Education News

Helping to Connect Students with Career Opportunities

2008-11-24

From environmental consulting to carbon markets to environmental engineering, students across Columbia University have been learning about exciting environmental and sustainable development career opportunities. The Earth Institute’s Office of Academic and Research Programs (OARP), in collaboration with career offices across the University, is working to facilitate visits from private firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in order to connect students in the 29 Earth Institute-affiliated education programs at Columbia with potential future employers.

This year, building on the annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair held at Columbia University each spring, OARP helped coordinate about a dozen career-oriented events with a variety of environmental organizations. Already this fall, more than one hundred undergraduate and graduate students from programs in the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering have attended these information sessions and panel discussions. “These career events are part of the Earth Institute’s effort to coordinate environmental and sustainable development career services on campus,” says Office of Academic and Research Programs director Louise Rosen. “We’re thrilled to be able to facilitate connections between our students, the various career offices that work with them, and potential employers with whom we have developed relationships over the years.”

One student from the M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy program noted, “The Earth Institute's career events have been very helpful in determining the career options out there. Having just moved to the city, the Earth Institute's career events have been very helpful in expanding my NYC network, something crucial in the job hunt. I also just enjoy attending these events to hear the speakers’ interesting remarks and experiences."

On Wednesday, November 19, the Office of Academic and Research Programs hosted its final career event of the fall semester with the Environmental Protection Agency, which drew nearly 100 students.

Betsy Ness-Edelstein, of the Office of Academic and Research Programs, has been working to organize these events and will soon plan a roster of programming for the spring semester. If you are a student in one of Columbia’s environmental or sustainable development programs and would like to find out about opportunities in a particular sector or area, please send her an email at betsy@ei.columbia.edu.

The annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair, which is planned in collaboration with career services offices at each Ivy League school, will be held on March, 6, 2009. This Career Fair is a forum that brings together public agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, businesses and industries to discuss career opportunities with students from across the Ivy League. More information on the Career Fair is available here.

Information on all Earth Institute-affiliated events, plus links to environmental career resources available at each of Columbia’s career services offices, is available on the Earth Institute’s career page. Next semester, even more events will be planned, so please check the career page for the most up-to-date event listings.