Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate collaboration among students, alumni, employers, and faculty through holistic and innovative coaching and programming. We empower students to design and navigate agile, purpose-driven, and meaningful careers in a global and evolving workplace.

Our Philosophy


  • We believe in empowering students to build lifelong career skills, to hold themselves accountable, and to take ownership over their careers.
  • We are passionate about our work and believe in self-empowerment.


  • We meet students where they are and provide individualized and customized coaching.


  • We are flexible, agile, and resilient.
  • We provide creative career design space both virtually and physically.
  • We are not satisfied with the status quo but strive for innovation.


  • We build authentic and effective relationships.


  • We practice reframing our perspectives with a growth mindset.
  • We value efficiency and make data-informed decisions.

The Career Design Lab supports only students and alumni from Columbia University, School of Professional Studies with individualized career coaching sessions that cover your overall career assessment, resume & cover letter writing, agile internship & job search strategies, personal branding, interview skills, career transitions, salary negotiations, and more.

Wherever you are in your career journey, the Career Design Lab team is here to support you in all phases of career development.

What We Offer

  1. Individual In-Person/Virtual Career Coaching  Appointments
  2. Employer Related Events
  3. Career Development Events
  4. Job & Internship Opportunities via our career platform SPS Talent

Current Master’s Degree Program Students

One-on-one appointments are available by appointment through the CDL coaches’ appointment calendars. Coaches are assigned to specific degree programs and will provide one-on-one sessions. 


For information on our complete alumni services, please visit the SPS Alumni Services page.


Coaching appointments currently take place in person and virtually while classes are in session between Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm EST

Contact & Location

(212) 854-1102

729 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019

Service Hours

Monday 9AM -5PM
Tuesday 9AM -5PM
Wednesday 9AM -5PM
Thursday 9AM -5PM
Friday 9AM -5PM
Saturday CLOSED