Gain Experience (jobs, internships, on-campus positions, and volunteer opportunities)
Throughout graduate school, you should make an effort to gain hands-on experience in fields that interest you. This can include paid internships, part-time work, volunteering, and participating in student groups. Each time you gain a new experience, take time to reflect on the transferrable skills you demonstrated, and add an entry to your résumé or CV. The resources below will help you find opportunities during graduate school or start your search for a full-time job after graduating.
General Job Boards
The three sites below are the three largest job aggregating websites, which means they use web crawlers to pull open positions from other sites across the internet. Use key words in the industry descriptions below to help you find positions in your field of interest. Also, you can set job alerts on these platforms and get notifications of open jobs sent directly to your inbox.
Additional Job Searching Sites
- GSAS Connect: a job board available only to GSAS students and alumni. See available opportunities and learn about companies hiring from the Columbia community. Students, please log in using "single sign on" option. Alumni, please create a username.
- Campus employment
- Science Mag: Search for jobs in the sciences.
- NYAS Science Alliance: GSAS students in the Natural Sciences are eligible to participate in the New York Academy of Science’s Science Alliance program, which offers workshops, courses, and mentorship and networking opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.
- Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC): job board and job search resources for jobs in higher ed—both academic and administrative
- Chronicle Vitae: another great resource for higher education jobs
- See our pages for Humanities/Social Science and STEM career exploration for industry-specific links.
Opportunities to Gain Experience on Campus
How to Find an On-Campus Job
If you are interested in finding a part-time job on campus as a graduate or research assistant or in other hourly roles, we suggest searching in all the following places:
- If you qualify for financial aid through the Federal Work-Study program, check this website for open positions.
- Search the internship and job database on GSAS Connect, and select the “On-campus” filter in the “Position Type” field.
- Search the Human Resources Careers at Columbia portal and enter “short-term casual” in the search box to see listings of temporary, part-time employment throughout Columbia.
- Watch your inbox during the first few weeks of each term for emails from your department and various offices around campus with opportunities.
- Ask your department administrator if they are aware of any opportunities either with faculty in your department or in other offices.
- Contact faculty directly with whom you would be interested in working as a research assistant. In your email, introduce yourself and your research interests, and ask if they might have any need for a research assistant. Keep your email brief and to the point.