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Columbia College Alumni-Sponsored Student Internship Program (CCASSIP)



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, and have additional support from CCE career counselors.

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.
    • 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

    Apply Now and Eligibility

    Applications are completed for summer 2016. Check back in fall of 2016 for opportunities the following summer.

    To be eligible for consideration for CCASSIP program, student must meet the following criteria and must be available to fulfill all of the program requirements.

    1. Enrolled full-time undergraduate student of Columbia College (students who are on leave of absence or who have withdrawn from Columbia University are not eligible).

    2. Currently registered student in good academic and disciplinary standing. 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.

    There are CCASSIP positions open to first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Some positions are only open to certain class years based on the employers specifications. This will be noted in the job description on LionSHARE.

    In order to apply, 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

    Updated information session dates will be added by fall 2016.

    Student Experiences

    Interested in learning about other Columbia University students' experiences during their CCE sponsored internships? Click here to read about internship experiences from all of CCE's internship programs!

    Program Contacts

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

    Jennie Preis
    Senior Associate Director, Experiential Education

    Alison Smith
    Program Counselor, Experiential Education