Columbia Arts Experience (CAE)
"I specifically came to Columbia yearning to take advantage of the arts mecca that embodies New York City, and after this internship experience, I finally feel not only connected to the arts network, but also ready to take on more."
-Adina Levin, CAE intern
The Columbia Arts Experience (CAE) internship program is sponsored by the Columbia University Center for Career Education (CCE) in partnership with the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. Launched in the 2007-2008 academic year, CAE provides selected students with a New York-based internship in the arts. CAE interns participate in special events and educational programming designed to help students explore career possibilities in the arts industry.
CAE interns can find opportunities in the following fields listed below. Internships for the 2013 year will be posted in the fall on a rolling basis on LionSHARE.
- Arts Administration
- New Media
The CAE program is a combination of internship experience at an arts organization, peer connections with other CAE interns and professional career development and support with a career counselor. Program features include the following:
- Pre-program training that includes program overview, professional skills workshops, panel discussion from arts professionals, and Q & A session with previous CAE interns.
- Twelve-week internship for 10-20 hours per week during the spring semester.
- Mid-semester breakfast with other interns to discuss and debrief on internship experiences.
- One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the ten weeks to support and enhance the internship experience.
- End-of-program reflection session where students and employers meet to acknowledge achievements made through the program.
Upon completion of the CAE program, students will have gained a richer understanding of the arts industry in New York City and will have gained substantive professional experience working at some of the premier arts institutions of the world. Students will have learned about a wide variety of career possibilities, had opportunities to network with arts professionals and other CAE interns, and gained a more in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the many facets of an arts organization. With the support of a career counseling professional, students will also be able to articulate their experience and reflect upon their internship experience appropriately to highlight key transferable skills.
Positions for spring 2013 are now closed. Please check back for more information regarding spring 2014 positions in Mid-September 2013.
2012 CAE Interns
|Columbia College senior, Moira Smalley completed an internship at the American Federation of Arts. Learn more about how her studies as a Russian Language and Cultures major and her internship impacted her outlook on future career opportunities.
Martha Scott Burton, first year Columbia College student, interned at Dance/NYC for the spring of 2013. Read more about a "day in the life" of her internship on Storify as she shares her experience working at the annual NYC Dance Syposium.
2011 CAE Interns
|As a third year Biology major and Religion major, Jason Mogen wanted to gain more exposure to the marketing and music industry. Read more about his incredible internship experience at Carnegie Hall here.|
|Yuan Kai Steven Tsai, a third year majoring in Earth and Environmental Engineering and minoring in Economics, had an interest in learning more about the research and business aspect of the arts industry. Read more about his experience working at PS122 here.
|Yun Seo Cho had an interest in expanding her knowledge of the arts here in NYC. As a first year student majoring in Economics , Ms. Cho had an extremely valuable experience working at the Kaufman Center. To learn more, read here.|
2010 CAE Interns
|Elaine Silver came to CAE with the goal of exploring careers
outside of her engineering major. She not only learned about arts
non-profits, but also gained a lot of insight into the skills she
possessed that could help her succeed in any industry.
|As a first-year Columbia College student and prospective Biology and Dance, Ariana Lott's ten-plus years of ballet training led her to apply for a position with the New York City Ballet. By the end of the Spring, she tacked CAE to the growing list of ways she could translate her extracurricular passions to professional interests.|
Please attend one information session to learn more about CAE as well as other CCE Spring Internship Programs (CCIA and VIP).
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CCE Conference Room
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
5:00pm - 6:00pm
CCE Conference Room
If you have questions about the CAE program, please feel free to contact:
Senior Assistant Director of Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
If you are an employer interested in hosting a student through the Columbia Arts Experience program, please contact:
Outreach Specialist of Employer & Alumni Relations