Professional Development

GSAS Compass

GSAS Compass is a new initiative in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that offers a variety of career development services tailored to graduate students and recent alumni. Counseling appointments are now available. Please visit the GSAS Compass website for more information on career counseling and professional development workshops . 

GSAS Connect

GSAS Connect is a new online career-management hub available exclusively to the Graduate School’s master’s and doctoral students and alumni.
Here are some of the ways you can engage with GSAS Connect:
  • Schedule a career advising appointment to discuss your career goals, review a résumé or cover letter, prepare for an interview, or discuss building your professional community through networking.
  • RSVP to GSAS Compass workshops and events, such as the Job Search 360 series and employer information sessions.
  • Explore our Resource Library, a tailored collection of content to help you navigate your job search.
  • Search the curated job and internship database for positions for master’s and doctoral students posted by our employer contacts and GSAS alumni.
Click here to get started on GSAS Connect today. Please note that GSAS students also will continue to have access to LionSHARE through June 30, 2021. 

Human Rights Events

ISHR and its students organize regular events that allow students to deepen their understanding of human rights issues, learn about human rights careers, and expand their professional networks. These include:

  • Lectures and brownbags with human rights practitioners and academics
  • Alumni Speaker Series
  • Human Rights Students Networking Series
  • Career and internship panels and discussions
  • "Pizza with Your Prof" Series
  • Graduate Student  Research Series
  • Film screenings

For additional information, please visit the Education Events page. For all ISHR events, please see the ISHR calendar. To receive email announcements about upcoming events and opportunities, students can sign up for our listserves.

Essay Contest

The Human Rights Essay Contest and Colloquium Contest acknowledge students who have written exceptional academic papers that address issues related to human rights.

Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to two graduate students currently enrolled at Columbia University. Contest winners, along with other selected participants, are invited to present their papers during the human rights student colloquium. Click here to read more about the Essay Contest.

Newsletters and Mailing Lists

ISHR sends out a weekly newsletter informing students of upcoming professional development opportunities, including job and internship postings, calls for papers, upcoming conferences, and funding opportunities. To receive the newsletter, students can sign up for our listserves.

ISHR also has a database of human rights organizations that maintain active mailing lists, which is an excellent way to learn about professional development opportunities offered by various human rights organizations. 

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences also shares news and announcements with current students.