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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 

Program Overview

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 2015 year will be posted in the fall on a rolling basis on LionSHARE. 

  • Architecture
  • Arts Administration
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Music
  • New Media
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Writing/Media/Publishing

Program Features

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 dinner 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. 

Program Benefits

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.



The application period is now closed. Please check back for Spring 2017 opportunities in Fall 2016. 

Student Experiences




CAE Intern Jacquelyn Kovarik reflected on her past experience at Free Arts NYC by creating a piece of her own art



Connie Long


Connie Long worked as a Business Intern for Situation Interactive, an organization with clients in all realms of entertainment. Look at her experience through her own creative lens. 

Olaya Barr


Here you'll find Olaya Barr's work with Girls Write now, an organization of women community writers, which helped her work with her three passions: creative writing, feminist rights and social work and youth education.  Learn more by reading Olaya's reflection.


CAE Intern Stephanie Gozali worked as a Chamber Intern at the Motyl Chamber Ensemble.  Read Stephanie's colorful reflection about her experience.


CAE Intern Bintu Conteh gained valuable experience in the entertainment industry at The Apollo Theater. Read Bintu's insightful reflection about her experience.

CAE Intern Percy Stubbs had a first hand look at the daily operation of the New Yorker through his work as an Advertising Intern. Read Percy's insights and reflection about his experience.


CAE Intern Elliot Kwon explored his interests in arts administration and architecture as an Arts Administration Intern at the Center for Architecture Foundation. Read Elliot's enriching reflection about his experience.

Shuting Cai


Read about CAE Intern Shuting Cai's journey through New York City as she helps aide in the production of events held by NYC/Dance, including the organization's February Symposium.


Information Sessions

Please attend one information session to learn more about CAE as well as other CCE Spring Internship Programs (KCCAP@CU, SIP and VIP).

Monday, October 12, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CCE Conference Room
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
5:00pm - 6:00pm
CCE Conference Room
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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contacts

If you have questions about the CAE program, please feel free to contact:

Alison Smith
Program Counselor, Experiential Education 

If you are an employer interested in hosting a student through the Columbia Arts Experience program, please contact:

Vernon Gibbs
Associate Director, Alumni Outreach