Career Planning

The Center for Career Education (CCE) helps students 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.

CCE provides career development opportunities for students beginning 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.

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 planning for productive careers.


CCE encourages students to register for LionShare, an online database that includes job and internship postings, opportunities to interview with employers on-campus, information on career fairs and other on-campus employer events. It also allows students to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

Career Counseling

Individual career counseling is 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 out to those considering a career change.

CCE also offers Quick Questions, which are 10-minute sessions with career counselors available Monday - Friday from 1 - 4 p.m. during the academic year, to help students learn about its services and answer brief inquiries.

Dossier Service

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. For more information about creating a dossier, visit the CCE website.

Learn More

To gain a complete understanding of all CCE programs and resources, and to meet the staff, please visit the Center or call 212-854-5609.

Contact Information

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

Phone: (212) 854-5609
Fax: (212) 854-5640
[email protected]