Center for Career Education (CCE)
The Center for Career Education is the central career office for students and alumni. The professional staff of the Center for Career Education aid students and alumni, through individual group counseling, to evaluate personal abilities, explore occupational areas, decide on a career direction, organize a job search, prepare for interviews and develop a résumé. Career panels, summer internships and an alumni career network are also available. Career counselors can often provide information on summer internship programs in federal, state, and municipal government.
Students who wish to use the services of the Center must be full-time degree candidates or have completed at least 12 points of study at Columbia.
The Center for Career Education is located in the East Campus building, Lower Level. The office is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For additional information or questions, visit the Center's website or call (212) 854-5609.
Job and Internship Listings
Students register with LionShare to gain access to full-time listings, internships and part-time jobs.
Student Employment On and Off Campus
Students who need to cover some of their expenses by working part-time during the academic year, or either part or full-time during the summer, should visit the Center for Career Education. The Center acts as an intermediary between persons in the University community seeking employment and potential employers who list available positions with the Center. The facilities of the Center are available to all registered students.
Positions are available in many academic and administrative departments during the school year and summer. Skilled and unskilled jobs are offered primarily during regular business hours; however, some evening and weekend shifts are available.
Off-Campus Temporary Positions
Students should register for temporary positions after class schedules are fixed because many jobs have definite hour specifications. Temporary positions available through the Center generally entail between ten and fifteen hours of work a week, often three to four hour sequences. Schedules vary with individual employers. Evening and weekend positions are also available. Jobs are located in midtown or downtown Manhattan and require commuting from the campus. The rate of pay varies depending on the job. There are a wide variety of jobs ranging from high-level computer programming and analysis to apartment or animal sitting. There are also many positions requiring office skills or foreign language capability.
Off-Campus Summer Positions
A wide variety of part and full-time positions are available, depending upon the applicant’s education and experience. Those interested in obtaining summer positions should visit the Center as early as possible in the spring semester.
Employer and Alumni Relations Office
The Recruiting Office manages a large on campus recruitment program that includes non-profit and for-profit employers. Students must register with the office to participate. The office has current full-time position listings and manages the off campus recruitment program. For more information, visit the Employer and Alumni Relations webpage or contact CCE at 212-854-5609.
Graduate Student Services
Information about full and part-time teaching and administrative positions in colleges, universities, and independent schools are available at the Center for Career Education’s Graduate Student Services office. It is recommended that a candidate for a teaching position open a credentials file in the early fall of the year of his or her availability for employment. The interested student or alumnus/a should make an appointment with a member of the professional staff by calling the Center for Career Education at 212-854-5609. The Graduate Student Services office is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Career Resource Center Library
The Career Resource Center Library contains occupational information, educational directories, government and industrial recruiting literature, a wide selection of domestic and foreign university catalogs, résumé guides, some fellowship and scholarship information, and other pertinent material. For more information and hours, call the Center for Career Education at 212-854-5609 or visit their website.
Federal Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program is an employment program for students in need of financial assistance. Matriculated students who are U.S. citizens (or who have permanent resident status) should verify their eligibility for the program by consulting Student Financial Planning, Columbia University, 208 Kent Hall, MC 9208, 1140 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, before applying for positions. A student’s FAFSA form must be on file with Student Financial Planning for determination of eligibility. (See the section of this bulletin titled “Financial Aid” for more information regarding the FAFSA). For more information, visit www.columbia.edu/cu/sfs/docs/Federal_Work-Study_Student_Employment.
Under current regulations, students may work up to twenty hours per week, earning from $12 to $20 per hour depending on the nature of the job and their skills (Work-Study Wage Range). Employment usually begins about two weeks after classes start in the fall and ends in the first week of May. Depending on the availability of funds, students may be able to work full-time during vacation periods in the academic year, and full-time employment is usually available for the summer, with the summer working period beginning in early July. Incoming students may begin work-study employment in September. Most positions are administrative or research oriented and are located in University offices. However, there are some off-campus positions, including internships and field work.
Work-Study funds for School of the Arts students are limited. Students are responsible for monitoring their funds and adhering to School of the Arts Work-Study deadlines. School of the Arts Work-Study policies information is included in admissions packets or from the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, 305 Dodge Hall.
Students eligible for the Work-Study Program may be able to work in an internship capacity for various off-campus non-profit arts organizations. Employers have included the National Writer’s Voice, Bank Street School, Second Stage Theatre, Parnassus, Film Society at Lincoln Center, and the Paris Review. Openings for these jobs are posted by email to School of the Arts students when they become available. Students may propose nonprofit organizations for consideration to the Office of Student Affairs, 305 Dodge Hall.
School of the Arts Artists' Resource Center (ARC)
The Artists’ Resource Center and Office of SoA Career Services is located at the School of the Arts Dean’s Office in 305 Dodge Hall. This artist-oriented center tailors career development programs and services to meet the needs of students from the School of the Arts. The primary goal is to provide services and artists’ resources that will thoroughly prepare students for successful careers in professional practice, teaching, producing and many other opportunities. The office, working in conjunction with Columbia’s Center for Career Education, offers a complete range of resources and career services including career development workshops, internship programs, mentorship programs and job search services. Students also have the opportunity to more fully experience their craft of choice by participating in one of the many professional development programs offered within each of the school’s four programs.
The ARC website provides updated information on funding and professional development opportunities. Students and alumni can access the site to search for scholarships, grants, fellowships, residencies and employment. This database is only accessible by matriculated students.