We offer many opportunities for students to strengthen their professional skills and engage with employers and alumni. Explore upcoming events on Columbia Engineering Career Connect, or learn more about our events below.

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The Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) program’s goal is to enhance the Columbia Engineering education by providing enrichment and development opportunities. We assist students in a number of ways, including:

  1. Obtain skills to find and keep a role
  2. Learn how to grow and cultivate a career
  3. Recognize effective leadership
  4. Learn to become an effective team player and follower
  5. Cultivate ethical behavior and values

Career Talks feature senior practitioners in roles and industries relevant to engineering and applied science students. Typically, these talks cover information including: a brief bio and overview of the speaker's career path; description of what they do, the skills they have utilized most, and the classes that were most helpful to them; qualifications that are important to students who are interested in this line of work; the speakers favorite interview questions for candidates to their team; advice they have for current students.

Alumni Talks provide an opportunity for current Columbia Engineering students to network and build connections with alumni in their intended field. Gain specific insight and practical advice to help you along your own career search. Access their tools and leverage their knowledge as you prepare for the next chapter. For more resources, please refer to For Alumni.

Looking to gain insight into specific employers and/or industries? Site Visits allow students to visit employers and learn first-hand about company culture, values, vision, employment opportunities, and tips for what they look for in future candidates. Taking advantage of multiple site visits also exposes students to a variety of different work environments. Apart from the valuable knowledge these visits offer to students, they are also an excellent chance for students to meet possible future employers and to expand their professional network.

Career fairs are an excellent way to recruit and connect with our talented engineers across our 18 distinct MS programs and 13 PhD programs in various disciplines of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Learn more about our upcoming career fairs and how to sign up!