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Employers

Let us help you find the best journalist for the job. 

Whether you’re looking for newcomers to the profession or for seasoned professionals, the Office of Career Development has many ways to connect you to current students and graduates around the world. We are eager to hear about opportunities in your newsrooms throughout the year. We have an excellent pool of candidates for staff jobs, paid internships, fellowships, freelance and part‐time positions.

Recruiting Year Round

Interview Days Employers who would like to interview our students are welcome to schedule a visit to campus or arrange virtual interview sessions. We will provide a meeting location, notify students and assist you in scheduling interviews.

Meet the Media If you'd like to tell students about your company, we host in-person and virtual brown‐bag informational sessions with students all year.

Career Expo Meet our students at the largest journalism job fair in the U.S. Learn more about the Career Expo.

JobNews Promote your newsroom opportunities for free on JobNews, our password-protected job platform, accessible by our current students and alumni.

To set up your recruiting efforts, please contact Lauren Mack, Program Manager, Office of Career Development.

Looking to Hire? Use JobNews

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JobNews, our password-protected job board, is updated daily and is offered as a no‐fee courtesy to media employers. We encourage you to open an account and post jobs, paid internships and freelance positions to reach our current students and alumni of every experience level and skill set. Setting up an account takes just a few minutes. Click here to get your JobNews account.

Contact us for questions or if you would like us to assist you with setting up your account.

Career Expo

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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.

Internships

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Students enrolled in our part‐time program frequently do internships while at the Journalism School. Only a few students in our full‐time degree programs are able to manage internships and the time they can commit is very limited. The Journalism School does not offer academic credit for internships.

If you have an internship to fill, please post on JobNews and provide a full description of the scope of work and hours required. The Office of Career Development will not post openings that are primarily administrative and are not newsgathering in nature. Internships must comply with U.S. Department of Labor regulations.

The Journalism School reserves the right to refuse publication of any job notices. We do not accept listings for marketing or public relations internships, or from non‐news media companies seeking candidates for positions unrelated to journalism. We do not accept blind postings.

If you're seeking candidates with broader interests, the following Columbia University Career Development offices may be able to offer assistance with getting the word out about the employment opportunities. You may consider posting the job description on each of the University's job boards.

Meet Our Students

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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 Career Expo takes place every spring and is limited to the graduating students of Columbia Journalism School. The class of 2021 will be graduating in May 2021 and August 2021.

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 each year. 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. 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 & economics; arts & culture; science or politics. 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 work 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 the M.S. in Data Journalism, a three-semester program that provides the hands-on training needed to tell deeply reported data-driven stories in the public interest. The program equips students with a toolkit to collect, process and analyze data to find and report stories and produce visualizations. Students in this specialization produce an original, data-driven final master's project.  

You’ll also meet students in our M.S. Documentary specialization, who take a third semester to produce a short documentary film, and students in our M.S. Investigative specialization, who spend the year learning investigative methods and complete an investigative report for their master's project.

Finally, you’ll meet our fellows in Columbia’s prestigious Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. 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. 

The Class of 2020 by the Numbers, as of Summer 2019:

253 M.S. Journalism students, including students in our Stabile Investigative Reporting and Documentary programs.

19 M.S. Data Journalism students. Students collect, process and analyze data for stories and visualizations. Three-semester program; first cohort graduated in May 2019.

44 M.A. Journalism students. Experienced journalists specialize in coverage of Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Politics or Science.

11 Dual Degree in Journalism and Computer Science students. Students work with cutting-edge tools at the intersection of journalism and technology. Two-year program at the Journalism and Engineering schools.

10 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism.

44 Countries represented.

Our Commitment to Diversity:

In terms of racial diversity of U.S. citizens, 30 percent of the entire class identifies as African American, Asian, Latino, Native American and/or Pacific Islander. Separately, 28 percent of the full-time M.S. class is international, representing 32 countries. In the Master of Arts class, 50 percent are from outside the U.S., representing 19 countries. In the M.S. Data Journalism cohort, 13 students are international, representing 10 countries.

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