Micro Career Fair Series

Our micro career fairs are recruiting and networking events designed to help you connect with employers and opportunities in your industries of interest.

We hold 7–9 micro career fairs per year across a wide range of industries, in partnership with student groups. In addition to our industry-specific events, we also host micro career fairs focused on diversity recruitment programs and leadership development and rotational programs.

Panelists speaking to students

What to Expect at a Micro Career Fair

Like a regular career fair, micro career fairs are a place to make connections with representatives from companies. They differ in that a micro career fair is usually a smaller event with fewer students and companies represented. That said, the employer list is focused on one industry.

Each micro career fair features a variety of employers within one field. These representatives are all looking to meet and recruit Columbia students. Whether you’re starting to explore or have identified specific opportunities of interest, these events are a great way to engage with employers and learn about current or future opportunities at their organization.

All micro career fairs will provide you the opportunity to network with employers in one-on-one or small-group settings.

On the Handshake platform, after registering for the event, you’ll sign up in advance for meeting slots with specific employers. Employers may offer both 10-minute one-on-one meetings and 30-minute group sessions, with audio, video, and text-based chat options. After the fair, you’ll be able to see the list of sessions you attended and use Handshake to continue to engage with employers.

Panelists at showcase

How to Prepare for a Micro Career Fair

When attending a recruiting event, your preparedness can help you stand out to employers.

To prepare, we recommend reading about the participating employers, conducting research into your organizations of interest, and preparing a tailored introduction, questions, and industry-specific version of your resume.

Our more in-depth tips on how to prepare, navigate, and follow up after a virtual career fair and networking events can help you make the most of these events.

Learn more about Upcoming and past Events

For a full list of upcoming micro career fairs, please visit our Events Calendar.

You can also read recaps of past events, including tips and advice from industry panelists, on our blog, In the Know.

More Information about Past Companies Represented

Read on for a sample of past participating employers as well as recaps of recent micro career fairs and industry-focused recruiting events.

Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations

  • Criterion Global
  • eMarketer
  • L’Oreal
  • Live Nation Entertainment
  • Metric Theory
  • Small Girls PR
  • Zazil Media Group
  • Zeno Group

Read more about the 2018 and 2017 events.


  • Alton Aviation Consultancy
  • Back Bay Life Science Advisors
  • Capgemini Invent
  • Cornerstone Research
  • GEP
  • Marakon
  • OC&C Strategy Consultants
  • Simon-Kucher & Partners

Read more about the 2019 and 2018 events.

Diversity Recruiting

  • Accenture
  • Citi
  • Facebook
  • Mastercard
  • Nasdaq
  • Pfizer
  • Sotheby’s
  • U.S. Department of State

Read our tips on preparing for and reflecting after a diversity recruitment event.

Financial Services (BOUTIQUE FINANCE)

  • Brown Advisory
  • Canaccord Genuity
  • Capital One
  • D.A. Davidson & Co.
  • Earnest Research
  • Rothschild & Co.
  • SMBC
  • StepStone Group

Read more about the 2019 and 2018 events.


  • BGB Group
  • Broad Institute
  • CBPartners
  • Crossix Solutions
  • Grant Thornton
  • Havas Health & You
  • LifeSci NYC Internship Program

Read more about the 2019 and 2018 events.

Policy and Politics

  • Asia Society
  • Atlantic Media (Government Executive, National Journal)
  • Global Health Strategies
  • Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
  • National Commitee on American Foreign Policy
  • NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity
  • The Brennan Center for Justice
  • World Policy Institute

Read more about the 2019 and 2018 events.


  • Bustle.com
  • Hachette Book Group
  • Hearst Magazines
  • Insider, Inc.
  • Macmillan Publishing
  • Penguin Random House
  • Quarto Publishing Group
  • Wylie Agency

Read more about the 2019 and 2018 events.


  • BSE Global (Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment)
  • ESPN
  • GMR Marketing
  • Major League Baseball
  • National Basketball Association
  • Scout Sports and Entertainment (Horizon Media)
  • Wasserman
  • Yahoo Sports (Verizon Media)

Read more about the 2018 event.