Welcome to the CS department at Columbia University! Our goal in the department is to equip students with the skills they need for a successful career in research, industry, or academia, and to help jumpstart their careers by connecting them with a wide range of employment options. That’s where you come in! There are a number of ways for employers to promote their job openings directly to our students and to participate in recruiting initiatives on campus.
When Are CU@CS Students Available to Work?
There are close to 1,200 students in the CS department, spread across our undergraduate BA and BS programs and graduate MS and PhD programs. The majority of our undergraduates graduate in May and look for full-time positions to start in the summer. The majority of our MS students graduate in December and look for full-time positions to start in January. A smaller number of MS students graduate in May and look for full-time positions starting in the summer. Our department confers approximately 20 doctoral degrees each year, and many of these new PhDs find jobs in industry. Doctoral students earn their degrees in October, February, or May.
Students at all levels are available for summer internships.
Post Your Job Openings
LionSHARE is a resource offered by Columbia’s Center for Career Education (CCE) where employers can post their job openings, schedule on-campus interviews, and sign up to participate in career fairs. Use of LionSHARE is free and your postings will reach current undergraduates and graduate students as well as alumni.
To directly target CS students, please send your job description to Ivy Elkins.
If you prefer to receive a curated bundle of resumes all at once from interested applicants, we can arrange that for you. Please send your job description to Ivy Elkins. She will send the information to your targeted group of students, collect resumes, and send the bundle to you by your specified deadline. Please be sure to include the following information in your job description:
- Type of position (full-time, part-time, internship, temporary, volunteer, postdoc, fellowship)
- Organization name
- Position title
- Position description/responsibilities
- URL of job posting, if available
- Job location
- Class levels you would like to reach (undergraduate, MS, PhD, alumni)
- Proposed start date
- Application deadline
- Salary info
Participate in an On-Campus Career Fair
The Center for Career Education hosts a career fair every fall and spring semester. For more information on how to participate, please visit their website.
The Application Development Initiative (ADI) hosts a startup career fair during the fall semester. If your startup would like to be involved, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for more information.
Host a Tech Talk or Workshop
A great way to promote your company and network with our students is to send your recruiters or engineers to campus to host a tech talk or a skills workshop (Recruiting 101, mock technical interviews, etc). For the broadest reach, we recommend holding these sessions in the first half of each semester – late August through mid-October for fall semester, late January through mid-March for spring semester. If you are interested in hosting a talk or workshop, please contact Ivy Elkins.
Host a Site Visit/Shadowing Day
Give Columbia CS students a firsthand look at what it’s like to work for your company! Host a small group of current students for a site visit where they will have the opportunity to tour the company’s offices and shadow an engineer for a day. Please contact Ivy Elkins if interested in this program.
If you have any questions about recruiting at CS@CU or would like to propose a new recruiting initiative not described above, please contact Ivy Elkins. We look forward to hearing from you and connecting you with our talented students and alumni!