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March 12, 2017

Weekly Events
March 13 - 24

Announcement In This Issue
MTA New York City Transit Internship-Mentorship Opportunities/Summer Internships Available - Apply Now
Federal Hiring During the Freeze and Open Positions
Devex Career Webinar: The Truth About Cover Letters
Upcoming Virtual Career Fairs: Disability, and Diversity

UN Summer Internship Reminder - Deadline March 19
Upcoming Federal Employment Webinars
Foreign Policy Association Excelsior Student Membership
NYC Career Series Schedule
Tamer Center Summer Fellowship Program Application Cycle Opened on March 1
CCSI Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships
Reminder: Spring 2017 Internship Paperwork Reporting Requirements
Summer 2017 Internship Funding Opportunities

Student Resources
Career Opportunities 
Online Databases and Paid Subscriptions
Share Your Offer/Acceptance Information with OCS
Walk-In Hours
 
MARCH EVENTS
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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SPRING
RECESS
14

SPRING
RECESS
15

SPRING
RECESS

Devex Career Webinar: The Truth About Cover Letters
8:00am
Online

Bender Virtual Career Fair
Online
16

SPRING
RECESS
17

SPRING
RECESS
20

Effective Interviewing at Mid-Career
1:00pm-2:00pm
IAB, Room 420
21

Diversity Virtual Career Fair
Online

Writing Your Federal Resume Webinar
2:00pm-3:30pm
Online
22

Behavioral Interviews: Managing and Mastering Them
1:00pm-2:00pm
IAB, Room 420
23 24

CCE Start Up Career Fair
12:00pm-3:00pm
Lerner Hall

Devex Global Development Career Forum
1:00pm-6:00pm
Washington, DC
Announcements
 
**THERE WILL BE NO WALK-IN HOURS DURING SPRING RECESS**
Please make an appointment with an adviser on SIPAlink.
 
MTA New York City Transit Internship-Mentorship Opportunities/Summer Internships Available - Apply Now
 
MTA New York City Transit has paid and unpaid internship-mentorship opportunities for graduate students available this coming summer and all throughout the year. These programs are open to not only U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but also international students. Deadlines vary by position and students are encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration.
 
MTA New York City Transit established their Internship Program in 1981 and currently has a partnership with more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Internships include paid and unpaid projects. The program has been a success for New York City Transit, colleges, universities and students. A minimum of 170 students participate in the program during the school year and more during the summer. Since the program’s inception, a considerable number of participants have been hired for full-time positions after graduation.
 
MTA New York City Transit project managers have a variety of skills that they want to share. Students can gain hands-on experience in these areas:

• Accounting
• Architecture
• Business Administration
• Communications: Broadcast Journalism; Television; Video; Film Production
• Computer Science: Information Technology, Telecommunications
• Criminal Justice
• Engineering: Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental, Civil/Structural, Chemical, Systems
• Finance
• Graphics
• Human Resources
• Journalism
• Labor Relations
• Law
• Marketing
• Psychology
• Public Administration
• Transportation Management
• Urban Transportation Planning
 
For more information and program overview search for SIPAlink Job ID: 67423.
 
Please note, deadlines vary by position. Please apply early to ensure consideration.
 
To search and view all current eligible internship positions, students must take the following steps to gain access to the MTA Internship-Mentorship Program Database.
 
1. Submit the following information to sipa_ocs@columbia.edu via an email with subject “Your Name” MTA-NYCT INTERNSHIP APPLICATION.
 
-Full name
-Phone number
-E-mail address
-Number of credits earned
-GPA
-Grade level (Graduate Student)
-Expected graduation date
-Available hours
-Residency status
-Unofficial transcript
-Course schedule
-Valid I-20 for international students
 
2. OCS will submit your information into the MTA system. You will receive an email with a user ID and log-in information within 48 hours. The log-in information will remain active for 30 days. With it, you will be able to access paid and unpaid projects for which you are eligible.
 
3. Use your log-in information to apply for internships on the MTA-NYCT Internship homepage. Internships are listed under "Current Projects and Positions".

