Professional Development

Both students and alumni have access to a wealth of professional development services from the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia’s Earth Institute. The School operates the Office of Career Services, which offers job search tools and resources. The Earth Institute augments these services with a sustainability professional development program, which emphasize internships, sustainability skill-building, access to leading practitioners, and specialized job search strategies and tools.


Earth Institute Internship Program

Internship positions are available to students in the Earth Institute and at external organizations that participate in the program, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, and CDP.


Sustainability Skill-Building

Free, non-credit seminars on technical sustainability topics supplement students’ in-class learning. Recent seminars have included: Environmental, Social and Governance; LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation; and Meet The Press: Tips and Tools For Being Heard

Access to Leading Practitioners

The New York metropolitan region is home to many of the world’s most innovative sustainability practitioners, who regularly visit campus to teach and speak with students. Some of our recent visitors include Camilla Seth, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase; Emily Maxwell, Director, New York Urban Conservation Program, The Nature Conservancy; Dorian Dale, Director of Sustainability and Chief Recovery Officer, Suffolk County.

The All-Ivy Career Fair

Columbia University’s Earth Institute, in partnership with the other Ivy League schools, organizes the annual All-Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development CareerĀ Fair, which hosts some eighty employers and 1,000 students.


Job Search Tools

The Earth Institute provides students access to a password-protected “Jobs List,” an online resume book, and the program’s alumni directory — tools that help them find the jobs that they want after graduation.