Career Planning Calendar

The Office of Career Services (OCS) maintains this calendar of important milestones in the career development and job search process, which should start early in your academic career.

September  December  March/April
October JanuaryMay/June
November   FebruaryJuly

September Reminders

  • Career Day: RSVP in late September or early October for Career Day, which typically occurs in October or November.

  • Career Development Resources: Visit the Resource Room at OCS to review career education material and to take advantage of job search resources, including computers, fax machines, and copiers.

  • Fall Career Education Workshops and On-Campus Events: Sign up for these important events.

  • Career Education Guides and Handouts: Request Career Choices and other such publications from OCS.

  • Look for a Consulting or Corporate Opportunity: Consider attending a resume/cover letter development workshop as early as possible in the Fall to prepare yourself for Fall Career Day and/or to respond to opportunities with consulting firms. If you are unable to attend a workshop, view cover letter and resume templates (PDF) online. Consulting firms typically begin the interviewing process for full-time employment in the Fall and for summer internships in January.

  • Job Search for October Graduates: Schedule a meeting with a career services advisor to discuss job search strategies and job offers.

  • Job Fairs on the Morningside Campus: You may attend specific job fairs on the Morningside Campus hosted by Center for Career Education, which will be listed on the Workshops/Events calendar. You are not, however, eligible to interview on-campus through the Columbia Morningside Campus Center for Career Education's on-campus recruiting program.

October Deadlines

  • HRTP Internships: Applications for Spring internships with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are typically due in mid-to-late October. Find details

  • Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program: This National Academies program in science and technology policy accepts applications through March 1 for its June program, though June 1 for its September program, and through November 1 for its January program. Please find additional information, as well as application and reference forms here.

  • Presidential Management Fellowship Program: Application deadline typically falls in late October and requires an official School signature (available through OCS). Learn more at the PMF website or contact assistant director of OCS, kas2124 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Liz Sung).

October Reminders

  • Fall Career Education Workshops and On-Campus Events: Sign up for these important events.

  • Career Day: RSVP for and attend Career Day.

  • Job Postings: Review job postings for full-time jobs (graduating students) and internships (for continuing students) and conduct general career exploration at OCS.

  • Resume: Finalize your resume and make arrangements to have it reproduced.

  • Graduates Survey: October graduates, please complete the online graduates survey, which provides important information about your job search experiences and employment plans. You will receive the survey link via email.

  • Career Education Workshops and On-Campus Events: Consult the OCS events calendar for details on fall employer information sessions.

  • Meet With a Career Services Advisor: Make an appointment to discuss your specific job search/career development issues and the Recent Graduates' Database. Utilize the knowledge you have gained from attending resume and cover letter development workshops to develop/refine your basic cover letter and resume. If you did not attend a workshop, review cover letter and resume samples for guidance. Consider using the Office's resume review service for a quick critique of your resume and cover letter.

November Deadlines

  • CDC/Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS): Application period typically runs from November 1 to January. For more information, call 404-639-4087 or visit the PHPS website.

  • Clinton Foundation Internships: Deadline typically mid-November for Spring semester opportunities. Visit the website.

November Reminders

  • Resume: Finalize your resume and make arrangements to have it reproduced.

  • Resume Review: Schedule an appointment with an OCS advisor to review your resume and cover letter, or drop off your resume and cover letter for a quick critique. 

December Deadlines

  • NYC Urban Fellows Program: Deadline for application typically falls in early January. Materials are available at the program's website.

December Reminders

  • Looking Ahead: Research employers for both summer and post-graduation work opportunities. A little work now will pay off later, allowing you to write more convincing cover letters and to interview with greater breadth and depth.

  • Graduates Survey: December graduates, please complete the online graduates survey, which provides important information about your job search experiences and employment plans. You will receive the survey link via email.

January Deadlines

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholars in Health Disparities Program: Deadline typically falls in early January for postdoctoral investigators in economics, sociology, political science, public health, and law. Visit the foundation's website for further information and for application materials.

