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A team of experienced journalists guiding students to be competitive in the job market. Offering one‐on‐one advising, a full calendar of career workshops and events, an annual Career Expo, extensive online resources and more.
The Office of Career Development trains, supports and aggressively advocates for every student regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, religion, disability, academic and extracurricular interest, family circumstance, sexual orientation, gender-identity, socio-economic background.
Our office is committed to helping all students navigate the job process, find mentors and negotiate equitable salaries. Our one-on-one counseling is tailored to each individual, and we aim to help every student discover their path, identify and explore a variety of opportunities and highlight their strengths and skills.
Editors, producers and hiring managers consistently seek out J-School students and graduates to find the reporting and cutting-edge skills they need in their newsrooms. Advisors 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. 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
The annual spring Career Expo is the biggest journalism job fair in the United States, open exclusively to graduating students at Columbia Journalism School. In the spring of 2020, amid the Covid-19 crisis, we held our first Virtual Expo with 232 editors, producers and recruiters from 130 news operations who came to interview, mentor and hire J-School students. Nearly 2,300 video interviews and phone calls took place, with employers and students connecting from locations around the globe. The results were extremely positive. Both students and employers praised the virtual format as satisfying, productive and efficient.
Following each year’s Expo, our advisors 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.
Details for Career Expo 2021 will be posted here soon. Given the ongoing pandemic, we expect that Career Expo events for the classes graduating in May and August of 2021 will again be held via video conference.
Every year J-School students have the opportunity to compete for a range of exclusive paid post‐graduate fellowships. These include year-long 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 several fellowships at Columbia Journalism Review and Columbia Journalism Investigations. Within the industry, students can apply for exclusive internships at ABC News, BBC, FRONTLINE, Bustle 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 for employers including:
- Free accounts on JobNews: our password‐protected job listing database
- MEET THE MEDIA: brown bag sessions with students
- Interview days on campus and virtually
- 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 the Office of Career Development or meet J-School students are encouraged to email Lauren Mack, Program Manager, Career Development, or call her at 212-854‐4422.
We hope you will join us for our annual Career Expo. If you are an employer and would like more information, please contact us or join our mailing list.
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.
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.
￼If you are a hiring editor or producer and want to interview students of the Journalism School for jobs and paid internships, we welcome you to contact Career Development or see information for Employers.
The 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 was a newspaper reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Philadelphia Daily News and San Jose Mercury News, and has written stories, essays and fiction for Latina, Brides, The Antioch Review, 580 Split and others. She advises students on writing and reporting across platforms, including magazines, newspapers and online publications. B.A. Pomona College, M.S.J. Northwestern University, M.F.A. Bennington College. Member, National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Amy Singer Assistant Director
Amy Singer advises students with a variety of interests while focusing on students in the data journalism and dual-degree computer science programs. A journalist specializing in legal issues, she has taught reporting, deadline writing and video classes at the Journalism School since 2007 (and has had two cohorts of dual-degree computer science students in her reporting classes). Amy worked as a reporter and editor at American Lawyer magazine for many years and has also worked at BusinessWeek, Reuters and The New York Times. Much of her work has centered on helping journalists evolve their skills – from leading the launch of Court TV’s first website when news organizations were just beginning to go online to guiding ALM publications to expand their social media reach and transition to digital first thinking. Amy attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School.
Lauren Mack Program Manager
Lauren Mack is a 2006 graduate of the part-time program at the Journalism School. A freelance journalist for nearly two decades, Lauren writes about travel and food. She has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and New York and her work has appeared in dozens of outlets, including The Daily Meal, Time Out, About.com, Newsweek International, and Zagat, 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.