Professional Development Programs

The GSAS Office of Academic Diversity and campus partners offer intensive workshops and other programs for students pursuing both academic and non-academic career paths.

Academic Job Market Preparation

These workshops focus on academic CV and cover letter writing, as well as the drafting of teaching, diversity, and research statements. We encourage all graduate students who will seek academic positions this year to attend.

Mastering the Academic Interview

GSAS Dean Carlos J. Alonso and the Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity offer multiple workshops for graduate students about interviewing techniques. These workshops lead students through exercises and mock questions, helping them to craft thoughtful answers in the final rounds of the tenure-track or postdoctoral hiring process.

On the first day, students practice answering questions on a range of topics, from their research agenda to their teaching objectives. The workshops' primary goal is to help students become comfortable responding to questions that typically arise during the interview. On the second day, students will incorporate feedback to measure their progress.

Job Materials Portal

Students can email their materials to the Office of Academic Diversity at gsas-diversity [at] columbia.edu. We offer advice and comments on CVs and cover letters, as well as research, teaching, and diversity statements.

Non-Academic Job Market Boot Camp

The Job Market Boot Camp for Non-Academic Positions provides intensive guidance on transitioning into positions outside of traditional academia through workshops on a range of topics, including identifying transferable skills and converting the CV to a resume.