Student Engagement

GS Student Life provides engagement opportunities for GS students to facilitate connections for students with faculty, alumni, and staff; to learn about professional opportunities; to explore New York City and New York State; and to support specific populations at GS.

Ongoing Engagement Opportunities

The Mid-Semester Success Series is a week-long program series designed to give students an opportunity to reflect on areas of personal growth, holistic wellness, and community building in preparation for the second half of the semester. With programming that is responsive to both GS undergraduates and Postbac Premed students, the series is both diverse and robust in responding to students at various stages in their academic and professional careers.

 The series is planned in collaboration with GS Student Life and the GS Academic Resource Center (ARC). The series occurs at the end of October during the fall semester and at the end of February in the spring semester.

This topical discussion series will provide an inclusive space for students to engage in critical conversations around pressing issues facing our campus and community at large. Students will learn to embrace and navigate both challenging and uncomfortable conversations that impact our community at large in support of solution-oriented problem solving.

GS Student Life hosts a series of programs to encourage GS student to engage with faculty members outside of the classroom. Programs include:

  • Student-Faculty Dinner
  • Student-Faculty Cocktail Reception
  • Student-Faculty Lunch Program

GS Student Life hosts a series of programs in collaboration with GS Alumni Relations and the Center for Career Education (CCE) to encourage GS student to engage with and learn from the experiences of GS Alumni, and to explore various professional career paths. Programs include:

  • The Art of Networking with GS Alumni
  • International Alumni Panel & Reception
  • The Art of Networking with International GS Alumni
  • Dinner & Discussion Series with GS Alumni
  • Joint CCE & GS Major Advising

GS Student Life hosts a series of programs to encourage GS student to engage with GS staff members outside of the traditional office setting.

GS Student Life hosts a variety of events that encourage students to explore New York City and the State of New York. Programs include:

  • Annual Fall Apple & Pumpkin Picking Trip
  • Broadway, Opera, and Dance Shows
  • Museum Visits and Tours
  • Annual Spring Theme Park Trip

GS Student Life hosts programs and events to promote inclusion and support specific populations at GS (including, but not limited to, Postbac Premed students, Dual BA and Joint program students, international students, veteran students, and more). Programs include:

  • Veterans Day Luncheon and Programs for student veterans
  • International Alumni Panel & Reception and The Art of Networking with International GS Alumni for international students
  • Dual BA & Joint Program Mixer for students in the Joint Dual BA Program Between Sciences Po and Columbia University, the Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University, the Joint Bachelor's Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University, and the Joint Program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University
  • Student-Alumni Networking Reception for Postbac Premed students
  • Students of Color Heritage Months and Identity Based Leadership Retreat
  • LGBTQ Students Heritage Month and programs for queer students on campus
  • All events will be advertised via the GS newsletter. For any questions, please contact gs-studentlife@columbia.edu.

Throughout the academic year, GS Student Life collaborates with the Student Life offices at Barnard College, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering to advise student-led traditions that build community across all four undergraduate schools at the University. These programs include:

  • History and Heritage Months
  • Homecoming
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Glass House Rocks
  • Bacchanal
  • Senior Week

Throughout the academic year, GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office host a variety of events for the GS community in which Student Life volunteers may be involved. These events include GS Planning Day, New Student Orientation, meet & greets, alumni events, memorials, Senior Week, and Graduation. Through their service, volunteers have the opportunity to develop relationships with new and current students and administrators, as well as to foster a welcoming community for GS students.

Time Commitment

This position is ideal for students who want to get involved in GS but cannot commit to an intensive leadership position, as there are a variety of involvement opportunities available with varying time commitments. Volunteers are notified about involvement opportunities via email and are able to volunteer on an event-by-event basis.

Position Requirements

  • Must be a GS student
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Must be punctual, dependable, and energetic
  • Must possess school spirit and be proud to be a GS student
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

If you have any questions regarding the GS Student Life volunteer position or about the application, please email GS Student Life.

Note: If you have previously served as a GS Orientation Leader, Junior Marshal, or are a member of a GS focused student organization, you are already a member of the GS Student Life Volunteers mailing list.