In 2020, our students joined 110 media organizations.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 faced severe disruption in the journalism job market. Nevertheless, many of our students found jobs and internships after graduation. As of July 14 2020, 61.5 percent (171/278 students in all degree programs) had plans lined up after graduation (i.e. internships, fellowships, full-time and part-time jobs, continued in another academic degree program, or freelanced). These figures were well below the 71-77 percent range we’ve seen since 2011.
In 2019, which was a more typical year in terms of employment, nearly 77 percent (220 out of 285 students) who graduated had post-graduation plans lined up.
Regardless of the journalism economy, the number of Columbia students finding employment rises with each passing week of summer. This was true in the summer of 2020 as in previous summers.
Most of our international students are legally permitted to work for one year in the U.S. after graduation if they apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa. International M.S. students in our three-semester M.S. Data Journalism program and our dual degree M.S. Journalism and M.S. Computer Science program qualify for longer-term STEM visas.
Our international students are competitive in the U.S. job market for short-term internships and positions while on OPT but will find the landscape very challenging. Longer-term work authorization (also known as sponsorship) is rarely granted, so international students should expect to return to their home countries at the conclusion of their OPT year. Once back home, our international graduates typically find that their Columbia degree has made them highly marketable.
The Class of 2020 landed at these companies after graduation:
|AARP The Magazine||Inherent Magazine||Tampa Bay Times|
|ABC Audio||Korean Broadcasting System||Teachers College|
|ABC News||Las Vegas Review-Journal||The Athletic|
|ABC News London||Los Altos Town Crier||The Baltimore Sun|
|Al Jazeera||Los Angles Times||The Block|
|Audible||McClatchy||The Connecticut Mirror|
|BBC (NY and DC)||Montana Free Press||The Counter|
|Bloomberg News||Mother Jones||The GroundTruth Project|
|Business Insider||Mountain State Spotlight||The Hechinger Report|
|CBS News||National Press Foundation||The Houston Chronicle|
|Center for Public Integrity||NBC News TODAY Show||The Marshall Project|
|Center for Responsive Politics||NBCUniversal||The Miami Herald|
|Christian Science Monitor||New Mexico In Depth||The New York Times|
|Columbia Journalism Investigations||Next City||The Real Deal|
|Columbia Journalism Review||Nikkei||The Salt Lake Tribune|
|Columbia Journalism School||NOOR Images||The Texas Observer|
|CNN||New York Daily News||The Trace|
|CNN New Day||Open Society Foundations||The Wall Street Journal|
|CoinDesk||PBS NewsHour||The Washington Post|
|Colorado Public Radio | Denverite||POLITICO||The Wichita Eagle|
|Comedy Central||Prism||TIME magazine|
|Consumer Reports Digital Lab||Quartz||Tow Center|
|CurtainUp||Radio Ambulante/El Hilo||Transmitter|
|Daily Mail||Rain Media||uInterview|
|Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma||Report for America||United Nations|
|Deseret News||Rest of World||VICE|
|Detroit Free Press||Reuters Institute @ Oxford||Voice of America|
|Employee Benefit News||San Francisco Public Press||Voice of San Diego|
|Finnish Broadcasting Company||Science News||VTDigger.org|
|FiveThirtyEight||Singapore Press Holdings||Washington Monthly|
|Forbes||Smithsonian||WNYC | On the Media|
|FRONTLINE||South China Morning Post||Yahoo Finance|
|Front Office Sports||Sperax|
|Futuro Media | Latino Rebels||SportsNet|
|HealthDay||St. Louis Public Radio|