  • NYC Department of Health Research Summer Training Program (HRTP): The program typically stops accepting applications on or around February 1. Application materials and more information available from OCS and from the HRTP website.

  • Pasteur Foundation Fellowship: The Pasteur Foundation conducts biomedical research for the worldwide amelioration of public health. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral research at the Institut Pasteur laboratories in Paris. The application deadline typically falls in early February. More information is available at the foundation's website.

  • White House Fellows: This program, America's most prestigious for leadership and public service, typically accepts applications until early February. More details available at the White House Fellows website.

January Reminders

  • Networking: Begin contacting friends, faculty members, and others to inform them of your career plans, and provide copies of your resume.

  • On-Campus Events: Regularly check the Career Development Workshops and On-Campus Events to identify programs of interest.

  • Alumni Network: Schedule an appointment with an OCS advisor to discuss the Recent Graduates’ Database.

  • Reciprocity: Ask about reciprocity at Columbia University and elsewhere if searching outside the metropolitan area.

  • February Graduates: Don't forget to schedule an appointment with an OCS advisor to discuss job search strategies and job offers. 

  • Spring Career Development Workshops and Industry Career Panels: Sign up now!

  • Looking Ahead: Keep researching employers for summer or post-graduation work. A little work now will facilitate more proactive outreach and interviewing down the road.

  • Job Postings: Regularly review postings for full-time jobs and internships and for general career exploration.

February Deadlines

  • Clinton Foundation Internships: Deadline typically end of February for Summer semester opportunities. Visit the website.

  • Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program: This National Academies program in science and technology policy accepts applications through March 1 for its June program, though June 1 for its September program, and through November 1 for its January program. Please find additional information, as well as application and reference forms here.

February Reminders

  • RSVP for Career Day: Career Day typically takes place in March or April. RSVP in late February and start preparing for the event.

  • Make Your Best Impression on Career Day: Review OCS's Career Day tips.

  • Research Career Day Employers: Visit employers' websites and review job descriptions in advance (available at OCS).

March/April Reminders

  • Career Day Follow Up: Follow up with Career Day employers and other employers of interest. Schedule interviews, follow interviews with thank you letters, and discuss employment options.

  • Reciprocity: Ask OCS about reciprocity at Columbia University and elsewhere if searching outside the metropolitan area.

  • Job Postings: Regularly review postings for full-time jobs and internships, and for general career exploration.

  • All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair: This event typically takes place in March on the Morningside Campus. Learn details.

May/June Deadlines

  • Clinton Foundation Internships: Deadline typically mid-June for Fall semester opportunities. Visit the website.

  • Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program: This National Academies program in science and technology policy accepts applications through March 1 for its June program, though June 1 for its September program, and through November 1 for its January program. Please find additional information, as well as application and reference forms here.

  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Health Research Training Program (HRTP): Now is the time to familiarize yourself with this program. Pick up a brochure from OCS and/or visit the program website. Applications are typically due in mid-July.

May/June Reminders

  • Networking: Maintain communication with your network of contacts.

  • Resume and Cover Letter: Revise, if necessary.

  • Interviews: Keep interviewing. Don't forget to follow up with thank you letters.

  • Relocation: If you are relocating, contact OCS to find out about reciprocity arrangements with universities throughout the country.

  • Monitoring Job Opportunities: Keep an eye on all available options and consider each carefully. If necessary, ask for additional time to consider offers.

  • The Right Fit: Accept the job offer that provides the best match for your personality, interests, competencies, and short- and long-term career goals. Inform all associated with your search of your acceptance.

  • Graduates Survey: May graduates, please complete the online graduates survey, which provides important information about your job search experiences and employment plans. You will receive the survey link via email.

July Reminders

  • October and February Graduates: It's never too early to develop a wish list of prospective employers. Use the summer to start your research.

  • Newly Admitted and Continuing Students in the NYC Area for the Summer: Consider setting up a meeting with a Career Services advisor to discuss career development strategies for the coming year.