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 to access club resources, career opportunities, and social support!
  • American Corporate Partners:  ACP will connect you with a mentor and networking opportunities to meet business professionals from a variety of industries @ACPUSA.
  • FourBlock: Connect with other student-veterans and develop networking skills. This career readiness program for Post 9/11 veterans equips you with tools to build connections to open paths to the best careers possible for you. @FourBlock.

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 @LimeConnect.
  • 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.  See the related site Task & Purpose for additional articles on news, culture, and entertainment for the veterans community. @HigherPurposeJobs
  • Military-Civilian Career Coaching Connection (MC4): Private LinkedIn group for 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring on transition to civilian life and careers.
  • 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 one hour before the Undergraduate Career Fair (early in Fall semester) and the Spring Career Fair.  The Veteran Career Fair Tours 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 

You will also gain early access to the career fair. 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.  

  • 100,000 Jobs Mission: Explore this coalition of companies from a wide range of industries, committed to hire veterans.
  • 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 @ValueOfaVeteran.
  • Virtual Career Fair: Provides real-time access to industry leading employers through virtual career fairs.

Creative Resources

  • Arts in the Armed Forces: AITAF honors the military by engaging, inspiring, and educating them through exposure to the power and service of the performing arts. @AITAF
  • Combat Paper New Jersey Community-based art practice which conducts transformative paper-making workshops, teaching veterans how to make paper from uniforms.  @CombatPaperNJ
  • VeteranArtistProgram: Foster, Encourage and Promote Veteran Artists. Propelling veterans into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, mentorship, collaborations, and original productions. @VetArtistProg
  • Veterans in Film and Television: Networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry. @VFTLA
  • The Veterans Writing Project:  Provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and military family members. So what’s your story? O-Dark-Thirty is the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project @VeteransWriting.

Community & Community Service Projects 

  • Team Rubicon: Provides our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Connect on Facebook and Twitter @TeamRubicon.
  • The Mission Continues: Offers the opportunity for veterans and civilians to give back to their community in a collective effort, through one day projects or a long-term action-oriented service programs.  Join one of the three platoons in New York @missioncontinue.
  • GotYourSix: Campaign that unites veteran-focused nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners to empower veterans and strengthen communities across the country. DC | LA | NYC @GotYourSix
  • Task & Purpose: News and culture site covering news, culture, and entertainment for the military and veterans community. Affiliated with HirePurpose career advice, counseling and job postings. @TaskandPurpose

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