 

Federal Hiring During the Freeze and Open Positions

This article originally appeared in the Partnership for Public Service's e-newsletter has been adapted for this purpose.

Students and job seekers may be discouraged by President Trump’s memorandum to freeze federal hiring, thinking that government should be excluded from their job or internship search. But they shouldn’t cross government off that list just yet. There are still plenty of opportunities available! Here are a few myths about the hiring freeze:

Myth: Government isn’t hiring at all.
Fact: There are many exemptions from the freeze, including national security and public safety positions deemed essential. Agencies also may request additional exemptions to meet their mission-critical needs. Some agencies – like Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) – have publicly announced lists of exemptions. Students should look at agency websites and social media, check with federal Human Resources points of contact and read job opportunity announcements carefully for more information.

Myth: I shouldn’t submit any applications during the freeze.
Fact: It’s in the best interest of students to continue applying throughout the hiring freeze! Some agencies are still hiring for exempted positions, while others are continuing certain recruiting and hiring actions. Even for vacancies or positions that are subject to the hiring freeze, agencies are still permitted to engage in recruitment activities, post job opportunity announcements, assess applications and conduct interviews. Students should make sure their applications are being considered since agencies are still hard at work trying to find the right candidates.

Myth: There are no student opportunities available right now.
Fact: Pathways Internship and Presidential Management Fellows Programs are exempted from the hiring freeze, meaning that agencies can continue hiring for those positions as usual. Additionally, unpaid student volunteer internships are exempt from the hiring freeze. Interns secured via a third party internship provider like the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) also are exempted.

There are many job and internship openings for agencies that are hiring right now. Check out these current job announcements and apply today:

Student Trainee (Biological Science Technician)
  • Agency: National Park Service
  • Location: Thousand Oaks, California
  • Deadline: March 13, 2017
  • Agency: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Deadline: March, 14, 2017
  • Agency: Defense Finance and Accounting Service
  • Location: Limestone, Maine
  • Deadline: March 20, 2017
  • Agency: Office of Personnel Management
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Deadline: March 23, 2017   

Devex Career Webinar: The Truth About Cover Letters

Often jobseekers think of their cover letters as the introductory document in their application. But most recruiters will actually read the resume first.  Once the applicant has piqued the employer's curiosity with their credentials, the cover letter becomes the primary way for them to get a feel for the applicant as a potential colleague.

The cover letter is the closing argument as to why someone should hire — or at least interview — the applicant. 

By attending this Devex Career Webinar on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:00am students will get the insight they need to make cover letter writing less daunting going forward. During the event attendees will learn:  
  • What to include in a cover letter
  • How to find a balance between resume highlights and personal content
  • How to structure a strong message
  • Effective tailoring and use of keywords 
  • Top cover letter do’s and don’ts 
Devex Career Webinars are exclusively for members with a Career Account. The Office of Career Services provides free membership for students here.

RSVP here; registered attendees will also receive a recording of the discussion to listen to at their convenience.

 
Upcoming Virtual Career Fairs: Disability, and Diversity

Students and alumni with disabilities may attend the Bender Virtual Career Fair for free on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Employers include Aetna, Deloitte, Houghton Mifflin Harcout, Microsoft, POLITICO, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (plus more!).  You may register here.

The Diversity Virtual Career Fair, held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, is open to diverse students and alumni from college and universities throughout the U.S.  It is free for jobseekers to attend. You can learn more here, and register for the event here.


CareerEco, the new career ecosystem, is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals. CareerEco's cloud recruiting events offer a unique method of connecting virtually that allows everyone to save time and eliminate the many burdens and costs associated with travel.
 

UN Summer Internship Reminder - Deadline March 19

Established in 1946, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) is responsible for US/UN issues and serves as a liaison to Congress, the US government and foundations in Washington as well as to the media, academic institutions and public across the United States. The Center includes a small reference library that houses official UN documents as well as other materials published by the United Nations. The office also supports high-level visitors from headquarters and field offices around the world. UNIC’s internship program presents an enormous opportunity for college students and post-graduates seeking a challenging work experience in international relations. The Center accepts interns three times a year (fall, winter/spring and summer) with deadlines posted on the website on an unpaid basis for a period of three months or more.

