Working with Student Clubs
In addition to the single corporate presentation planned per class year through the CMC, additional events may be held in cooperation with student clubs at the clubs' discretion and with guidance from the School's administration. Clubs must have their fall on- or off-campus events on the School's event calendar by October 1, 2012. Club events planned after that date must be approved by the administration on a case-by-case basis. No new events - either on or off campus - will be accepted after October 31, 2012, with the exception of invitation-only events.
Student feedback indicates a preference for fewer events. Therefore, best practices indicate each event should include a robust number of company representatives to maximize student-company interaction. The CMC encourages collaborative events among multiple clubs and companies.
In an effort to streamline the process of working with clubs that sponsor a high volume of events and minimize conflicts within those industries, the administration is the first contact for club-sponsored events prior to November 12, 2012. These clubs include the Black Business Students Association (BBSA), Columbia Women in Business (CWIB), the Investment Banking Club, the Management Consulting Association, the Marketing Association of Columbia (MAC), and the Sales and Trading Club.
To propose a club-related event for these clubs in the fall, please fill out the "Request Club Event" form in COIN to indicate a preferred and alternate date and time, as well as the content of the event. The administration will consult the School-wide calendar and ensure there is capacity for the event, then enlist relevant club officers to take over the relationship for that preapproved event. Note that clubs will have the discretion to decline to participate in certain events or impose limits on the number of events that each company is allowed to hold. This is in response to calendar and event overload during key academic periods and to foster an equal opportunity to meet candidates. To propose an event with any other club at the School, you may reach out directly to relevant club officers, a list of which is available here.
Events featuring high-profile guest speakers must be booked through the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Tip for financial services recruiters: Schedule evening presentations with senior management before November 9, 2012, so as not to conflict with targeted off-campus events.
Please review the presentation calendar the CMC uses to plan events on behalf of students. To avoid conflicts, firms are advised to steer clear of these times when planning events with student clubs. For more information, contact Natalie Rios, manager of recruiting events. Companies must adhere to the following guidelines for planning events directly with clubs.
During a typical week in the fall term, clubs will be able to plan events at the following times Monday through Thursday:
- Breakfast: ending before 8:45 a.m. for 9 a.m. classes
- Select lunch periods (12:30 to 2 p.m.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays only
- Early evening: from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. (this is a firm end time due to other events in the evening)
- Late evening: after 9 p.m. (except Thursdays)
- Anytime on Fridays (after October 12, 2012, for first-years)
- Clubs may not include first-year students in any corporate or "educational" events sponsored by companies until September 26, 2011. Before this date, events must be for second-year students only.
- Targeted invitational off-campus events may not begin before November 12, 2012. Though no time period is guaranteed to be conflict-free, work with the relevant student clubs and Natalie Rios, manager of recruiting events, to find the best possible date for your events.
- Events may not take place during blackout periods.
Industry-focused club and affiliation conferences can give a firm great visibility among interested students. For general information about conferences, contact student club officers or the Office of Student Affairs at 212-854-4191.