Faculty & Administrators

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Dossier Service? How can I find out more information on using the Dossier Service?

A dossier consists of letters of reference and other credentials that speak to a candidate’s scholarship, research interests and teaching experience. A dossier is specifically used in applying for teaching positions at either the secondary level or college level and for fellowship applications. The Center for Career Education Dossier Service maintains letters of recommendation for students and alumni in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, graduate students of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of General Studies, and School of the Arts. Students and alumni of Columbia College and undergraduates of the School of Engineering and Applied Science maintain their dossier files through the Center for Student Advising. Students who are interested in using the Dossier Service can visit the Dossier Service section of our website or can call 212-854-3376 or 212-854-9464 with any questions.

As a faculty advisor, can I refer students to CCE? What programs and services are available to my student advisees? Are there industry or discipline specific career resources in my field to assist students?

Faculty advisors are encouraged to refer their students to the Center for Career Education with any career-related questions. CCE runs numerous programs throughout the semester for students interested in a wide range of industries and career paths. In addition to our annual career fairs, CCE presents industry-specific workshops, Power Half Hours which are quick introductions to basic skills such as resume writing and interviewing, and site visits to companies such as Pepsi, MTV, and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Every day during the semester, the Center for Career Education offers walk-in hours between 1 – 4 pm where students can meet with a counselor for a 10-minute meeting to discuss a resume or get advice on an upcoming interview. Counselors also offer longer career appointments and provide services such as video taped practice interviews. Additionally, CCE maintains an up-to-date library of industry-specific tipsheets, periodicals, and other publications to aid students in their job search. Students are also encouraged to investigate the Career Resources section of our website.

I keep in contact with a number of former students who now have careers in my field. I also have other employer contacts as well. How can I share this information with CCE? What can CCE do to cultivate relationships with employers and alumni to increase career development and professional opportunities for current students in my department or school?

CCE offers several ways for employers and alumni to become involved with students. CCE's LinkedIn group, Columbia Career Connections, allows alumni to connect with other alumni and students who may be interested in learning more about an industry.

The Employer and Alumni Relations team is dedicated to helping employers recruit qualified undergraduate and graduate students and alumni for full- and part-time employment and internships by providing full-service recruiting assistance. The department is also responsible for cultivating and maintaining new positive relationships with employers, coordinating on and off campus recruiting events including on-campus interviews and career fairs, and overseeing full-time and internship listings. Each semester the department oversees on campus recruiting with hundreds of organizations, company presentations, and career fairs. If you are interested in learning more about recruiting opportunities at Columbia, please visit Recruiting at Columbia.

I have an idea for a career development program that would benefit students in my department or school. How can I partner with CCE to co-sponsor an event? What kind of support can CCE offer?

The Center for Career Education is always open to collaboration for career-related events and programs and has worked with other departments, student organizations on campus and outside organizations to co-present events and programs. It is best to set up an in-person meeting with one of the senior staff members at CCE to discuss your idea for collaboration. Please call 212-854-3376 to schedule a meeting.