity to:

  • meet employers before the fair starts
  • get tips on how to best approach employer tables 
  • learn how to highlight skills gained through your military & academic experiences 

Please sign up in advance. Contact gsvets@columbia.edu for information.

Veterans Hiring Initiatives

In addition to the resources listed below, many organizations have Veterans hiring initiatives.  Search employer websites for “veteran” or check their diversity pages.  

  • HIRE Vets Medallion Program: US Department of Labor’s program that awards employers who are committed to hiring veterans. You can view the list of awardees by geographic location.
  • Military Friendly: List of the top 100 veteran-friendly employers, compiled by Victory Media and updated annually.
  • The Value of a Veteran: Connect with employers who value and support military service.
  • Virtual Career Fair: Provides real-time access to industry leading employers through virtual career fairs.

Creative Resources

  • Arts in the Armed Forces: honors the military by engaging, inspiring, and educating them through exposure to the power and service of the performing arts.
  • CreatiVets:  empowers wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music. Podcast host guests from the veteran, music and arts communities. 
  • Frontline Arts: connects communities through socially engaging arts practices rooted in papermaking and printmaking. 
  • Veterans in Media & Entertainment: unites and empowers military veterans working in entertainment and media. 
  • Military Veterans in Journalism: builds community for vets, supports career growth, and advocates for diversifying newsrooms through hiring and promoting more vets.
  • The Veterans Writing Project:  provides no-cost creative writing and songwriting workshops for veterans and their family members.  O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of Veterans Writing Project.

Community & Community Service Projects 

  • Minority Veterans of America: transforming the narrative of the American veteran. Creating community and delivering culturally informed programming. 
  • Team Rubicon: veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises. 
  • The Mission Continues: empowers a movement of veteran-led volunteers to become community leaders and transform under-resourced communities in 40+ cities nationwide, through one day projects or  long-term action-oriented service programs.
  • Task & Purpose: news, culture and analysis by and for the military community.
  • Women Veterans Alliance:  national network focused the overall well-being of women veterans.  Creates community through women veteran networking groups, events, and national conferences.