Career Expo 2017: Saturday, April 1
Career Expo 2017 will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, 115th and Broadway, New York City. It is the largest journalism career fair in the country. Last year, 150 media companies from around the country and world attended to interview, mentor and hire the Class of 2016. As in past years, we expect the Career Expo to fill to capacity, so please register early to guarantee your company’s participation. See the list of Expo 2016 companies.
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 will be $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 and economics; arts & culture; science, environment and medicine; or politics and global affairs. 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 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 St/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 from Broadway as 114th 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 walkup interviews or a combination schedule of customized appointments and an open walkup 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 walkups 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 - 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. Thursday, March 30. You will find your boxes of materials on top of your table when you arrive the morning of the 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 FedEx boxes and mailing labels at the Expo in case you’d like to ship materials home. You’re responsible for the shipping costs. We’ll arrange the pick-up.
Where to Stay
Please check this list of hotels near our campus:
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
The Lucerne Hotel
201 W. 79th Street
(212) 579-2408 (fax)
The Hotel Beacon
2130 Broadway @75th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 7878119 (fax)
Days Hotel on Broadway
215 W. 94th St.
New York, NY 10025
The Excelsior Hotel NYC
45 West 81st Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 580-3972 (fax)
New York, NY 10028
Columbia-affiliated lodging; call for availability and minimum stay requirements
The Landmark Guest Rooms @ Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027
20 guest rooms; clean, spare and quiet
517 West 121st Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam
15 guest rooms, all with private bath; minimum stay required
500 Riverside Drive at 122nd Street
11 guest rooms