Career Planning

Career Planning

The Center for Career Education (CCE) helps students and alumni develop the key competencies to make informed decisions and take the necessary steps to achieve their career goals. The Center establishes connections and facilitates interaction among undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, employers, and organizations to generate opportunities that help students pursue their personal and professional objectives.

Career development is a lifelong process of discovery and learning. It may involve self-assessment, curricular exploration through choice of major, competency development, networking, internships, preparation for the job search and/or the graduate/professional school application process, and planning for productive careers.

CCE encourages students to visit the Center and to register for LionSHARE—its internship/jobs database—to maximize the level of resources and assistance they can receive. CCE provides career development opportunities for students beginning in their first year at Columbia through externships, internships, resume and interview preparation, site visits to employers, professionals in residence programs, career fairs with more than 130 employers each, and alumni-student networking events. Individual career counseling is also available in person or via telephone or Skype. Counselors are trained to work with students and alumni interested in all fields and industries, and can help students in all phases of career development, from those just starting to those considering a career change.


While at Columbia, students are encouraged to take advantage of internships that offer opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of a career field. CCE manages full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities for students throughout the year via LionSHARE.

CCE offers four spring semester internship programs: Columbia Arts Experience, a civic engagement internship program, the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University, a Virtual Internship Program, and a Startup Internship Program. CCE also offers the Columbia Exploration Externship, an opportunity designed to provide students early in their college career with the opportunity to gain exposure to the professional world during spring break.

CCE offers international internship opportunities through Columbia Experience Overseas, which connects students with high-quality internship experiences in a diverse array of industries in Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Singapore, and Shanghai through alumni and employer partnerships. A valuable networking community is provided through the Summer CCE Network, which connects Columbia students interning in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. with alumni in those cities and through the Science Technology Engineering Program.

CCE also runs the Columbia Student Enterprises Program, which hosts the Columbia Bartending Agency and School of Mixology

Dossier Service

CCE maintains a dossier service, managed by Interfolio. A dossier is specifically used in applying for teaching positions at either the secondary level or college level and for graduate/professional school and fellowship applications. A dossier consists of letters of reference and other credentials that speak to a candidate’s scholarship, research interests, and teaching experience. Students can register online for the service at

To gain a complete understanding of all CCE programs and resources and to meet CCE staff, please visit the Center or call 212-854-5609. CCE offers Quick Questions, 10-minute sessions available Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. during the academic year, to help students learn about its services and answer brief inquiries. 

Contact Information

Center for Career Education
Columbia University
East Campus, Lower Level
Mail Code 5727
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-5609
Fax: (212) 854-5640