Spring Successes

With the semester coming to a close, our programming has just about wrapped up.  Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite highlights from this Spring. 

Industry DIversity On CAMPUS

Spring is the season for “just in time” hiring. Meaning, you’ll see a lot of diverse industries represented on campus – just look at our Industry Showcase line-up for example. We had Civil Engineering, Politics & Policy, Engineering, Book Publishing, and Sports Marketing. Additionally, our Columbia College (CC) and General Studies (GS) Dinner & Discussions and PhD Pathways brought alumni from fields ranging from entrepreneurship, law, non-profits, education, and public service just to name a few!

This semester we held Site Visits to some of the city’s top cultural institutions. We learned about working in curation and museum development during our visits to El Museo del Barrio and The New-York  Historical Society. We roudned out our Site Visits this Spring with a trip to Tribeca to see what life is like working in media planning at Horizon Media.

Our Career Fairs this semester also demonstrated that Columbia talent is sought by all industries. At our Spring Career Fair on February 17th, we had 133 companies representing 22 different industries. The Startup Career Fair on March 24th had 49 startups representing 18 different industries.  


Alumni gathered together at a career fair posing for a picture
Alumni are some of your best advocates and resources in the job search process. We are always thrilled to have alumni back on campus to share their professional experiences with current students. This spring we had our Alumni Mock Interview Nights where alumni from a variety of fields are matched with students based on industry of interest. One of our student participants shared that the real-world feedback was intergral in his preparation for an upcoming interview. 

“Great interviewer! He gave me hard questions and I asked for as much criticism as possible to help me learn. And indeed I did!”

At our Spring and Startup Career Fairs and Industry Showcases we welcomed back many alumni who are looking for fellow Columbians to work in their organizations. Our Dinner & Discussion panelists also gave great perspecitve on how your student experiences are transferrable in the workplace and how to use your time at Columbia to its fullest potential.

Software/TECH MOck Interviews

In February, we had current employees from Bloomberg, Google, Amazon, IBM Watson, Goldman Sachs Technology, and many more, come to campus to help students prepare for software interviews. Students participating were asked to send a job description for their ideal job, which was used to match students with their interviewer. In 45-minute sessions, students practiced whiteboard interview problems from the employers themselves. Over 90% of students felt that the practice made them more confident in their technical interviewing skills. 

“Thank you for the mock interview! I can’t belive CCE was able to match me with an alum in the exact same position I had sent a job posting for! Amazing!”