The UNIC is currently accepting applications for summer 2017 internships until March 19, 2017.  Most internships will begin in May, with some flexibility as to exact start dates, and last for at least three months. Click here to learn more and apply.

There are also opportunities available with other UN offices in Washington, DC. For more information on those internships please visit this webpage.

 
Upcoming Federal Employment Webinars
 
These events are for applying to positions with the U.S. Federal Government, which only hires U.S. citizens.
 
A Senior Federal Recruitment Advisor with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington, DC will be presenting several practical webinar information sessions during this spring 2017 semester to help students learn more about how to find and apply for federal jobs and internships (including Pathways) and strategies on preparing their federal resume. 
 
Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, including a Q&A period. There is no cost for the webinars, which are delivered via a link to Adobe Connect, a web-based software application that allows students to participate in the webinars from the convenience of their own individual laptops/desktops, wherever an internet connection is available.  There is no separate phone line as audio will be through the participant’s laptop/desktop speakers.
 
Please note that registration for each session is limited to 1500 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. 
 

Writing Your Federal Résumé  - This webinar teaches you how to develop and write your federal résumé.  By the end of this session, you will:
  • Know the importance of your résumé in applying for federal jobs and why preparing a thorough résumé is the single best step you can take towards obtaining federal government employment
  • Leave with tips and guidelines for improving your résumé
  • Learn how to use the USAJOBS Résumé Builder to create a new résumé
March 21, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST  (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST)
Register here

 
Foreign Policy Association Excelsior Student Membership
 
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Excelsior Student Membership Program is an exciting opportunity for current SIPA students to gain exclusive access to the brightest minds in international affairs.  Students accepted into the Foreign Policy Association Excelsior Student Membership Program will receive one year of FPA membership, the benefits of which include, invitations to attend numerous guest lectures, the annual World Leadership Forum, exclusive receptions with guest speakers, and networking events tailored specifically towards outstanding students looking to begin careers in international affairs.   

The first-established international affairs education organization in the United States, the Foreign Policy Association strives to strengthen our democracy by providing public learning opportunities and by developing informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.  In 2018, FPA will celebrate its 100th year serving as an independent, nonpartisan, and not-for-profit organization. Since its creation, the FPA has stimulated wider and more effective participation in world affairs, enriching national debates about America’s role in the world through education, inclusion, imagination, and open exchange of perspectives and ideas. 

With the introduction of the Excelsior Student Membership Program, the Foreign Policy Association commits to further expanding its reach while placing greater emphasis on inspiring and supporting the next generation of foreign policy leaders. The Excelsior Student Membership Program will give students the opportunity to interact with the Foreign Policy Association’s Fellows, as well as to attend the FPA’s robust lecture series. The Foreign Policy Association’s distinguished fellows include ambassadors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and prominent academics from a large variety of fields and backgrounds.

In order to apply for the Excelsior Student Membership Program, students must submit a cover letter addressing the attached questions, in addition to submitting an updated resume and an unofficial transcript.  Applicants must be current SIPA students. The Excelsior Membership will begin in April 2017 and end in May 2018. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2017.

We at the Foreign Policy Association are excited to work with the students of SIPA in this intriguing year in international affairs, and I look forward to your applications.

Best regards,

Adam Camiolo
Director of Membership
Foreign Policy Association
SIPA EMPA Class of 2019

 

NYC Career Series Schedule

Below is the spring 2017 schedule for the NYC Career Series.  The spring series focuses on public sector and nonprofit industries because the majority of their hiring takes place during this time.  Conversely, private sector panels are held during the fall semester.  Panelists include a mix of SIPA alumni and other professionals working for a variety of companies based in the NYC metro area.  For more information about these career panels, or to register to attend, please log on to SIPAlink.


Economic and Political Development
Monday, March 27 - 6:00pm-8:00pm IAB, Room 1501

Social Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, March 29 - 6:00pm-8:00pm IAB, Room 1512

Education Policy
Monday, April 3 - 6:00pm-8:00pm IAB, Room 1512

 
Tamer Center Summer Fellowship Program Application Cycle Opened on March 1



For complete guidelines, please visit The Tamer Center website here.

