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January 22, 2017

Weekly Events
January 23 - February 3

Announcement In This Issue

Spring 2017 Work-Study Position Available at OCS!
Congratulations to Ten SIPA Students and Alumni in the 2017 Class of Presidential Management Fellows!
Writing Resources at Columbia
Reminder: Spring 2017 Internship Paperwork Reporting Requirements
Public Sector Alumni/Student Networking Reception
Civil Service STEM and Foreign Affairs Fellowships
February 1 Deadline for the 2017 St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award
CCSI Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships

Internship Opportunities at CAIR
Free OPM Webinars for Job Seekers
Stay in the Loop with Eurasia Group's Weekly Newsletter

Student Resources
Career Opportunities 
Online Databases and Paid Subscriptions

Share Your Offer/Acceptance Information with OCS
Walk-In Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


International Innovation Corps Information Session
IAB, Room 410

NYS Excelsior Fellowship Information Session
IAB, Room 410



NYC Career Series: Public Health
IAB, Room 1512

Third Way Information Session 
IAB, Room 410

Registration Opens for Public Sector Alumni/Student Networking Reception

NYC Career Series: Environmental Policy
IAB, Room 1512
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Spring 2017 Work-Study Position Available at OCS!

Congratulations to Ten SIPA Students and Alumni in the 2017 Class of Presidential Management Fellows!

Kudos to the ten SIPA students and alumni who achieved Finalist status in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) assessment process!  Columbia University had a total of fourteen Finalists, and SIPA was the front runner with 10, followed by the School of Public Health (2), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1), and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (1).  Nine members of the class of 2017 and one alumna from the class of 2015 were among the group. Go SIPA!

Writing Resources at Columbia

More and more, employers stress that they are looking to hire candidates that have strong writing skills.  

The Writing Center provides writing support to undergraduate and graduate students.  In one-on-one consultations and workshops, their consultants offer feedback and strategies to help students improve at every stage of writing, from brainstorming to final drafts.  To learn more about what happens in a Writing Center consultation, click here.  The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm and Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm.  It is located at 310 Philosophy Hall (the first floor when entering through the main entrance) in the far back right.

International students also have access to courses with Columbia University's School of Professional Studies' American Language Program.  Their programs include intensive and part-time English courses, including Academic Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Pronunciation.

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.

Public Sector Alumni/Student Networking Reception

Registration for SIPA's NYC Public Sector Alumni/Student Networking Reception will open at 12:01am on the morning of Wednesday, Feburary 1, 2017.  This event focuses on alumni working in the public sector, nonprofits, and NGOs in the New York metro area.

As a key part of our New York City Career Series 2016-2017, this reception provides a venue for SIPA alumni working in the public and nonprofit sector to share their experiences with current students interested in their various industries.

Business attire is required.

The reception will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan (58 Park Avenue near East 38th Street) from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Space is limited and registration will close when all spaces are taken. Please register here on February 1.

Civil Service STEM and Foreign Affairs Fellowships

The Bureau of Human Resources is pleased to announce the launch of two agency-wide fellowships that are designed to bring young talent into the U.S. Department of State.

The Civil Service Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Fellowship Program was designed to bring talent into the global technical environment.  The program is open to individuals who, at the time of application, will have completed their formal education in one of the identified STEM disciplines.  The application period will open on January 23, 2017.

The Civil Service Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program was designed to bring talent into the Department's foreign affairs ranks.  The fellowship is open to individuals whose educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs occupation.  The application period will open on February 6, 2017.

There are seven bureaus participating in the Fellowships, 15 different occupations for applicants to choose from, and over 50 positions available.

Visit Civil Service STEM and Foreign Affairs Fellowships to learn more and sign up under Keep Me Informed to receive a notification when the application period begins.


February 1 Deadline for the 2017 St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

Take part in the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2017 to qualify for participation as a "Leader of Tomorrow" in the world's premier opportunity for inter-generational debates: The 47th St. Gallen Symposium (3-5 May 2017).
  • Join the debate with 600 top global leaders and decision makers
  • All expenses for travel, board and lodging paid; travel service provided
  • Meet 200 of the world's brightest young minds
  • Present your thoughts and visions to hundreds of international leaders
  • Win the world's foremost student essay contest, CHF 20,000 - prize money
  • Become a member of a unique global community
Write an essay to the question "Breaking the status quo - What is YOUR disruptive idea?"

The 100 best competitors get invited to the 47th St. Gallen Symposium. To win the award, the six finalists will compete against each other on the symposium's big stage and convince the jury of their ideas. The three very best candidates will receive the prestigious award.  Deadline to submit your essay is Wednesday, February 1.

For more information regarding the competition, visit: or search for SIPAlink Job ID 66071.
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 3 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.

Internship Opportunities at CAIR

Still looking for that perfect summer internship?  The Council on American-Islamic Affairs (CAIR) has specifically requested applications from SIPA students.  You can take a look at available internships here; applications are accepted year-round.  No time for another internship?  Consider applying to be an outreach volunteer!

Free OPM Webinars for Job Seekers

Have you been thinking about applying for employment with the Federal Government?  Would you like guidance from experts on preparing a Federal resume or tips on interviewing for Federal jobs?

Join the staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for a series of in-depth briefings on these and related topics designed to assist those seeking jobs with the Federal Government.

There is no cost for these sessions and, because they are virtual (online) sessions, you can participate from any location provided you have an Internet connection.

Sessions will be offered monthly.  To find out more or to register, click on the event:
The sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Federal hiring process; however, registration for each event will be limited to 1,500 attendees.

For additional tools and resources, visit the Applicants Tools and Resources link.

Stay in the Loop with Eurasia Group's Weekly Newsletter

Students interested in careers in international relations, political risk, or business should consider signing up for Eurasia Group's newsletter, Signal.  The newsletter is a weekly window in their analysis and process.  They regularly feature job advertisements, public events, and other items of interest for students and faculty.  You can sign up here.


Career Opportunities

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  We'd love to hear from you!  

Updates from the Employer Relations Team
  • Statoil - One student has accepted a position with Statoil in their Connecticut office.
  • Synpulse - a May 2017 graduate will be joining Synpulse.

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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Office of Career Services
420 West 118th Street, Room 420
New York, NY 10027

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