There are a wide range of science disciplines that contribute to a diverse set of career opportunities within this field. There are different ways in which your background and skills in science can contribute to the world of work:

  • Private Industry: Scientists work at companies such as in Consumer Products, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental Consulting, Health Care Providers, and Research Foundations.
  • Education & Academia: Professors and teachers work in higher, secondary and primary education.
  • Federal, State, or Local Government:  Scientists contribute to work at The Food & Drug Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NASA, or the National Institutes of Health.

Finding an On Campus Research Position

There are many opportunities to assist faculty members with research on campus and at other universities. Many positions are not advertised anywhere; it’s up to you to find a professor who would be open to taking on a student researcher. CCE’s tipsheet “Finding an Undergraduate Research Position” offers helpful advice and resources.

Opportunities for Columbia students to work at the forefront of innovative science research include: 

Columbia Resources

  • LionSHARE: CCE’s database of internships and full time jobs for students and alumni. Previous employers have included: Rockefeller University, American Institute for Research, MIT Lincoln Lab, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Heart Disease Research Foundation, Hospital for Special Surgery, and the Pacific Northwest National Lab.
  • CCE Career Fairs: CCE hosts a Fall Career Fair, Engineering Consortium Career Fair and Spring Career Fair each year. Attending employers included: Trinity Partners, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Regenron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Stryker, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA Langley Research Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NYU Langone Medical Center, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Celgene, and Weill Cornell Medical College.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering Program (STEP): STEP is one of CCE’s many internship programs that provide students with opportunities to connect with Columbia alumni and gain experience in science, technology and engineering.
  • Career Exploration for Ph.D’s: A tipsheet on where to look for employment and how to use your training/skills in the job search in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.
  • Vault & WetFeet Guides: Profiles industries, companies, and careers. Related resources include the Vault guide to Biotech and Wetfeet guide to Careers in Pharmaceuticals.
  • Columbia Alumni: Read profiles and get advice from Columbia alumni working in the field of science. 

Mentornet: Join to connect with a mentor in the STEM fields.

Student Clubs & Professional Associations:

  • The Chandler Society of Columbia University: The Chandler Society serves as a tribute to the spirit of American chemist Charles Frederick Chandler, continuing the great tradition of bringing people together with Chemistry.
  • Columbia Neuroscience Society: The Columbia Neuroscience Society aims to create a community among students with an interest in neuroscience.
  • Columbia Science Review: The mission of the Columbia Science Review is to increase knowledge and awareness of science and technology in the Columbia community, promote scientific literacy at Columbia, and promote student activities within the sciences.
  • Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal: Professional-level, open-access science journal that is committed to publishing manuscripts of the highest scholarship resulting from significant scientific research or outstanding analysis.
  • Society of Physics Students: Columbia University Chapter of the Society of Physics Students.

External Resources

Professional Associations

Internship/Job Posting Websites
Life Sciences

Chemistry

Environment

  • Eco.org: A source for job candidates looking for green jobs.
  • Environmental Health and Safety Careers: Jobs, talent acquisition and career information in the EH&S profession.
  • GreenBiz: Jobs in renewable energy, clean tech, green building, sustainable businesses and more.
  • Columbia’s Department of Biology: List of summer undergraduate research programs in Ecology.
  • Green Corps: One year, full time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.
  • Nature Jobs: A job database sponsored by the journal Nature

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