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Columbia College Alumni-Sponsored Student Internship Program (CCASSIP)

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Program Overview

The Columbia College Alumni-Sponsored Student Internship Program (CCASSIP) is an exciting opportunity for full-time currently enrolled Columbia College students to have an internship experience connected to an alum and developed through a strong partnership between the Center for Career Education and the Columbia College Alumni Association and Development.  These internships are available across a variety of industries and are unique opportunities to gain direct industry exposure.  The internships each year are predominantly in New York but there is also potential for them to be in other cities across the country and globe.  In past summers, internships were held in New York, Beijing, San Francisco, Washington, D.C and more.  As part of the program, students will have an alumni sponsor, are paired with an alumni mentor, engage in professional development training prior to beginning their internship, take part in networking events, and have the support of CCE.

Program Features

CCASSIP is a combination of internship experience at a company sponsored by a Columbia College alum, peer connections with other CCASSIP interns, and professional career development and support with a career counselor. Program features include the following: 

    • Pre-program training
      Professional development training that includes a program overview, tips on making the most of your internship experience, goal-setting, and a discussion of your personal brand.
    • Internship experience
      Internship experience for 8-12 weeks during the summer. Duration of internship varies depending on opportunity. Internships are both paid and unpaid depending on industry and position.
    • Columbia College Alumni Network
      Columbia College alumni mentor and sponsor to provide personal and professional advice and guidance.
    • Social and networking event
      Social and networking event with industry professionals and alumni during the summer.
    • End-of-program reflection session
      Session where students meet to acknowledge achievements made through the program. 

    Program Benefits

    Students completing this program leave the program with:

    • A greater ability to articulate the skills gained from their experiences
    • Information about professional etiquette and increased confidence in navigating workplace scenarios that may arise
    • Knowledge of how to effectively set personal learning goals
    • The ability to articulate the transferable skills they have gained
    • The opportunity to reflect upon their professional experiences so that they may have a greater understanding of the qualities and characteristics they seek in an ideal job
    • The ability to draw connections between their professional experiences and other academic or extracurricular interests
    • The ability to articulate preferences and skills in their resumes, cover letters, and interviews

    Opportunities

     All CCASSIP opportunities will be posted over the course of late fall and throughout the spring semester in LionSHARE.  Search in the keyword box "CCASSIP" to find all positions or search by Job ID.  

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    CCASSIP opportunities are open to full-time currently enrolled Columbia College first-years, sophomores, and juniors.

    *Please note, by submitting an application, you authorize the Center for Career Education to conduct academic and disciplinary checks to confirm program eligibility. Certain University policy violations may disqualify you from consideration for the CCASSIP program.

    Opportunities will begin to be posted in the fall of 2014 and will continue rolling in through the fall and early part of the spring semester. Search "CCASSIP" as a LionSHARE keyword or set up a job search agent to be emailed as new positions are posted.
    Upload your documents to LionSHARE and submit requested documents to positions of interest. You can apply to as many positions as you are interested in for this program.

     

    Employers specify the documents in the LionSHARE posting that they are interested in receiving. Usually this includes the following:
    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter (depending on position)
    3. Unofficial Transcript
    4. Writing sample (depending on position)

    Information Sessions

    Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
    5:00pm-6:00
    Center for Career Education, Conference Room

    Register Here

    Thursday, January 29th 2015
    5:00pm-6:00pm
    Center for Career Education, Conference Room

    Register Here

    Student Experiences

    Andrea Acosta

    Intern: Andrea Acosta, CC 2015 

    Employer: New York State Courts - Nassau County

    Location: Westbury, NY

    Andrea gives an informative overview of her experience as a legal intern for the Nassau County Family Court here

    Emilia

    Intern: Emilia Alvarez-Torres, CC 2017

    Employer: Public Art Fund

    Location: New York, NY

    In her journalEmilia enthusiastically describes the projects she undertook and the events she attended as a development intern for the Public Art Fund.

    Sariel

    Intern: Sariel Frankfurter, CC 2016

    Employer: The Kitchen 

    Location: New York, NY

    Read about Sariel's in-depth exposure to the arts industry as a summer curatorial intern for The Kitchen. 
    Kimberly Hou

    Intern: Kimberly Hou, CC 2016

    Employer: Argo Group 

    Location: New York, NY

    Kimberly blogs about her initiation into finance, discussing the joy of overcoming unexpected challenges. 
    Alexandra Valdez

    Intern: Alexandra Valdez, CC 2016

    Employer: Judge Alvin Hellerstein

    Location: New York, NY

    Read about how Alexandra was able to apply her critical thinking skills and produce valuable and meaningful work as a government intern. 


    Program Contacts

    If you have questions about CCASSIP, please feel free to contact:

    Jennie Preis
    Senior Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
    jlc2228@columbia.edu

    Philip Grace
    Program Counselor, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
    ppg2105@columbia.edu