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Student Handbook 2017-2018
The Student Handbook provides information on our program, faculty and staff, courses, requirements, and student resources.
In addition to reviewing this guide, please explore the program website, talk to current students, and read the weekly ICE Program email, called Notes from Grace Dodge Hall.
Click here to view and download the handbook: Student Handbook 2017-2018
ICE Newsletter "globalUPDATE"
Every Fall, the ICE program compiles a newsletter that highlights and gives an account of what has been happening in the program throughout the year. You can find news and updates ranging from faculty publications and research, Teachers College and ICE events, student achievement and fellowship recipients to alumni profiles.
Here are the previous editions of our newsletter:
If you have any interesting stories to share about the program or would like to be highlighted as a student or an alumni, please reach out to our doctoral fellow Erina Iwasaki at email@example.com.
ICE Internship Guidelines
The ICE faculty shared new Internship Guidelines for our program in the Spring 2015 semester. Please refer to these guidelines if you are planning to participate in an internship, especially if you would like to enroll for academic credit.
If you have any questions, please communicate with your faculty adviser directly. Even if you are not enrolling in a for-credit internship course, these guidelines will be helpful as you consider different practical training opportunities.
As you begin thinking about your internship or job search, please use this comprehensive ICE Internship and Career Guide to help you get started: ICE Internship and Career Guide.
Please also download the ICE Internship and Job Search Checklist to stay on track as you navigate the internship/job search process.
This Career Presentation provides useful information on how to search for internships and jobs in the field of international and comparative education, including useful tips for preparing for interviews, and post-interview follow-ups.
Here are some tips for writing a cover letter and a example of a resume that you can use as you prepare your materials:
This presentation, by Chris Talbot, covers job search, application and interview tips specifically for careers in Education in Emergencies: Chris Talbot Presentation
This presentation offers tips and guidance specifically for networking as part of the job or internship search:Job Search Networking Presentation
ICE Student Interns are proactive in finding internships and use a variety of means to locate opportunities. Here are some resources that are available:
- Weekly Grace Dodge Notes (listserv message - all current students are automatically subscribed)
- Web-based search engines (List of sites coming soon!)
- Websites of organizations
- TC Career Services (www.tc.columbia.edu/careerservices)
- Internship Fairs hosted by the Society for International Education, Teachers College and Columbia University
- Leveraging class-based projects carried out in partnership with external organizations
- Fellow students and professors
TC Career Services
Internships and other professional opportunities are an important part of the student experience. New and returning students in the International and Comparative Education program are strongly encouraged to pursue internships and other professional experiences as part of their education at Teachers College.
The ICE program has developed a comprehensive set of internship and career development resources for students and alumni, which can be found on this website. Alumni who are pursuing a job search or are interested in recruiting ICE students for internships, employment, or other professional experiences are most welcome to utilize all the resources available on this website.
Additionally, Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) offers a range of professional development services, ranging from resume writing workshops and mock interviews to networking events with employers. Be sure to visit the TCCS website at www.tc.columbia.edu/careerservices including the events calendar at TCCS for weekly career-related activities at Teachers College.
Be sure to visit the TCCS website which includes an events calendar of weekly career-related activities at Teachers College.
Information for Employers
The International and Comparative Education (ICE) program offers opportunities for employers and organizations to benefit from the contributions of current ICE students interested in internships and part-time work and graduates of the program interested in full-time employment.
ICE students and graduates have strong academic foundations, and many students already possess rich and diverse working experience in the field of international and comparative education. The program at Teachers College carefully prepares students to effectively engage at both intellectual and practical levels in the working arena, and provides them with the necessary skills and training to be valuable assets to companies and organizations both in the United States and around the world.
Employers and organizations in the education field rely on the hard work and contributions of ICE student interns to support their work, as well as carry out special projects. The program offers multiple pathways for employers to engage with students, for example, through direct internships, course-based work, faculty partnerships and customized project and research initiatives.
Our program has recently had ICE Student Interns working at:
International Rescue Committee
Save the Children
Tomorrow’s Youth Organization
Students Taking Action for Refugees
Center for Teaching International Relations
Search for Common Ground
Human Rights Watch
Institute of International and Comparative Education Research
Beijing Normal University
Amani Center for Street Children
Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching
New York City Global Partners
China National Institute for Educational Research, Nanshan School
US Peace Corps
International Baccalaureate Organization
Academy for Educational Development
National Ministries of Education
International Development Center of Japan
World Education Inc.
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Share with us information about what internships and full time positions are available at your organization. We will also be happy to contact you to discuss opportunities for other collaboration of mutual interest.
Information for Alumni
The ICE program relies on alumni to support each new generation of ICE graduates. Alumni are invited to come to ICE career events as representatives of their organizations, to speak on panels, and to share information about internship and job opportunities that are of interest to current students.
Alumni who are looking for new employment opportunities are encouraged to utilize all of the resources available to Teachers College students, including this website as well as Teachers College Career Services (TCCS).
The following services are offered through TCCS for both students and alumni:
- Career Counseling Appointments
- Career Document Review
- Mock Interviews
- Walk-in Hours
- TCCS LinkedIn Group
Visit the TCCS website for more information on these services.
Director: Professor Mary Mendenhall