We recognize and celebrate the diversity represented in our student body. Our dedication to best serving all of our students led to new, creative programs for specific populations. We have strengthened partnerships with student groups and campus administrators to deliver awesome career-focused events for a variety of populations this year including first-in-family & low-income, LGBTQ, international students, veterans, students of color, and women in the workplace.

Students of Color Networking and Panel
Students at International Job Search event


We broke records this summer by administering over $1.1 million in Work Exemption Program (WEP) grants and summer funding awards to Columbia undergraduate students! A University-wide committee of administrators reviewed the largest pool of summer funding program applications received to date.  

$1.1 million was awarded to undergraduates pursuing unpaid or low-paid internships and research or volunteer opportunities. 

The students receiving summer funding program awards and WEP grants will be interning across the United States and even the globe in locations such as Jordan, China, Rwanda, Italy, and Ecuador.  We wish to sincerely thank our generous donors who financially support this program year after year!

Hundreds of employers and alumni connect with students On CAMPUS

Through our array of employer and alumni programming, we have hosted well over 500 employer representatives and alumni on campus for recruiting and informational events.  From career fairs hosting 120+ employers and 1,400 students to small discussions over dinner, our employer and alumni events always offer unique, exclusive professional and industry insights. 

Tech Connect employer shaking hands with students
Meetup for Master's alumni speaking with students

Our diverse employer and alumni relationships benefitted our 2017-2018 programs. We continued our Industry Showcase and PhD Pathways programs that highlight professionals in fields as varied as sports business, artificial intelligence, non-profits, healthcare, book publishing, and think tanks and international development … just to name a few! Additionally, we developed two new networking events this year for specific student populations — Tech Connect for software developers and the Career Meetup for Master’s for graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. 

In case you’ve missed any of these events, we have archived the key insights shared by our guest speakers and networkers on our blog, In the Know

Renovated RECEPTION AND LOUNGE space welcome students TO CCE

With a rennovation to our website in Spring 2017, it was only a matter of time before our physical space caught up. We launched this school year with a brand new lounge space in our center. The lounge has hosted many of our in-house networking events and workshops, thousands of Quick Question sessions, and a quiet place for students to study in between career counseling appointments. 

Student reading in the lounge


We often hear upperclassman say “I wish I had come to CCE sooner.” To prevent this regret, we launched our inaugural Summer Planning for First Years series this year and it was a great success! Our undergraduate career counselors set up shop in first-year resident halls to present tailored, internship-focused programming. Over 220 students attended our five Summer Planning for First Years programs this spring. An astounding 96% of the attendees had their first engagement with CCE through these sessions. We covered topics like your first internship search, reviewed resumes, provided headshots, and hosted a panel of upperclassman sharing their lessons learned.  Thank you to our Resident Life partners for making this program such a success! 

For 96% of attendees, the Summer Planning for First Years programs was their first engagement with CCE.

Students participating in workshop held in John Jay
Students listening to panel