The Columbia Exploration Externship (CEE) is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain exposure to the professional world early in your college career. Externships are held in the greater New York City area during spring break week and can connect you with a variety of industries.
As a first-year student, there are many ways to build experience through internships, research, volunteering, student club activities, and on-campus jobs. Here are a handful of opportunities to get started.
A career fair is a place where employers and job seekers can come together to talk about internship and job opportunities. Click on the links or watch the video below to help you make the most of a career fair!
No two job or internship searches will look exactly alike. In creating your search strategy, you’ll want to build in time for research, planning, polishing your professional image, and relationship-building, in addition to applying, interviewing, and following up.
You’ve generated a store of self-knowledge about your identities, interests, values, personality traits, and skills through our Explore activities or your reflection. Now, how do you connect this information to career options—specific industries, job functions, and organizations you might be interested in?
Research shows that the people most satisﬁed in their careers are those who work in jobs that closely align with their interests, values, skills, and personality traits. Self-assessment, to understand yourself, is the first step in this process.
A “gap year” is a common way that recent graduates gain practical experience, explore a new industry or personal interest, travel, and prepare for graduate school exams before going to graduate school.
Whether or not you were able to attend our recent Diversity Micro Career Fair, these next steps will help you further assess diversity initiatives in the workplace. You will also find additional Diversity Recruitment Programs you can still apply to!Read more
Graduate school often comes up indirectly in our one-on-one career counseling appointments with students. Yet we often find that when we offer further support on graduate school planning, students...Read more
October was a busy month at CCE, with a slate of 14 career fairs, alumni panels, coffee chats, and workshops to help students explore industries and careers through conversations with employers and...Read more
We saw significant professional development in the Navab fellows throughout the summer as they were supported in their internships. Learn more about the student experience and some of the employers that participated in the summer of 2020!Read more
While the job search is unique to each individual, tools like LinkedIn and LionSHARE optimize your job search — enabling you to find job or internship postings, research companies, engage with professionals in your field of interest and apply for relevant jobs.Read more
By JOanna Bubilek , Assistant Director, Employer and Alumni Relations In the past months, the whole world has had to pause and adapt to the new circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. No...Read more
At the end of every program, the Experiential Education team provides students in the spring internship programs a chance to reflect on their time in the program through reflection sessions. Students in each program spent time with the coordinator and employer relations partner to share insights, craft resume bullets, and articulate their skills and competencies gained throughout the semester in small groups.Read more
Relationships are essential, both in and out of work. Now more than ever the world is feeling the need for and the power of relationships. Understanding the relationships in your world of work is an...Read more
We know that this is a very difficult and uncertain time. Everyone is experiencing some effect of COVID-19 on school, work, and life. So, how do we take this in stride, be optimistic and productive...Read more
By PETE BRIDGE In November, we traveled to Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina to connect with employers from the biotech, startup, and healthcare spaces in the region. These conversations focused on...Read more
Tech talents come together to connect at Columbia On Friday, October 4, 2019, the Center for Career Education welcomed 38 employers to Alfred Lerner Hall for the third annual Tech Connect event.Read more
114 employers visited Columbia to connect with undergraduates On Friday, September 13 th the Center for Career Education welcomed 114 employers to Alfred Lerner Hall for the 2019 Undergraduate Career...Read more
By Leslie Findling & Pete Bridge In May, we took a trip to the West Coast to attend the 2019 URx Conference: Better Together , which connected career services teams with university recruiters...Read more
CCE held its Publishing Industry Showcase on April 2, 2019 and hosted 70 undergraduate and graduate students for learning and networking. Our amazing lineup of panelists and other participating...Read more
These 5 Tips Can Help You Start Planning Your First Summer Our Spring 2019 Summer Planning for First-Years series kicked off with a student panel the first Friday of classes. Moderated by panel...Read more
