Individual Development Plan

The Columbia University Individual Development Plan (IDP) Program assists NIH-funded graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with the implementation of IDPs, which consist of a self-assessment of skills, interests, and values that guides the development of short- and long-term plans to achieve career goals. The program comprises seminars and other events designed to help develop an IDP, followed by additional resources such as workshops, career panels, and peer mentoring groups that can assist in identifying career goals and completing an IDP.

Columbia students and postdocs who attend at least two of the three seminars, develop an IDP using the myIDP site, and complete the IDP submission form as well as the IDP program evaluation will receive a certificate of completion, which can be noted on a CV or résumé. Visit the IDP website to get started.

The program is co-sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.