Financial Engineering Careers

Tamar Hofer
Career Placement Director

FE Internship and Job Placement Statistics

The IEOR Career Team is dedicated to assisting students with professional development, internship and job placement upon graduation.

As the FE Career Placement Director I work exclusively with each student to translate their long term goals and determine the best possible way to apply their quantitative finance skills to industry.  Whether you are coming directly from undergrad or have 10+ years of work experience, I will work with you to translate your interests in strengths into a rewarding next step.  The world of quantitative finance has changed dramatically over recent years and our career placement and curriculum strive to stay at the forefront of new growth and trends.   

Together with the IEOR Career Team, we source internships and jobs that align with the core curriculum and also organize weekly employer and recruitment events either within the IEOR department or onsite at the employer in New York City. This ever-changing calendar of targeted recruiting events and Financial Engineering seminars will keep you quite busy for the duration of the program.  Students also benefit from the numerous resources such as employer presentations and mock interviews run by the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. 

Program graduates most typically gravitate towards quantitative roles in banks, hedge funds, asset management firms and ratings and financial services advisory firms. The most predominant functional roles for graduates are often in algorithmic trading and trade support, financial modeling and quantitative strategy, portfolio management, valuation, quantitative research and risk management and we offer concentrations in Computation and Programming, Computational Finance/Trading Systems, Finance & Economics, Derivatives and Asset Management.


“Columbia students are known to be the most well rounded, bringing both highly quantitative skills and a well-honed professional presence to our firm”

All admitted students are required to complete a Career Pre-Work before entering the program and will be required to complete our Professional Development Curriculum during the first semester.  These requirements prime students for their targeted job search and interview process and provide the experience you will need to be successful in this competitive marketplace.

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