The Inauguration of Minouche Shafik October 4th 2023

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The Career Design Lab (CDL) in the School of Professional Studies (SPS) is here to support students of all backgrounds, perspectives and identities; enabling them to bring their full selves to work. We believe all students should have an opportunity to achieve their career aspirations while embracing their race, religion, gender, or sexuality. We are here to assist you in finding opportunities to explore careers, connect with professionals, and ask helpful questions to determine your best fit with an employer.

At the Career Design Lab We:

  • Provide one on one coaching to students to support their career goals
  • Help you with understanding your rights in the workplace
  • Offer advice on how to find employers that provide employee resource or affinity groups
  • Offer programming on addressing diversity, inclusion and equity at work
  • Offer programming on how to be an ally


Career Planning Resources

Find resources relevant to the community to help you succeed.

Informational Interview Steps


Informational Interview Steps
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Claim your Free Impactpool Fellowship

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OPT Calculator

Please visit Columbia ISSO’s resource for OPT planning. It is a tool that will assist you in calculating your OPT …