Professional Development

The students and alumni of the program benefit from the Earth Institute Professional Development Program. The program’s initiatives enrich classroom learning, as students and alumni prepare to enter or advance in the field of sustainability management. The program focuses on skill building, access to leading practitioners, career networking, and specialized job search strategies and tools. Students also have access to personalized career counseling.

Job Search Tools

The Earth Institute Job List includes some 300 current opportunities at any one time, including a diverse mix of full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. The Resume Book is searchable database for employers who are recruiting for sustainability positions. . A list of resources for sustainability career planning is made available to students, as well as free access to Glassdoor.

Career Counseling

Students have access to one-on-one, 45-minute career counseling sessions with a career coach, where they can get feedback on resumes and cover letters, and other forms of personalized assistance in their job search. The sessions are limited to one per student per academic year.

All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair

The annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair attracts top organizations from the private, non-profit, and public sectors to the Columbia campus. The Fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all Ivy League schools, as well as Earth Institute alumni.


The Earth Institute seeks to link students with internships in sustainability and related management, policy, engineering, and science fields. Through the Earth Institute Internship Program, students work at participating external organizations, who are committed to offering paid internships each year to students in the Earth Institute’s education programs. The Earth Institute too, provides paid internships at Earth Institute research centers.

Sustainability Skill-Building

The Sustainability Seminar Series comprises half- and full-day non-credit seminars that help students gain cutting-edge skills they can use to succeed in the field. Below you’ll find a sample of what we have offered in the past and a list of upcoming events can be found here.

  • LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Seminar
  • Urban Metabolism
  • Planning a Green Vehicle Fleet
  • Sustainable Smart Technology and Controls Seminar
  • General Motor’s Electric Vehicles and Sustainability Report Seminar
  • Advanced and Financial Excel Skills Training
  • Climate Adaptation Planning Seminar
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Seminar
  • Sustainability Metrics
  • Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Corporate GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard
  • Public Speaking – Communication Strategy and Delivery
  • Product Lifecycle Assessment and Carbon Footprinting
  • Consulting 101: How Consultants Win Work
  • Networking and Interviewing Skills Seminar
  • Corporate Sustainability Consulting
  • IRRI Mexico: Projects for Local Sustainable Solutions

Access to Sustainability Practitioners

The Sustainability Speaker Series features talks by leading practitioners, who discuss their work and their organizations, and who offer career advice. Networking events among students and alumni also provide a setting for learning about the job market from colleagues in the field.

Each spring semester, the Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership host sustainability practitioners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The talks are open to students and alumni.