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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. The Career Expo showcases the wide range of news organizations operating today, from legacy media to digital startups and international, national, regional and hyperlocal outlets, general news, single issue/topic-focused and investigative websites producing content in a variety of media, including text, video, photo, audio and data visualizations.

The Career Expo takes place every spring and is limited to the graduating students of Columbia Journalism School. Amid the Covid-19 crisis, we held our second Virtual Expo in spring 2021 with 416 editors, producers and recruiters from 147 news outlets and we held our first Virtual Career Expo in spring 2020 with 232 editors, producers and recruiters from 130 news outlets who came to interview, mentor and hire our graduating students. In 2019, 158 news outlets took part in the Career Expo on campus, making it the biggest Expo in the school's history.

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 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 text, video, photo, audio and digital production, investigative techniques, data-driven reporting, interactive graphics, 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.

The Class of 2022 by the Numbers, as of Fall 2021:

265 M.S. Journalism students, including students in Stabile Investigative, Documentary and Visual Craft specializations

  21 M.S. Data Journalism students

  52 M.A. Journalism students, who concentrate on the coverage of Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Politics or Science

    4 Dual Degree in Journalism and Computer Science students

    1 Dual Degree in Journalism and International Affairs student

  10 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism

    4 Spencer Fellows

  23 Ph.D. in Communications students

  45 Countries represented (37% of the class are international students)

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