In order to be eligible for recruitment, you must be a matriculated student at SIPA. For individual position eligibility, you must meet the employer’s eligibility requirements, which could include a minimum GPA and/or citizenship status. If you have an F-1/J-1 visa and you plan on accepting a paid position in the United States, you must receive Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization by applying through the International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO).
Students have access throughout all semesters of their dual degree program. However, students may only participate in recruitment for full-time positions during their final two semesters.
Students who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible to waive the internship requirement:
- Students on leave from their jobs.
- Joint-degree students who complete an internship in another program.
- Students who have worked on a full-time, professional basis for a minimum of four years, prior to enrollment at SIPA, in a field relevant to their concentration and career goals.
To request a waiver, complete the Internship Waiver Form available online under Forms or pick up a hard copy in Room 420. Submit the form and required supporting documents (specified in the waiver form) to OCS.
Please note that if you waive the internship requirement you will not be awarded any internship credits.
Students who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible to waive Professional Development:
- Students on leave from their jobs.
- Students who have worked on a full-time, professional basis for a minimum of four years in a field relevant to their concentration and career goals.
- To request a waiver, complete the Professional Development Class Waiver Form, also available in hard copy at the OCS office, Room 420. The form must be submitted to OCS together with a current resume. Once reviewed, OCS will contact you regarding your waiver status.
- If you are granted a waiver, we recommend that you make an appointment with an adviser at OCS to review your resume and job search strategy.
Unfortunately, unless SIPA students have been specifically invited to a joint presentation at the Business School, you are not allowed to attend. Each professional school at Columbia University is a separate entity, and they operate independently of each other. Therefore, the Business School will only allow students from other Columbia University graduate schools to attend their presentations if the employer has confirmed that a joint presentation will be held. If there is a joint presentation, it is advertised in OCS Career Newsletter and on-line through SIPAlink. You are required to sign up in order to attend as there is a limited number of invitations. If you do not see a presentation advertised through SIPA OCS, you are not able to attend.
- Contact alumni through LinkedIn or other means they deem appropriate.
- The purpose of networking phone calls or meetings is not to ask for a job, but to ask for career and job hunting advice and contacts.
- You should always have your resume ready to send before you contact anyone about your job search. Do not send your resume unless you are asked.
- Do not ask an alumna/alumnus to forward your resume to someone else without first establishing a relationship with her/him.
- You should be well prepared for your informational interview. Since you will be taking the lead, decide what kind of information you would like to gather and prepare questions in advance.
- Dress professionally and be on time.
- Be honest about your background and skills. Promise only what you can deliver.
- Always follow up a networking meeting or interview with a thank you letter within 24 hours.
- When you receive a job offer, send a note of thanks to your networking contacts for their help in the process. Even if they might not have provided you with that specific job, their advice helped you become a successful interviewer.
- Begin with researching careers or jobs that interest you.
- Identify alumni in your field by using the "Find Alumni" and "Groups" features within the SIPA Alumni and Student Network on LinkedIn (of which you will need to be an approved member).
- Research the specific organization the alum is working with, and learn more about the type of position they hold.
- If you are looking for a specific person or organization, use the "Advanced" search feature and enter the name of the person and/or the organization in the appropriate box. Type in multiple versions of the organization name; for example, the UN may also be written as the United Nations.