If you have questions about the eligibility of your organization or any other concerns, please contact The Tamer Center at: tamersesf@gmail.com.

 

CCSI Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute, is now accepting applications for internship positions for summer 2017.  Interns are staffed to one or more specific research projects depending on the background and interests of the particular applicant.  Unpaid and paid opportunities are available; summer internships are full-time (35-40 hours per week).

CCSI is a leading applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment.  Their mission is to develop and disseminate practical approaches and solutions to maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development.  The Center's work is organized around three major areas of research: Sustainable Investments in Extractive Industries, Sustainable Investments in Land and Agriculture, and Sustainable International Investment Law and Policy.

Summer 2017 internships are listed here. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

 
Reminder: Spring 2017 Internship Paperwork Reporting Requirements

Internships are an integral part of the student experience at SIPA.  While matriculated within their MPA or MIA degree program, students are required to complete at least 120 hours of an internship along with submitting completed paperwork as part of their academic coursework.

Students may also choose to complete the internship requirement with no credit (no course registration required), or they may choose to register for: U9013 course section 001 for 1.5 credits (for 120+ internship hours) or U9013 course section 002 for 3 credits (for 240+ internship hours).  The internship must be related to the student's concentration/specialization, as well as it must include professional, substantive work.  Lastly, the internship may not be conducted in a family-owned organization/business.  For full details, please review all sections of the Internship Requirement page here.  Information regarding the required paperwork can also be found at the same link under the "Required Paperwork" section.

The deadline for all paperwork (the student's Internship Report, the Internship Employer Information Form to be completed by the student, and the Supervisor Evaluation Survey) for Spring 2017 internships is *April 15, 2017.

*However, students graduating as of May 2017 should submit their paperwork before the April 15 deadline, so that they may be certified in time for graduation upon review of their internship information.

PLEASE NOTE: International students should be aware of special regulations when seeking paid internships in the United States.  Please review the International Student Work Authorization section of the OCS website here.


 
Summer 2017 Internship Funding Opportunities

Looking for funding for your summer internship?  Returning students in most SIPA programs may be able to receive specific grants/fellowships or even awards from other Columbia institutes or external organizations if the internship is also a degree requirement.  Below is a short list of the SIPA funding opportunities, plus you can review a full list of opportunities and eligibility requirements via SIPAlink and the OCS website here.  Best of luck for a successful summer!


 

Career Opportunities
JOB, INTERNSHIP, AND FELLOWSHIP POSTINGS

Each week, OCS compiles a list of new job postings from SIPAlink. Please click below to view the Excel spreadsheet and click on the tabs on the bottom of the sheet to view the list of Full-time Jobs, Fellowships, and Internships. You can find these jobs on SIPAlink by entering the Job ID. SIPAlink has hundreds of available opportunities. Please be sure to check both under Full-time and Internship Postings and On-Campus Interviews when doing a search. Please note that only new positions are listed here. For a comprehensive list of open positions, please visit SIPAlink.

Full-time Jobs and Internship Opportunities

Online Databases and Paid Subscriptions 

In addition to over 6,900 jobs that OCS posts every year, OCS also pays for subscriptions to online publications to assist you with your internship and full-time job search.

Latest publication information and updated subscription passwords

Share Your Offer/Acceptance Information with OCS

Please share your offer/acceptance information with OCS by emailing us at sipa_ocs@sipa.columbia.edu. We'd love to hear from you!

Updates from the Employer Relations Team
  • Education Pioneers – Nine first-year SIPA students have achieved finalist status for the Education Pioneers summer track and will enter the matching and placement process with participating organizations.
  • Morgan Stanley – A first-year SIPA student has accepted the Morgan Stanley 2017 Sustainable Investing Fellowship.

Walk-In Hours

Need career advice? Stop by the Office of Career Services for Walk-In Hours!

Walk-in advisement hours are available five days per week. Fifteen-minute advisement sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis during the above listed times. 
Please sign-in at the OCS front desk upon arrival for walk-in advice.

The schedule is: 

  • Monday - Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Friday, 1:00-2:00pm, 3:00-4:00pm
 
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