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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.

Career Events

Our Commitment

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. 

Career Development

Student and interviewer at cColumbia Journalism Career Expo

Career Expo

Two women looking at computer at Columbia Journalism Career Expo 2016

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.

Columbia-Exclusive Opportunities

Overhead view of two women shaking hands at Columbia Journalism Career Expo

For Employers

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.

Alumni

Team

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.