Welcome Employers!

Your partnership with Career Design Lab is invaluable, and we are committed to providing you with the resources and support you need to meet your firm’s needs.


Joining SPS Talent gives you access to School of Professional Studies students and alumni, from those seeking internships and entry-level roles to experienced professionals wanting to advance their careers.

International students offer a wide range of skills and abilities, including multiple languages and cross-cultural skills, maturity, flexibility, proven ability to adapt to new situations, and knowledge of work practices in another country. International students generally hold F-1 (student) visas while studying in the United States. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) permits students to undertake internships during their studies and full-time employment for a specific period of time after graduation for practical training. The INS defines practical training as paid employment related to the student’s field of study. If you have questions about hiring international students, please consult your human resources department or refer to the Columbia University International Students and Scholars Office.

The Columbia University School of Professional Studies offers Master of Science programs that are STEM-designated, which grants graduates an additional 24 months of work authorization on Optional Practical Training (OPT). Those programs are:

The CDL Employer Newsletter will be a monthly auto subscription packed with insightful articles on topics such as best hiring practices, industry trends, hot topics, and professional development. Check out our latest editions and blogs from our interns.

Leveraging Global Talent: By Rafa Sattar, CDL Employer Relations Intern

“Employers have everything to gain in diversifying the breadth and depth of experience of their talent pool. In 2022, 54.1% of Columbia SPS graduates were international. By leveraging the skills of international students, employers can cultivate a diverse and dynamic work environment and ultimately gain a competitive edge…”



Career Resources

Podcast Episode 15: Reinventing Yourself To Evolve

We sat down with Soo-jin Kim, an alum of the Columbia Business School, to discuss how her career has evolved …

Podcast Episode 14: Leading with Empathy

In the conversation with Columbia University alum Hsing-Hsing Li she mentions the importance of empathy in leadership and learning from …

Podcast Episode 13: Embracing The Messiness of Life and Navigating Uncertainty


In the thirteenth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Sam Quan Krueger, Head of Digital …
Podcast Episode 12: Learning to Say No at Work


In the twelfth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Eric Nehrlich, executive coach at Too …
Podcast Episode 11:  Make Your Own Opportunities


In the eleventh episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Brandon Mikolaski, the Head of …
Podcast Episode 10:  Follow Your Passion
In the tenth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Sheila Sarem, the founder and CEO …

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