Professional Development

The MPA-ESP program helps graduates advance their professional careers. The professional development initiative focuses on skill building, access to leading practitioners, career networking, and specialized job search strategies and tools.

Skill building
The Sustainability Seminar Series comprises half- and full-day, non-credit seminars that help students gain cutting-edge skills they can use to succeed in the field. Recent seminars have included the following.

Career Networking
The program’s 682 graduates provide dynamic and varied professional contacts across numerous sectors. Each summer, we survey our alumni to be able to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information about their careers to alumni and to current students. Every fall, the MPA-ESP program hosts an alumni reception where current students can mingle with alumni from all previous classes of the program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the annual SIPA Career Conference in Washington, DC, where they are able to network with SIPA alumni. Graduates may also join the SIPA LinkedIn group of over 3,000 members from around the globe.

The Earth Institute also has an extensive alumni network consisting of graduates from all of its education programs. Throughout the year, the Earth Institute organizes alumni activities, including talks, networking events, and social gatherings. To learn more, please email us at ei-alumni@ei-columbia.edu.

Career-Fair-600x400The All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair
The annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair attracts top organizations from the private, non-profit, and public sectors to the Columbia campus. The Fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all Ivy League schools, as well as Earth Institute alumni.

 

Access to Leading Practitioners
Many of our faculty members are also leading environmental and policy practitioners, who provide students the benefit of their expertise and experience.  Students also benefit from consultations with their assigned faculty advisors.

The Sustainability Speaker Series features talks by leading practitioners, who discuss their work and their organizations, and who offer career advice. Networking events among students and alumni also provide a setting for learning about the job market from colleagues in the field.

Past Earth Institute Sustainability Speaker Series:

Professional Development Seminar
All SIPA students are required to take part in the SIPA Office of Career Services Professional Development Seminar. Through this seminar, they learn about resume techniques, interview tips, and best practices for job searching and interviews. Additionally, students are encouraged to take advantage of the Office of Career Services career coaches and advisers. The Office of Career Services sends weekly bulletins and hosts dozens of workshops, interviews and information sessions throughout the year.