Your Social Science Research and Analysis Skills Can Help You Find the Right Job For You By Tracy McGarry , Undergraduate Career Development Your skills as a social scientist can help you not only on...Read more
How to Apply Humanities Mindsets to Your Career Development By Sarah Goldberg , Undergraduate Career Development We’ve talked in previous posts about how to leverage humanities skills like close...Read more
Sometimes employers decide to host more informal conversations to get to know you, your background, and provide information to you as a candidate such as company culture, job and internship opportunities.Read more
Canada is seeking to bring in 1 million immigrants by 2020! So this fall the Consulate General of Canada in New York came to our campus to speak to our undergraduate and graduate students as well as...Read more
The snowstorm didn’t stop us! The OMA lounge in Lerner was full of students and we dug into delicious hot food together as we waited for our alumni, who battled train delays and biting winds to join...Read more
Our Gift to You: Read, Watch, Listen- Winter Break Edition ‘Tis the season to catch up on your Netflix and cross some books off your ever-growing Must Read list. The Center for Career Education wants...Read more
On October 17th, we hosted an amazing panel of five alumni who shared their experiences being out in the workplace. Sitara Herur, a GS student and leader within the LGBTQ student community at...Read more
If writing puts you in the zone and helps you clarify your thoughts, think about tapping into this talent for exploring career possibilities. Here’s a short list of our favorite writing activities to start creating your career story.Read more
On Monday, October 29 th , CCE, First-In-Family Programs, the Academic Success Program, and FLIP co-sponsored an event called Telling Your Story as a First Generation or Low-Income Student – Alumni Panel and Networking. It was an opportunity to hear from alumni about the ways in which their identity played a role in successfully navigating Columbia and the job search and how experiences inside and outside the classroom gave them skills that employers seek.Read more
Your close reading skills, honed in University Writing and your humanities coursework, can be an invaluable tool in your job-search process. We’ll be talking about how to use close reading to understand the structure and purpose of job postings, narrow down your career interests, and create tailored application documents and interview stories that showcase your preparedness for and interest in the role. The first in a series on Humanities Skills for the Job Search.Read more
How to Do Good with a Career in Healthcare From consulting and advertising to development programs, diverse opportunities in the Healthcare industry allow you to make a difference. Over 150...Read more
119 Employers Came to Columbia to Connect with Engineering Students On Friday, September 28th, 119 employers across engineering disciplines came to Lerner Hall for the Engineering Career Fair (ECF). Over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, General Studies, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences were in attendance to meet with employer representatives.Read more
Congratulations on declaring your major! Now that you’ve begun to narrow down your academic focus, you may be starting to think about ways to explore bringing your academic interests to the...Read more
It’s important to take time to reflect after you finish an experience, whether they are summer internships, research, or part-time jobs. We recently met with the student participants of the CCE Sponsored Internship Programs in several reflection sessions and wanted to highlight a few ways you can reflect on your own experience.Read more
113 Employers Came to Columbia to Connect with Undergraduate Students On Friday, September 14 th the Center for Career Education welcomed 113 employers to Alfred Lerner Hall for the Undergraduate...Read more
What does the financial industry look like beyond the bulge bracket banks? More than 250 students had the opportunity to meet with 15 companies at the Beyond the Bulge Bracket Industry Showcase on...Read more
Summer break is quickly approaching! We know that you’ve been working hard to succeed inside the classroom and outside as well, so we hope you are preparing for a relaxing, and productive upcoming summer. Here are some tips on how current first-years can develop professionally during your summer break from Columbia, keeping in mind some of the core competencies of your Columbia journey:Read more
On Friday, February 2nd we kicked off our Site Visit program for the spring semester with a trip to Bloomberg News. Our hosts were gracious Columbia alumni, Janet Lorin and Nick Summers. They...Read more
By Laura Maltz , Senior Associate Director , Experiential Education Learning how to pivot As a career counselor and program manager on the Experiential Education team at the Center for Career...Read more
Over sixty first-year CC, SEAS, and GS students gathered in John Jay Lounge last Friday for the My First Summer Student Panel, the first of four events in the Summer Planning for First-Years workshop...Read more