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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 resources and more.
The Office of Career Development trains, supports and advocates for every student regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, geography, religion, disability, academic and extracurricular interest, family circumstance, sexual orientation, gender-identity or socio-economic background.
We believe that every Columbia student is unique and uniquely talented, and we are committed to helping each student launch and achieve their individual goals. Our personalized career guidance and education covers all facets of the job hunt, from writing resumes and cover letters, to developing interview skills, finding mentors and negotiating equitable salaries, to understanding news media companies and what they’re looking for in job and internship candidates.
We encourage all efforts to end discrimination of any kind in hiring practices, promotions, beat assignments and other areas of newsroom management in the media. We promise to uphold principles of anti-racism, inclusion and equal treatment in our offices and to communicate these values to employers.
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 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 prepare 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. We are hosting two Virtual Career Expos in Spring 2021: Saturday, April 10, 2021 and Monday, April 12, 2021 (for students graduating in May 2021) and Saturday, June 12, 2021 and Monday, June 14, 2021 (for students graduating in August 2021).
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. See where the class of 2020 landed.
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.
Every year J-School students have the opportunity to compete for a range of exclusive paid post‐graduate fellowships. These include 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 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. J-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.
Alumni have access to a variety of career resources, which are listed here. The J-school's Office of Alumni Relations offers access to an alumni directory, events, and more. Additional benefits and resources are offered by the Columbia Alumni Association.
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.