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Our team of experienced journalists guide students to be competitive in the job market. We offer one‐on‐one advising, a full calendar of career workshops and events, an annual Career Expo, extensive online resources and more.
Editors, producers and hiring managers consistently seek out our students and graduates to find the reporting and cutting-edge skills they need in their newsrooms. We meet one-on-one and guide students through every stage of the job-hunting process so they can find jobs and internships that make the best use of their skills and interests. Our students learn valuable career-building strategies including:
- How to write journalism-specific resumes and cover letters that best highlight their skills and prior experience
- An understanding of the profile, structure and kinds of positions available in multimedia newsrooms
- Ways to showcase selected work through social media and online portfolios
- Strategies to mine job opportunities, develop contacts and network
- How to preparing for and succeed in a job interview
- Negotiating offers
- How to pitch freelance work to editors
Our annual spring Career Expo is the biggest journalism job fair in the United States. With 150 companies and more than 300 recruiters attending, the Expo is open exclusively to graduating students at Columbia Journalism School. Editors, producers, reporters and hiring managers come from all over the country and world to interview, mentor and hire our students.
Following the event, we guide students as they build on their new contacts, manage follow‐up interviews, weigh offers and negotiate terms. The Expo is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime networking opportunity where professional relationships start and continue for years to come.
Every year our students have the opportunity to compete for a range of exclusive paid post‐graduate fellowships. These include yearlong reporting and editing fellowships based at the Journalism School and a number of shorter‐term fellowships at some of the most prestigious news organizations in the U.S. and overseas.
Currently, Columbia sponsors ambitious yearlong reporting projects – the Energy and Environment fellowship and The Teacher Project covering education – plus several yearlong assistant editorships at the Columbia Journalism Review. Within the industry, students can apply for exclusive internships at ABC News, The Alaska Dispatch News, the BBC, ClimateWire, Frontline, The Wall Street Journal and other companies. Opportunities evolve every year.
The Office of Career Development works throughout the year to connect employers with our students and alumni for paid internships, freelance opportunities and jobs. We offer several resources to employers including:
- Free accounts on JobNews: our password‐protected job listing database
- MEET THE MEDIA: brown bag sessions with students
- Interview days on campus
- Promoting jobs and internships to students and alumni
- Career Expo: the largest journalism job fair in the country
Employers, who would like to connect with us or visit the campus to meet our students are encouraged to email Assistant Director Izabela Rutkowski or call her at 212-854‐4422.
Columbia students benefit from a vast and loyal alumni network like no other in journalism. Journalism School alumni occupy many top jobs in newsrooms and frequently “pay it forward” by reaching out to their alma mater to fill positions. More recent alumni are also generous in offering guidance and connections. Throughout your time at Columbia, you’ll develop career-building skills and networks that will help you for years to come.
Our password-protected website resources and JobNews database are permanently available to graduates. Website resources include job-hunting guides, employer contacts and advice from editors and alumni. Columbia students also have access to an alumni directory after graduation and receive other ongoing privileges in association with the school.
Our Career Development team of former working journalists will expertly guide you in all aspects of your job hunt.
Julie Hartenstein Associate Dean
Julie Hartenstein joined the Career Development team after teaching broadcast journalism and video storytelling at the Journalism School for several years. Prior to coming to Columbia she spent 18 years at ABC News in a variety of positions, including field producer and story development editor at Nightline, World News, 20/20 and Good Morning America. She specializes in working with students focusing on broadcast journalism, video and digital production.
Gina Boubion Director
Gina Boubion worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Philadelphia Daily News and the San Jose Mercury News, and has written stories and fiction for Brides, Latina, The Antioch Review and others. She advises students on writing for magazines, newspaper and online. She holds an M.S. from Medill School of Journalism, an M.F.A. from Bennington College and taught journalism at New York University.
Elena Cabral Director, Student Affairs
Elena Cabral is a 1999 graduate of the Journalism School and a former reporter at The Miami Herald. Cabral advises students in newspaper, digital journalism and Spanish‐language media and works with the computer science/journalism dual degree students. She also directs the school's part‐time program, teaches reporting and advises the student chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Izabela Rutkowski Assistant Director
Izabela Rutkowski, a 2013 graduate of the Journalism School, is a former reporter for Polska Gazeta, a Polish language daily, the New York Daily News and Consumer Reports. She coordinates the annual Career Expo, oversees the office’s programming, serves as a liaison for students and employers and maintains job and internship databases.