Career Expo Information for Employers

Save the Date | Career Expo 2019: Saturday, March 30, 2019

The 2018 Career Expo took place on Saturday, March 24, 2018. from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Columbia University's Morningside Campus, 115th Street and Broadway, New York City. It is the largest journalism career fair in the country. Nearly 160 media companies from around the country and world attended to interview, mentor and hire the graduating class.

See the list of companies that participated in Career Expo 2018.


Employer Registration and Fees

The Career Expo is heavily underwritten by Columbia Journalism School to keep the price of attending low for employers. The cost to register your company is $175 for the first two recruiters and $25 for each additional recruiter. The registration fee includes: breakfast, lunch, all-day beverage service, table and chair rental, an electronic resume book, and our interview matching service.

Meet our Students

Whether you have jobs, internships, contract positions or are open to freelance story pitches now or in the future, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Columbia Journalism School.

The Journalism School is a graduate school at Columbia University that confers Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees to more than 300 students annually. Our students are a pluralistic, multilingual and multinational group with diverse life experiences, journalistic interests and skills. They will enrich your newsrooms and communities as they venture forth to tell deeper, more complete stories that matter. This year’s group includes military veterans, former lawyers, teachers and business analysts, recent undergraduates, journalists with significant experience and many others.

Our students are trained in reporting across all media platforms, with a range of skills, including video, photo, audio and digital production, investigative techniques, data-driven reporting, computer programming and audience engagement. New this year: All students graduate with a toolbox of investigative skills, including how to obtain and analyze public records and data and get information about individuals and groups using a variety of sources and social media for reporting and verification.

You’ll also meet students in our Master of Arts program who are journalists with prior experience now specializing in the coverage of business & economics; arts & culture; science or politics. Our M.A. students are trained in investigative techniques, internet forensics and data journalism. For more information, please visit this page.

Looking for computational journalists? Columbia’s two-year Computer Science + Journalism program will graduate another crop of M.S. students in May. These students are on the cutting edge of computational and data journalism under the guidance of statistician Mark Hansen, director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Additionally, Columbia has recently launched a one-year data specialization for students to learn reporting and writing skills alongside programming languages and data tools within the framework of the M.S. program. Students in this specialization produce an original, data-driven final masters project.  

You’ll also meet students in our Documentary Specialization, who take a third semester to produce a short documentary film.

Finally, you’ll meet our fellows in Columbia’s prestigious Knight-Bagehot program. These students are experienced business reporters and editors from across the country and world who take courses at Columbia Business School and other Columbia graduate schools to enhance their knowledge of economics, business and finance. For more information, please visit this page.

The Class of 2017 by the Numbers, as of Fall 2016:

268 Master of Science students (includes subsets of dual-degree students, data concentrators, third-semester documentary students, Stabile Fellows in Investigative Journalism)

50 Master of Arts students

10 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Business and Economics Journalism

47 Countries represented

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Among our U.S. citizen/permanent residents, about 25 percent identify as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Asian American. An additional 17 percent of our U.S./permanent residents self-identify as “other” and 25 percent declined to answer. Separately, about 43 percent of our student body is international.  


Hours, Location and Format

Where: Columbia’s Career Expo takes place at Roone Arledge Auditorium and Lerner Hall on Columbia’s Morningside Heights Campus, 115th Street and Broadway, New York City. For a campus map, see this page.

  • If you are taking the subway, Columbia University is on the 1 line (red) at 116th Street/Columbia University.  
  • If you’re driving, there is a parking garage on West 114th between Broadway and Amsterdam. To get there you must enter 114th Street from Broadway as 114th Street is an eastbound one-way street. We discourage street parking because meters in the neighborhood must be fed every two hours on Saturday and city enforcement is strict.

When: The Career Expo is an all-day event. Doors open at 8 a.m. for our Employer Breakfast. First interviews begin promptly at 9 a.m., so we urge our employers to be in position by 8:50 a.m.

Format:  We offer employers the choice of selecting all walk-up interviews or a combination schedule of customized appointments and an open walk-up period in the afternoon. For appointments, we match employers with students for a schedule of 20-minute interviews based on student preferences and the profile of special skills and expertise you tell us you are looking for in candidates when you register. The combination of matches and walk-ups is an efficient process that maximizes employers’ contact with potential applicants. It is a winning format that most employers like very much and have encouraged us to repeat year after year. However, some employers prefer walk-up interviews all day. Just let us know when you register.

Another unique feature of our Expo is the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. walk-up period. It’s a crucial part of the Expo that gives students open access to all employers. Every year, dozens of students find jobs, internships or freelance assignments as a result of a walk-up interview.

The Day’s Schedule:

8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. – Employer check-in at Lerner Hall’s Broadway Entrance, 115th and Broadway. At check-in, you’ll receive your interview schedule and table assignment and electronic or hard copy Resume Book (if ordered). Continental breakfast will be available in Lower Lerner Hall.

9 a.m. – Scheduled interviews begin promptly.

12:10 - 1:10 p.m. - Lunch at The Journalism School, a three-minute walk from Lerner Hall.

1:20 - 2 p.m. – Scheduled interviews continue.

2 - 5 p.m. – Walk-up interviews.

5 p.m. – Expo ends.  

Where to Ship Materials

Please ship magazines, newspapers, giveaway items or other materials to the attention of Julie Hartenstein, Career Services, Columbia Journalism School, 2950 Broadway, Room 104, New York, N.Y., 10027 for arrival by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019. You will find your boxes of materials on top of your table when you arrive the morning of the Career Expo. Flag one of us if you need help opening any of your boxes.

We are sorry, but space inside Roone Arledge Auditorium will not accommodate large banners and stands that some companies are accustomed to setting up at other events. To understand the room set-up, please watch this video. 


We will have a UPS station at the Expo in case you’d like to ship materials home. You’re responsible for the shipping costs. Please come with your company’s UPS account number.


Where to Stay

Please check this list of hotels near our campus:

Aloft Harlem

2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

New York, NY 10027


The Lucerne Hotel

201 W. 79th Street

(212) 875-1000

(800) 492-8122

(212) 579-2408 (fax)


The Hotel Beacon

2130 Broadway @75th Street

New York, NY  10023

(212) 787-1100

(800) 572-4969

(212) 7878119 (fax)


NYLO New York

2178 Broadway @77th Street

New York, NY  10024

(212) 362-1100


The Excelsior Hotel NYC

45 West 81st Street

New York, NY  10024

(212) 362-9200

(212) 580-3972 (fax)


Hotel Newton

2528 Broadway @96th Street

New York, NY  10028

(212) 678-6500

(800) 643-5553


Columbia-affiliated lodging; call for availability and minimum stay requirements


The Landmark Guest Rooms @ Union Theological Seminary

3041 Broadway @121st Street

New York, NY  10027

(212) 280-1313

(212) 280-1488

20 guest rooms


Teachers College

517 West 121st Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

New York, NY  10027

(212) 678-3235

15 guest rooms, all with private bath, minimum stay required

International House

500 Riverside Drive @122nd Street

New York, NY  10027

(212) 316-8473

11 guest rooms



Please contact interim Career Services Coordinator Lauren Mack at (212) 854-4422 or by email.