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

MSIE Career Placement Statistics

Gainful employment is what almost every student in the IEOR Department seeks upon graduation. Check out our placement page for more information on where students go.


There is a common misconception that placement for international students is different from placement for US citizens. While there are some visa restrictions for international students, the actual job search process is no different. You will have access to the same resources, and our placement statistics are the same for both groups.
We work closely with both employers and Columbia’s International Students and Scholars Office to make sure you have the information you need. If it is your first time studying in the US, you will be able to do an internship only after completing two full-time semesters, but that falls along the typical timeline for most students. Also, as a student in a STEM program, you have more time to find a full-time job with sponsorship (up to three years).

Mercedes Gomez, Career Placement Officer (MSOR & MSIE)

As the Career Placement Officer of the MSIE Program, my goal is to help each student maximize their potential by translating their skills and expertise to a role that actualizes their hopes for the future. I do this by working hand-in-hand with the career team, who have connections to industries that include finance, consulting, technology, marketing and media, energy, healthcare, fashion, manufacturing, construction—and the list goes on!

Are you interested in healthcare but not sure you want to work in a hospital? Take the Healthcare Operations course to see if it’s a good fit. Do you like the fashion industry? Do an internship with Louis Vuitton, Cartier, or other companies who have employed our students in the past. The world is your oyster, and our team is here to help prepare you with the tools to pry it open!

Your career journey with IEOR starts before you even arrive. Below is a roadmap to this journey, with various different signposts and markers to guide you.


Before the program starts, you will research roles, companies, and industries, and update your resume to reflect your career interests. You will also prepare an “elevator pitch.”


Starting at orientation and extending through Fall, we offer a Professional Development Course (ENGI E4000), which includes lectures and workshops to develop your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, networking and interviewing skills, and more. Students wishing to take advantage of the IEOR’ Department’s career services must take this course.


You can make an appointment or drop by during office hours to discuss your career interests and job search process.


Half of our job is working directly with employers. We have an employer database of industry contacts, many of whom are alumni, to help you with your internship or job placement. During any given week, you have access to the following:

  • Job postings directly from employers
  • On-campus recruitment that includes employer info sessions and interviews, and alumni networking events
  • Off-campus recruitment that includes on-site employer visits and alumni socials.

We also create resume books for our employer contacts to access.


Students can select one of three IE concentrations: Healthcare Management, Regulated Industries and Systems Engineering. If you are not sure what you want to do upon entering, consider taking one unique course from each concentration until you find your match. It is not required that you have a concentration.


While completing an internship in not required, the majority of our students complete at least one, usually in the summer after their second semester. Check out our placement page for more information on where students go.