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Employment & Volunteer

Prospective Students | Admissions | Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS)
Doctoral Students | Employment & Volunteer | Financial Considerations
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You can begin by looking at the list of open GA and work study positions listed on the TC employment web site. You can apply for GA and work study positions through this site:
https://careers.tc.columbia.edu

You can contact your faculty advisor and let him or her know that you are interested in a GA or work study position and find out if any are being offered in the program.

You might also identify particular professors you are interested in working with and reach out to them individually to see if they have any GA or work study positions available.

Am I able to apply for a GA or work study position in other departments?

You can apply for any open position at Teachers College. Check the listing of openings on the human resources website:
http://tc.columbia.edu/administration/hr

Are there any adult education settings nearby where I can volunteer?

It is important to start by thinking about what kind of adult education settings you would be interested in volunteering. Adult education is a very broad field and encompasses a wide range of settings, including for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and higher education.

Some important questions to consider are:

  • What populations of adults are you interested in working with?
  • What settings are you most interested in working at?
  • What kind of work would you like to be doing?
  • How much time do you have available?
  • How long of a commitment are you willing to make?

Once you have answered some of these questions, you can begin to look for specific settings that might meet your preferences.

You might start by looking at the career services web site to see if there are any internship postings from organizations that might fit your interests:
http://tc.columbia.edu/careerservices

Sign up for the career services list serve and be on the lookout for job fairs where you can meet organizations that might have volunteer opportunities.

You can also meet with someone at career services to talk about your interests and find out if they know of organizations or agencies that could be a good fit.

You can also speak with your academic advisor, faculty, or other students in our program about organizations they know of that might be in-line with what you are looking for.

How do I find out what research is happening in the field of adult education? How do I become a part of it?

How do I find out what research is happening in the field of adult education? How do I become a part of it?

Start by looking at the faculty in our program to see their research interests.

If they are doing research in an area you interested in, contact them and see if you can talk with them more about the work they are doing or find out if they know of research you can be involved with.

You can search for Graduate Assistant positions listed on the TC employment web site here:
https://careers.tc.columbia.edu

You should also familiarize yourself with the library web site: http://library.tc.columbia.edu/ Try searching ERIC database for articles related to your interests and look at journals such as Adult Education Quarterly or publication from the Teachers College Record:
http://tcrecord.org

If there is a research topic you are interested in, you might consider starting your own research project. Seek out faculty with similar interests and find out if they might be willing to help you.

What are the employment opportunities provided by Columbia for graduates of this program?

You can begin by looking at the career services web site to see if there are any job postings from organizations that might fit your interests:
http://tc.columbia.edu/careerservices

Sign up for the career services listserve and be on the lookout for job fairs and resume drops.

You can also meet with someone at career services to talk about your interests and get help on your resume and job search.

You can also speak with your academic advisor, faculty, or other students in our program about alumni from our program you could connect with or organizations they know of that are might in-line with your interests.

Are career/placement services available to students?

Teachers College's Office of Career Services offers consultation and placement services, as well as workshops on job search strategies and skills. In addition, Career Services works with student interest groups to organize job fairs and provide other career- related networking opportunities. For more information, please visit the Career Services website:
http://tc.columbia.edu/careerservices